Unanswered prayer is a common obstacle we women struggle with as we navigate God’s path on our journey to purpose.
Can you relate?
Often, what we may consider unanswered prayer isn’t so much that. It’s more God’s message of not yet. And while he is not legalistic about our prayers, he is continually drawing us out and forward to be more like Christ in our mind and heart even as we lift our hands and pray.
In other words, maybe we’re not so much waiting on him as he is waiting on us.
Here are six scripture verses that when deeply considered, may bring the wisdom, teaching, and change God awaits from us before moving from not yet to now.
6 Scriptures Can Bring Change To Unanswered Prayer
But seek first his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
Who or what is at the top of your list of priorities? Who do you value most in your life? What relationship do you consider most worthy of your time?
While it is God who calls us to him and works through us to his good will, he does give you and me the choice to decline his invitation to grow and mature our relationship.
There’s only one way to change this … intentionally make Jesus your number one priority. Number one means number one. Over husband, children, career, self, and so on.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you. John 15: 7
In the Greek, the word remain means to stay, abide, be present in a given place, state, relation or expectancy. (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible)
Jesus telling us to remain in him is to say, “Hang out with me. Walk with me. Talk with me. I love you. I am love. Pray your heartfelt prayers to me. I will answer them and you, my daughter, will receive the desires of your heart.”
Are you remaining in the presence of Love throughout your day? Are you talking with, praying to, listening, and expecting him to answer?
Or, do you throw up a prayer along with your hands and fret that he hasn’t heard you. Do you question his concern, time, and willingness to hear your prayer?
Will you allow yourself to be present with him throughout your days? Will you allow yourself to be loved by him in this way?
But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. James 1:6-8
This one really hits home. Not long ago, as I bowed my head to the floor saying a long repeated prayer wondering when God was ever going to get around to answering. Immediately, I heard the Spirit of the Lord whisper firmly: Stop doubting.
Doubting is the opposite of believing. It is wavering – floundering in uncertainty. Wanting to believe but dare I say, afraid to commit to belief?
And if our unbelief is founded in fear then the truth is; we have forgotten how much we are loved. Because there is no fear in love. (1 John 4:18)
Do you need to believe – not doubt – as you pray? Do you remember God’s lavish love for you as you pray? Stop doubting and believe.
When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:3
Why do you ask? I wonder … if we imagine Jesus responding to our prayers with this question would we reconsider the request?
Of course, like all questions Jesus asks, this one is rhetorical. He already knows the answer.
Perhaps examining your motives prior to praying would both change your prayers and God’s answers.
As you pray remember to ask yourself: Why do you ask?
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you our sins. Mark 11:12
God desires we be reconciled with one another through forgiveness. In fact, his is the very purpose of the cross. Forgiveness. And God’s motive for his reconciliation with us is love. (This is always God’s motivation – is it yours? See #4 above).
Love one another, as Christ has loved you, Paul tells us. Loving is forgiving.
Our Father has forgiven us for past, current, and even future sins by the sacrificial love of Christ.
You are no longer a sinner. You are saved. Knowing and believing this, how can we hold anything against another?
Will you forgive as you stand praying?
Desperate For An Answer To Unanswered Prayer
If you desperately seek God’s response to unanswered prayer as you journey to purpose remember not yet really is an answer.
Then ask yourself, could it be while you wait for him he is waiting for you?
Answer each of the questions above. How will you and your prayers change? Be sure to listen for and record God’s answers to your prayers.
If you don’t yet know your God-designed purpose I hope you’ll reach out, I’d love to help you! If you do know your purpose but are struggling with doubt, fear or other obstacles along your path contact me here and we can discuss together how HeartSong Life Coach might be where God is calling you to discover your breakthrough!