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Faith & Life: How to Thrive When Your Prayers Weren’t Answered Your Way

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How to Thrive When Your Prayers Weren’t Answered Your Way

3 Tips to Keep Your Focus on God and Not Your Problems

by J.M. Troppello

“Let God’s promises shine on your problems.” – Corrie ten Boom

I love this quote from Corrie ten Boom. It’s the ideal way to live your life as a Christian—focusing on God and not your problems. Concentrate on the promises in God’s Word instead of constantly thinking about the issues you’re dealing with.

When you pray, it’s important to come to God in faith, believing that He hears you – because He does. However, there are times when God doesn’t answer your prayers the way you wanted or thought He should. Yet, that doesn’t mean He isn’t listening when you pour your heart out to Him. God is always with you. He wants you to go to Him in prayer for all your needs and concerns in life.

It can be hard to thrive in life when your prayers aren’t answered the way you’d hoped they’d be answered. Consider the following ways that you can focus on God and not your problems – when prayers don’t get answered your way.

1. Eternity Matters Most

It can be so easy to get wrapped up in all the busyness and hardships in life and lose your focus on what really matters as a Christian. What matters most – or at least should matter most in your life – is eternity. Now, I’m preaching to myself here as well. For a long time, I lost focus often and left eternity on the backburner in my life. That meant I’d gotten so wrapped up in my own problems, I stopped giving an ‘others-focused life’ a priority, and I forgot my mission as a believer to lead others to Christ.

18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Cor. 4:18, NKJV)

When your prayers are not answered the way you’d like them to be answered, remember that eternity is what matters most – or should matter most in your life.

2. Embrace the Process

When your prayers are not answered your way, take a leap of faith, and embrace the process. Trust that God is working patience in your life. He has a reason for the waiting time. I can attest to the fact that waiting a long time for prayers to be answered is not fun or easy. However, when I’ve learned to embrace the process, that has made it easier to see that God does indeed have a perfect plan for my life.

8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. (Isa. 55:8-9, NKJV)

I need to trust that His ways are higher than my ways.

3. Seek Godly Counsel

Finding encouragement from other believers can help you thrive when your faith is tested. Seek godly counsel from your pastor, church leaders, or other Christian friends who have been dealing with similar issues trusting God during rough times. Believers are not meant to do life alone. God wants to use other people in your life to help you grow – as iron sharpens iron.

20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days. (Proverbs 19:20, NKJV)

Trust God to bring the right encouragers into your life in the opportune moment.

Thrive During the Waiting Times

You can thrive during the waiting times. Trust that God knows what He is doing in your life. He can be trusted to bring you through the issues that you face.

  • Eternity matters most

  • Embrace the process

  • Seek godly counsel

What do you do to stay focused on God during the waiting times in your life?

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About the Author

JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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