Weeks pass. Months pass. You raise some money, but not enough.
What happened? Were you not called to missions work after all? Should you have prayed more? Used different words?
Your story probably isn't exactly like this, but you may have something similar. Many of us have resounding stories of answered prayer that move us. But we also have those mysterious prayers that just seem to fall empty.
It’s no surprise, then, to hear people say, or even feel yourself, that God hasn't answered your prayers. In fact, as we become more intellectual as a society, more practical and action-oriented, God’s perceived lack of “answering prayer” seems to indict His nature, even His very existence.
But, though we rebel against the idea, God doesn't always work the way we want Him to. Just because we don’t see Him immediately answer our prayers in the way we expect doesn't mean He isn't working in our lives.
There are probably more than four reasons God might not have answered your prayers, so consider this a primer to remind us all of His wisdom, mercy and ultimate understanding.