When God Doesn’t Answer our Prayers

God is everywhere, being Omnipresent. He knows everything, being Omniscient.


Psalms 139:1-12 (KJV) O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.

Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.


When we pray, or think anything, or say anything, He knows all of them.

His answer to our prayers could be a Yes, No, or Wait. Yes, He approves and He gives. No, we ask amis and He does not give. Wait, He withholds for a certain time because it is not yet the perfect time. However doesn’t seem to answer, He doesn’t seem to react to what we’re praying for.

There are certain reasons. It could be that we are still living in sin.


Isaiah 59:1-2 (KJV) Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.


It could be that we have not yet established a correct relationship with Him through His Son Jesus.


John 14:6 (KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.


Being heard and answered by God is an easy task for God, however, there are certain things that we must as humans must satisfy before we can expect His approval and answer.

Am I right with God? Do I believe in His Son Jesus? Do I live a pleasing life before Him? Do I have saving faith?

I have been a believer for more than twenty years and I can assure you that God answers. We prayed once for my uncle who could not walk without a support and after praying he did walk miraculously. We prayed for a dying dog and she did recover. We prayed for a meal in an empty table and after the prayer the meal arrived.

Yet sometimes God did not give us what we prayed for. We asked for a certain car but He gave another one. We prayed for instant healing but He gave a gradual healing.

But God certainly answers in His own ways. He is never obligated to answer in our terms.

The Virtue of Waiting

They say patience is a virtue, and so it is also in the Christian Faith. Patience is not just an important ingredient for growth – it is essential, it is necessary, and it is foundational.

God does His work to His children in His timing, and never in our own timetable. No matter how much we struggle and fight against it, His timing will always win. In fact, the more we fight against it and the more we try to hasten up things, the more God delays it – patience is essential.

Patience is hard for us because by nature we do not like waiting. Experience tells us that waiting is painful. We never like the experience of being still. We always want to get at once what we desire, because in our heart is self-centeredness – we would like to run things in our own ways and timing.

God is the potter, we are the clay; and those functions and roles will never change. It is especially true in the area of sanctification. Just like all Israel we are just too stubborn and can never learn fast. Worse, often we do not like to learn God’s ways, so delay becomes even more inevitable. The more we resist God’s dealings the more we live in the flesh; the more we deny ourselves and let God do His work the more we yield to His Holy Spirit in reverent submission. Sanctification is a life-long process; sanctification is a lifetime battling against sin and flesh.

Let us then cooperate with God and His Holy Spirit. Let us then vehemently pursue to live in His Word as our daily practice and occupation. Let us be like diamonds, which are stones that when taken anew have no beauty and lustre, but when carefully carved little by little by a thousand strokes slowly reveals their natural beauty and sparkle.

20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (Romans 8)

One Day When We Get to Heaven

One Day, a song from Matt Redman is one of my favourite Christian songs. It speaks of God’s Transcendence and Immanence, His Sovereignty and Intimacy, and our Fulfilment and Perfection in His presence. These things are only realized in their highest fulfilment on heaven when we get to heaven and see Jesus. But right now, what we can do is to wait and hope for the best things that have been prepared for us.

Waiting is often painful, and so is hoping for the things that are seem impossible to get. Well, praise God, we know that God’s promises are true, and God’s holy character puts us in the deepest assurance that whatever He has promised He will fulfill. Then comes the greatest object we are waiting and hoping for – Jesus Himself – our Redeemer, our Salvation. This is indeed the greatest of all waiting and all hoping because the Object is simply beyond known human perfections and aspirations.

Sometimes though, our trust in the Grandest Object becomes dim because of our environments. We desire truly to hope, but the strings of our trust are often cut off during the worst of times. We believe, but our belief becomes lukewarm. We strive hard to remain faithful, but our strength fails us sooner than we think.

But one day all of these will change. One day all troubles and sources of doubt will be swept away. One day all hope will be realised, felt, and seen. Indeed that day will be the full fulfilment of Jesus’ prayer. The prayer was beautifully recorded in John 17, and let us again read some most glorious parts of the said prayer.

20“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. (John 17)

Glimpses of God’s Glory

13 JULY 2017, 10:50 PM

I am so grateful to God for this wonderful day. In simple yet powerful ways He allowed me to see His greatness.

God used me to bring His message of love and hope in the form of rebuke at the Provincial Jail with the Scripture of Lamentations 3:22-26.

Lamentations 3:22-26 (KJV) It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

God’s message for the prisoners was: Wait on His deliverance in the time of His discipline. It was a message of rebuke, yet love and hope were present. If only they would look upon His discipline as an expression of His Fatherly love, then they would also sense hope, and bring themselves under humble submission to the rod of their heavenly Father. Instead of rebellion, they would develop in their hearts a greater love for their Father.

Hebrews 12:5-6, 11 (KJV) And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

As I was speaking His message, I could deeply sense God’s presence in their lives and their spirits were touched.

The second thing for which I was so thankful to God was my prayer time with a sister in faith. God allowed me to pray for her, releasing her from her burdens and granting her to receive more of God’s blessings. She cried in the presence of God, thankful for the freedom and peace that she received.

Am I grateful because God used me? Yes, but the main reason why I praise God is that He again allowed me to see His glory and greatness in simple yet powerful ways. I do not deserve any of these, and the fact that I am undeserving makes me praise Him even more. Truly, I am most satisfied in God when I know that God is most satisfied (and glorified) in God. It has absolutely nothing to do about me.

Let’s Get Up Again

07 JULY 2017, 05:09 PM

In my life of constant weakness amd struggles, against hardships, temptations and the test of character, may God again help me to endure.

I may not completely know the plans of the Lord, but I am resting on Him.

Will I teach again?

Will I pursue my teaching career? Only God knows.

Isaiah 55:8 (KJV) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

The ways of the Lord, His plans and wisdom, are hard to comprehend. Much more, waiting proves to be a real challenge. Waiting tests our endurance, the depth of our character, and maybe the most of all, our faithfulness. Often when we do not understand God, or cannot anymore wait on Him, we start to choose our own ways and thinking. Often, this results in sinning.

It is always best to wait upon the Lord, fit wisdom and strength.

Psalms 27:14 (KJV) Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.