Dealing With The Pain Of Unanswered Prayer: When God Says No

We have all asked something from God but got a ‘no’ from him. We felt disappointed and angry, and some of us even stopped communicating with God for a while.

Some backslid for a season because they felt really disappointed and confused.

We can try to do things our way when he tells us, no, but we all know that always opens up doors of hurt, pain, tears, and bigger disappointments than his ‘No’.

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How do you deal with the pain of unanswered prayer?

Don’t Allow Disappointment To Cloud Your Heart

A ‘No’ from God is disappointing, but you need to move past the disappointment quickly.

If you keep dwelling on that answer, you will allow disappointment to cloud your mind, and when that happens, you will end up becoming angry with God.

Some people have abandoned their faith in Christ just because they asked God for something, and he said no.

Understand that God’s no is not a bad thing. He has something better in store for you if you will only believe him (James 1:17).

Don’t Give Room To The Devil

A lot of care should be taken when dealing with the pain of unanswered prayer. It is easy for us to whine and complain, but it is better not to. You don’t want to open doors for the enemy to come into your life.

He walks around like a roaring lion looking for whom to devour, and complaining will open up doors for him faster than anything (1Peter 5:8).

When tempted to complain, start praising God.

Remember God’s Faithfulness

Think of the time that you asked God for something, but he said, ‘NO,’ but you became grateful to him weeks, months, or even years after for not answering your prayers.  

It was hard, you were angry for some time, but you thanked God for saving you from a lot of trouble later.

You may not see the kind of trouble God is preventing you from going through, but you will understand later. God does things out of love, and he sees the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).

He is either protecting you from something or preparing something better for you.

Declare his faithfulness towards you and remind yourself that something great is coming your way.

Lean Deeper Into God’s Love

We are told in the word to trust in the Lord with all our hearts. The best way to do that is to lean deeply into his love.

It is only by focusing on God’s love that we can trust his answer to our prayer completely, even if we don’t like it.

God did not spare his only son for you. Jesus died so that you could have life more abundantly, and because of his great sacrifice, you have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. What does that mean?

It means that God will never refuse to give you that which Jesus died so that you could have. If he did that, then he would be negating what Jesus did for you on the cross.

But, it also means that he will not just give you everything you want on a whim. He loves you so much that he is willing and ready to protect you from yourself.

In Short

Your heavenly Father loves you so much. But that doesn’t mean that he will give you things just because you want them.

There are things God will withhold for a season or completely to protect you.

But there are times he will say ‘no’ because he has something better in store. Just trust in him and know that he wants the best for you.

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