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When God is silent

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When God is silent

Habbakuk 1:1-13

God’s answer: yes!

Abraham’s servant prayed for God’s direction in finding a wife for Isaac. Moses, standing before the Red Sea, prayed that Israel would cross over on dry land. Hannah prayed for a son and the result was Samuel. Elijah prayed for a manifestation of God’s power and the fire came down from Heaven.

God’s answer: no!
Moses begged God to let him lead his people into the Promised Land. Moses died.
The Apostle Paul prayed three times for the removal of that ‘thorn in the flesh.’ He was compelled to make the best of it for the rest of his life. The Lord Jesus prayed a prayer that was left unanswered. He cried out in the garden, ‘take this cup of suffering from me.’ He prayed that He would not have to suffer death on the cross. Instead he had to suffer the pain of it.

1. We misunderstand prayer (James 4:3)

True prayer must be God-centered. We often turn prayer into a self-centered activity. The object of prayer is that God might be glorified. A theologian once said, ‘Our prayers often reduce God to nothing more than a man.’ The Bible promises that God will hear our prayers not our orders.

2. U
nbelief blocks prayer (James 1:6)

Another reason why prayer may go unanswered is that the person offering the prayer does not believe in prayer. The prayer is simply an empty ritual, or perhaps it is simply spoken as superstition.

Prayer is sometimes spoken without any faith or belief.

3. Sinfulness blocks prayer (Isa. 59:2; Prov. 15:29; Matt. 5:22)

Our sins cut us off from God. God’s arm is not shortened nor has He gone deaf. Instead, our sins have formed barriers, which block us off from God’s purpose and plan. Answered prayers are preceded by genuine confession of sin, by which the barriers are broken down so that God’s message can get through. Prayer and forgiveness go hand in hand. No man can be wrong with his brother or sister and right with God at the same time.

4. Unanswered prayer is often answered later (Psalm 40:1)
In Jeremiah 42, the people ask
ed the prophet to speak to God and to provide them with direction for their lives. The people told Jeremiah, Please hear our petition and pray to the LORD your God for this entire remnant. For as you now see, though we were once many, now only a few are left. Pray that the LORD your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do.’ (Jer. 42:2-3) Sometimes, the problem with unanswered prayer is that our timing is not God’s timing. And what we often interpret as unanswered prayer is simply a matter of an answer that is delayed.

5. God knows best!

How often we struggle with the problem of unanswered prayer as if it is a failure on God’s part. No matter what happens in our prayers and with our desires, we should always be focused on the fact that God knows best. (Romans 8:28)

Dr. Czeslaw Bassara ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ;

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