April 26, 2016

When You Wonder Why God Hasn’t Answered Your Prayer

Written by Shana Schutte

When You Wonder Why God Hasn’t Answered Your Prayer 4.26

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 26, 2016

By Shana Schutte

They who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Because I didn’t walk the aisle of matrimony until I was forty-six, I sometimes wondered why God wasn’t answering my prayer for a mate. Now that I have found my Mister, I can see some of the reasons it took some time for me to marry.

I am convinced that the middle years of my life from thirty to forty-six were for ministry and I had to be single to do much of what God led me to accomplish. Second, I would not have been ready for the man God brought me earlier. I had to make some mistakes along the way so I was open to a relationship with my husband. It was only then that I was open and ready for God’s will.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

This reminds me there are times when we have to go through what we don’t want to go through to get to what God wants and what is best. During these times, surrender to God may be difficult. So, in the Lord’s mercy, He may temporarily withhold an answer or revelation from us that would bring instant and clear perspective because we aren’t ready for the answer, even if we think we are. He knows the perfect time to answer our prayer. It’s only after we have waited and wrestled in confusion, and perhaps tried to do things our own way and fallen flat in failure, that our hearts are made pliable in the process to receive God’s answer.

In John 16:12, Jesus says, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” Jesus wanted to reveal more to His friends. He was willing to reveal more, but He could only do so at the proper time when they were ready. Maybe you are waiting for God to bring an answer and you wonder why it’s taking so long. Remember He loves you and He only gives the best to His kids. He knows the best time to answer.

“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things” (Romans 8:32)?



Lord, thank you that you know what is best and good for me and that your grace and love ensures that you will always do what is best for me. Amen.


Are you open to patiently waiting on the Lord until it’s the right time for Him to answer your prayer, even if you can’t see why He hasn’t answered? Talk with the Lord and ask Him to help you surrender to His will.

Related Reading

Mark 4:33; John 15:15; Hebrews 5:11-14

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  1. Pam (soon to be Mrs. Novack) Mikel says:

    So I read this a year ago, just after I turned 46. I posted it on my facebook wall about 46 being a good year to get married. I am a youth leader and busy in ministry and have always enjoyed that so much. It wasn’t the life I planned but it has been lovely and full of so much more. This year God has really been working in my heart and in the fall of last year a guy I worked with for 4 years asked me out, we went out at the end of Oct, got engaged at the end of Dec and are getting married in 25 days. I just turned 47, so I guess I was only a couple of months off. I’m overwhelmed by God’s love for me and it makes me think back through the years and realize that when I felt my loneliest He was like hold on daughter I have something amazing coming. It is literally more than I could ask or imagine. It is all of my deepest hopes for how it would start, mixed with how he would fit with my family, mixed with total surprises I didn’t even think to want in a spouse. What a good God, this May 21, 2017, after totally abandoning the idea of ever finding my “prince charming” I will walk down the aisle next to my dad (who had a near fatal accident a few years ago), to this man, this gift. We will be surrounded by hundreds of friends and family who want to watch a fairy tale story. Our love inspires everyone we talk to about it and gives hope. What a good gift. #ourfairytalelife

  2. Gwynne says:

    Dear Pam,
    What a wonderful and uplifting email to read! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts as well as, words of Praise for our Heavenly Father! And CONGRATULATIONS to you and your fiance as you get ready to walk down the aisle in a matter of days. So happy for you. Can I tell you that your joy “radiates through your words”. So thankful, too, that your earthly father will be able to walk you down the aisle. Please know I shared your email with Shana and she was so blessed by it.
    Could you do me a favor? Please email me: gwynne@wisdomhunters.com with your mailing address. Your Wisdom Hunter’s family has a wedding gift for you and we would love to send it to you.
    I know that May 21st will be an awesome day filled with love, joy and honoring God.
    May God bless Mr. and Mrs. Novack in the days ahead,
    “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
    1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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