Trusting in God When Prayers are Unanswered


Have you ever wondered why God didn’t answer your prayer?  Ever been excited for something that you just knew was going to happen and then it fell apart?  I’ve spent the last three months on a similar journey.  I was so frustrated that I even took time away from writing my blogs.

Crying Out

I spent the last three months crying out to God for something very specific that I strongly believed I needed.  To date He has not answered my prayer, at least not in the way that I wanted him to.  I had come up with this brilliant plan about how I would do all these things and God would give the increase as I needed.  In my prayer time I was like, “God all I need you to do is throw down the blessing and anoint the plan.”  When it didn’t happen in the timing and in the way that I wanted it to I was so hurt.  I felt rejected.  Guess what?  Sometimes God rejects our plans, but He never rejects us.  I cried like a baby, “Why? Why? Why?” Because:

My thoughts are not your thoughts. Nor are your ways My ways (Isaiah 55:8).

God sees the things that we can’t see.  We see what’s right in front of us, but God sees what’s in front of us, beside us, behind us.  He sees how things will unfold if they happen OUR way.  He never intended for us to understand everything and that is the reason we have to trust in Him.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding (Prov. 3:5).

Our own understanding is so limited that when we go to the Lord with our plans we don’t even know if our plan is best.  It’s usually not and that’s why we ask for His will to be done.

In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6).

I didn’t acknowledge the Lord.  I assumed that I knew best and in doing so I asked Him to follow me instead of me being directed by Him.

Today, after choosing His presence over my plan I finally understand why my prayer wasn’t answered in my way.  I am so glad that God rejected my plan and chose to embrace me instead.  In these moments I am reminded of the importance of trusting in Him even when I don’t understand and He doesn’t answer the way I want Him to.

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10a).