Hidden Blessings in Unanswered Prayers

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Have you ever wondered if your prayers lost power during liftoff? You hear about answered prayers, and that makes it worse. Silently, you whisper, “Lord, when?”

God has heard every prayer and whisper. He knows the depth of your need. He has not forgotten you. Sometimes, there are hidden blessings in unanswered prayers.


Waiting isn’t Easy

Waiting isn’t easy, but perhaps there’s more to consider. During times of testing, God may have a greater answer—a higher purpose.

Robert H. Schuller once said, “God’s delays are not God’s denials.”

When I’m in the midst of delayed answers, I consider three possible realities at work: a divine revelation of my heart, a call for a deeper dependency on God, or God’s strategic purpose unfolding.


The Condition of My Heart

God loves his imperfect children, and we have the assurance that He will forgive our blunders and attitudes. When we stumble, God is ready to restore the humble.


Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

“No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

John 8:10-11 New Living Translation


While waiting for answered prayers, the Holy Spirit revealed sin within my heart. In my twisted selfishness, I regarded control as responsibility, procrastination as waiting on the Lord, and willfulness as perseverance.

Freedom is worth every tear of repentance. God helped me find a better answer for my situation–freedom. Sometimes, there are hidden blessings in unanswered prayers.


Greater Dependency on God

Yes, we have an enemy, and he tries to discredit God through trials.

Sometimes, we need to stand up to the bully on the block—especially when he threatens our loved ones. When we pray and wait for Godly intervention on behalf of our unsaved children, a relative struggling with an addiction, or financial breakthroughs, God is still at work.


And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Romans 8:28 NLT


Waiting produces a greater dependence upon God. Prayer changes us when we trust, and hold on to faith. Eventually, we look back and see what the enemy intended for evil, God used it for good (Gen 50:20).  Sometimes, there are hidden blessings in unanswered prayers.


Godly Intervention

We know God’s ways are perfect and personal.


“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.

“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,

so my ways are higher than your ways

and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55: 8-9 NLT


When we live with delayed answers, consider how great God is, and use the acronym G.R.E.A.T. to ponder His sovereignty:


GROWTH: God’s priorities are higher than our priorities—grow in trust.

REFLECTION: God may want to impart wisdom over your situation.

ENDURANCE: God may be building your faith for something greater.

ADJUSTMENT: God may want to adjust your direction.

TIMING: God may be waiting for His perfect timing.


Waiting isn’t easy, but we can find joy knowing God is never apathetic. In fact, Jesus is praying for you.


“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message”

John 17:20 NLT


What would we see if we had a glimpse of heavenly activity? Would we see warring angels battling for us? Would we understand God’s Glorious Kingdom plan that is not understood on earth?

God has heard every prayer and whisper. He knows the depth of your need. He has not forgotten you. Sometimes, there are hidden blessings in unanswered prayers.



Share your comments below!

Let me know if this was helpful, or if you have any questions. I’d love to connect.



Marisa Shadrick

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Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Robert H. Schuller. BrainyQuote.com, Xplore Inc, 2016. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/roberthsc380574.html, accessed June 2, 2016.

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2 Responses

    1. I agree, Nancy. We, the church, need community for encouragement and fellowship because we understand the ebb and flow of our faith. Thank goodness when we’re weak, God is strong. Thanks for posting.

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