What to Do When You Feel God Isn’t Hearing Your Prayers
Written by Christi Given | February 3, 2018
This week, I want to address patience in the waiting season. The Lord tells us in Habakkuk 2 that when God gives us a vision, we are to write it down, make it plain and the Lord will allow it to manifest. What do you do even when you have confirmation from God and you pray to Him over and over, yet feel as though He doesn’t hear you?
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? (Psalm 13:1-2)
I want to give you five pieces of advice on what to do in this situation.
First, you need to let go and trust God. God is able to do beyond what you are asking or hoping for (Ephesians 3:20, Hebrews 11).
The next thing is to seek God’s Word. His word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. God is the one who speaks through His Holy Word, the Bible. God is the one to breathe life into any situation.
It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.
The law of your mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces. (Psalm 119: 71-72)
The third thing you need to do is to pray. Yes, present your requests to God, but also listen. Prayer isn’t a one-way road. God wants to communicate and to have relationship with you. Listen to the Lord and be willing to receive instruction, and obey His Word as well as believe in His promises.
And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (1 John 5:14)
The fourth thing to do is to walk in faith. Walk by faith and not by sight. Don’t look at the situation, look to Jesus. Yes, sometimes life is frustrating and we are waiting on an answer, but it doesn’t seem to come. Maybe that’s why David asked, “How long, oh Lord?” We all feel this way sometimes…but we must trust and walk in faith, which isn’t easy. Faith is the things unseen that we hope for (Hebrews 11).
But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. (Psalm 66:19)
The final thing that we need to do is to apply the Word of God and what Jesus told us. We can read the Word day and night, but until we apply it and are doers of the Word, we are only hearers of the Word. Know that God, your Abba Father, loves you and does care for you. He hears you, but He answers on His timing, which is always perfect.
1 Peter 3:12 says that God does hear our prayers even when we don’t feel like He does or even when we don’t see results. Trust in God. He is so faithful.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. (1 Peter 3:12)
To recap, here are my five pieces of advice for when you pray, but feel God isn’t hearing you:
1. Trust God—believe His timing is perfect.
2. Read the Bible.
3. Pray—listen to God and ask.
4. Walk by faith, not by sight.
5. Apply the Word of God to your life.
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