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1 When Prayers Go Unanswered Why? Making Sense of God’s Will

2 Psalm 22:2 (NIV) My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.

3 John 15:7 (NLT) But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!

4 Luke 22:42 (NIV) “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

5 When Prayers Go Unanswered Why? Making Sense of God’s Will

6 Matthew 21:21-22 (NIV) Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.

7 Matthew 21:21-22 (NIV) If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

8 Common Reasons for Unanswered Prayer You Are Not Seeking To Please The Lord

9 Common Reasons for Unanswered Prayer You Have Unconfessed Sin In Your Life

10 Common Reasons for Unanswered Prayer You Have Improper Motives

11 Common Reasons for Unanswered Prayer You Lack Faith

12 Mustard Seed Faith

13 Mark 9:23-24 (NIV) “If you can”? said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

14 Voltaire “Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.”

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16 Hector Peterson Memorial

17 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NLT) I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away.

18 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NLT) Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

19 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NLT) That's why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

20 God Typically Works Within the Ordinary Things

21 William Temple “When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don't, they don't.”

22 Each of Us Often Holds the Answer to Someone Else’s Prayers

23 God will NOT Suspend another Person’s Free Will to Answer My Prayer

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25 God Does NOT Remove Us from Difficulty, He Walks with Us through It

26 Isaiah 43:2 (NLT) When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.

27 Isaiah 43:2 (NLT) When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

28 Psalm 23:4(NIV) Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;

29 Admiral Chester W. Nimitz “I asked God for strength that I might achieve. I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health that I might do greater things. I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

30 Admiral Chester W. Nimitz I asked for riches that I might be happy. I was given poverty that I might be wise. I asked for power that I might have the praise of men. I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

31 Admiral Chester W. Nimitz I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. I was given life that I might enjoy all things. I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.

32 Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am, among all men, most richly blessed.”

33 When Prayers Go Unanswered Why? Making Sense of God’s Will


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