Reasons for Unanswered Prayer
Tim Temple


We are in the midst of a study about how we can respond to God. The most immediate way that we can respond to God is through prayer. God has given us the privilege of talking directly to Him in prayer. We have discussed the various aspects of prayer, and today we want to think about some reasons for unanswered prayer.

Habakkuk, chapter 1, verse 2, says:

Habakkuk 1

2O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!

That sounds typical of the way some people feel, doesn't it? Job, chapter 31, verse 35, says:

Job 31

35Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.

Psalm 13, verse 1, says:

Psalm 13

1How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

I think that all of these verses echo the frustrations, and therefore the prayerlessness, of some believers—perhaps many believers. Even though we have this wonderful privilege of prayer, I believe there are many Christians who don't exercise that privilege very much at all. Their attitude sometimes is, “Prayer doesn't seem to work. I pray about things and things don't change, so why should I bother to pray?”

We want to answer this question: “Why should we pray when God doesn't seem to answer prayer?” More specifically, we want to think about why God doesn't answer prayer when He doesn't. In doing that, we are going to think about three general reasons God, in some situtations, doesn't seem to be answering prayer.

First, we want to talk about the plan of God in general. Then we want to think about the promises of God having to do with prayer, and then the problems that are sometimes found in God's children. In each of those three catagories there are some reasons God either doesn't answer prayer or doesn't seem to be answering prayer.

God's Natural Plan Related to Prayer

Let's think about the plan of God as it has to do with seemingly unanswered prayer. One aspect of unanswered prayer involves the fact that it only seems to be unanswered. Sometimes, when we think prayer is not answered, it only seems to be unanswered for several reasons.

The first reason is that sometimes the plan of God is so natural that the answer is unrecognized. Sometimes the plan of God is just a matter of living day by day—God meeting our needs, things taking place—and it seems to be such a normal process that we don't stop to realize that in the process of living, God is answering our prayers.

The Israelites were constantly warned about the danger of having a wrong attitude about God's provision and of overlooking God's blessings. God warned the Israelites what would happen if they came into the land that He was going to give them. Let's notice Deuteronomy, chapter 8, beginning with verse 10:

Deuteronomy 8

10When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.
11Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
12Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;
13And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;
14Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
15Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;
16Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
17And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
18But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

Even though none of us deal with manna, and most of us don't even deal with scorpions and fiery serpents except for those who deliberately get into that kind of thing, we do have those various things that God does for us, even problems that God delivers us from, day by day. We become so used to God's provision for us that we don't even realize that God is working on our behalf.

A lot of times, we pray panic prayers, things that we pray when we see an impending collision or some other problem about to happen, and we cry out to God, “God, help me,” or whatever words we use, and God does that. We wipe our brow and move on and never stop to think that God has answered that prayer.

There are many other things like that, I'm afraid: recoveries from illness, solutions of financial problems. It is so easy for us, as things move along from day to day, to not stop to realize that God is answering our prayers, even those prayers that we may have only prayed mentally or those things that we may have prayed hastily. God continues to move along in His plan, and in the process of His plan, He answers prayers on a continuing basis that we usually overlook.

Time Required for God's Plan

The plan of God is so long-ranged that no action seems to be taking place. Have you had the experience of praying that God would accomplish something in your life, and you wait a few days and He hasn't done it? You wait a week, and He hasn't done it, so you decide that God is not going to answer that prayer. Let me remind you that one of the basic promises in God's Word to Christians is found in Romans, chapter 8, verse 28:

Romans 8

28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The key phrase there, of course, is “all things work together for good.” The fact is that God's plan sometimes moves slowly because of the complexity of circumstances. It takes time for things to work together. Sometimes it takes a long time for things to work together.

The Lord told at least two parables about the importance of continuing to pray about the things that are going on in our lives. Recognize, as you pray about things, that many times God doesn't give the immediate solution because His plan and His purpose is to work things together for good.

Conforming Us to the Image of Christ

Another thing to keep in mind about that passage is, as He goes on to explain in the next verses, His definition of good. His definition of good is that we be like Jesus Christ. Many times we read Romans, chapter 8, verse 28, as though it said, “And we know that all things work together to make us happy,” or “We know that all things work together to give us what we want.” There is a sense in which that's what the verse means, but God Himself defines, down in verse 30, that God's purpose in working all things together for good is to make us like Jesus Christ, to make us conformable to His image.

It may be, as you pray about the needs that you have, God is going to answer that by making you more like Jesus Christ so that you can handle that problem the way that He wants you to handle it. And that takes time to bring that about. It also takes recognition of the fact that God may not give you exactly what you are asking for, because He is going to make you the kind of person who can handle that situation that you have, without His changing it for His honor and glory and for your likeness to Jesus Christ.

A Demonstration of God's Power

The third aspect of the plan of God is that sometimes God waits to begin moving, so that it can be easily demonstrated that no human effort brought this answer about. Sometimes God works in such a way that when the answer does come, there can be no question but that God did it.

In Genesis, chapter 21, we have a record of God's answering Abraham's prayer. Most of you are familiar with the story of how God had promised Abraham that He was going to give him a son and through that son would come generations of people. They would become a great nation, and through that nation would come the One through whom all the nations of the world would be blessed. As we look through the Bible, we realize that that Descendant through whom all the world would be blessed would be the Lord Jesus Himself. But that promise had to start with one child because when God made that promise to Abraham, he didn't have any children. Notice Genesis, chapter 21, beginning with verse 1:

Genesis 21

1And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
2For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
3And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.
4And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.
5And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.

The thing of which you are probably aware, as we read through this story, is the fact that here is a fulfillment of the promise of God. In fact, verse 1 is very interesting in the way it is worded: “The LORD visited Sarah, as He had said , and the LORD did for Sarah, as He had spoken .” As we read through this, we would think that it was something that God had said to Sarah the day before or the week before, but we know by looking at the chapters before this that God had waited years and years and years, to fulfill that promise. Why did He do that? In fact, He had waited so long that they had decided that God wasn't going to answer their prayers and that they were going to have to help God. So many of us do that, don't we? God has made a promise to us, but He doesn't seem to be fulfilling the promise, and so we decide that He is waiting for us to help Him.

You remember how Abraham and Sarah cooked up a plan to have a son through Sarah's maid, and in fact they had that son. It is interesting to notice in verse 3, that God specified very clearly, “Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age.” “Abraham called the name of his son, whom Sarah bore to him”—a little dig at Abraham, just a little reminder to Abraham that it was Sarah who was going to be the mother.

It is also noted here in verse 2 that it was in his old age, and in verse 5 that he was one hundred years old. Why did God wait to fulfill His promise? Why did God wait to answer Abraham's and Sarah's prayers? So that it could be demonstrated that this son was from God. This was the son that God gave them. It was obviously a miraculous birth.

Recognition of God's Answer

How many men do you know who father children when they are one hundred years old? How many women in their nineties have babies—especially women who have never had a child before? Sarah had always had problems conceiving, so obviously this was God's work. Listen to me: Sometimes the thing that you are asking God to do is something, whether you realize it or not, that is important to God that it be recognized as something that He has done. It is important that it be recognized that it is an answer that He has given, whether that is for your sake that it is important to recognize, or whether it is a testimony to other people. There are those situations, and those problems that God wants to be sure that He gets the credit for answering. One of the ways—not the only way—He sometimes does that is to wait until it is obvious that the answer came from Him.

Of course, the value of that is demonstrated, when we read Genesis, chapter 22. A few years later, God asked Abraham to sacrifice that son whom God had given him miraculously.

A Demonstration of Abraham's Faith

Hebrews, chapter 11, is the great faith chapter, because it is a commentary on this happening in Genesis, chapter 22. In Hebrews, chapter 11, the writer lists a lot of characters and things that happened to them that demonstrated their faith. In verse 17, he talks about this incident where Abraham was going to sacrifice his son:

Hebrews 11

17By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

The writer builds our interest in this in verse 17. “It was the one received by a promise. It was in fact his only begotten son. With the phrase, only begotten son , people sometimes see a contradiction. Scripture says that Jesus was the only begotten Son of God , and then it says on the other hand, that we are sons of God. That phrase, only begotten , doesn't mean the only son that he had. He already had a son, Ishmael, before Isaac was born. But Isaac was his unique son. This was the son that God had given. It says that God called upon him to sacrifice that son whom God had given him. In verse 18, you notice,“Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called.”

Here is an impossible situation. What father in his right mind could sacrifice a son in the first place? We know that through the years that has been done in feudal worship systems, but much more than that, what father could sacrifice a son in whom all of his hopes were pinned, the one in whom was to be the fulfillment of all of God's promises? How did he do that? Look at verse 19:

Hebrews 11

19Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; [now notice this] from whence also he received him in a figure.

Do you know how Abraham was able to face that impossible test that God gave him, that thing that was humanly impossible to do? He was able to face that test because of the way God had answered that prayer a few years before. God had given him that son when he was dead from the standpoint of giving birth to children, and so Abraham accounted that if God gave me this son when I was too old to have a son in the first place and when Sarah was too old to have a son, then God is going to raise him up again if he tells me to kill him. He was given miraculously, therefore nothing is too hard for God.

The Reward of Faith

That impossible thing that God may do for you, that answer to prayer that takes a long time so that it can be demonstrated that it obviously came from God, may not be as significant or so dramatic as this answer, but let me tell you, an answer like that from God is worth waiting for. If you have been praying about something that is extremely important to you and it seems like God has waited and waited and waited to answer your prayers, don't give up. It is very likely that God is going to continue to wait until there will be no question in your mind or anybody else's mind that the answer came from Him.

We look at the things that God does, and sometimes we think, “Why does God wait until the last minute to answer my prayer? Why does He wait until it seems that it is nearly too late to answer my prayer?” You need to remember that thing that we talked about when we were looking at the book of Romans, that God lives in the eternal present. With God, everything is now. God is never too late. It is never the last minute with God. God knows exactly when the right time for the answer to that prayer is. It seems late to us, because we live in the time spectrum but God lives in the eternal present; and God is going to answer that prayer, if it is one of those that is in this category, at the perfect time, and at the time when He can receive the glory. That is not the only reason that God waits to answer prayer, but that is one of them.

Human Solutions Hinder God's Working

Another part of the plan of God is that sometimes He waits so that He can get us out of the way. That was a part of Abraham's situation. Look at Isaiah, chapter 30, verse 18:

Isaiah 30

18And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.

The context in which that verse is stated was a context in which Israel was about to be attacked by the Assyrians, and they were terrified of the Assyrians, a very large enemy. The Israelites came up with the plan of making a league with Egypt. The prophet Isaiah said to the king of Israel, “God's message to you is, ‘Do not make this league with Egypt. Do not make this alliance with Egypt'.” The king, however, thought there was no other way, and he was insisting on making this alliance with Egypt.

From a human standpoint that looked like the only solution to their problem. The Assyrians were just going to overwhelm them. In that situation, Isaiah came to him and said, “All right, if you insist, you go ahead and make that league with Egypt, and God will wait until all these things that I have been warning you about come true. When you have been overrun by the Assyrians in spite of your alliance with Egypt, then the Lord will be gracious to you.”

Sometimes the Lord waits to answer prayer because there is something in our hearts that needs to be made right. There is something in our life, some plan, some scheme, that we are depending on to solve the problem—maybe even subconsciously, but something that we think is the solution to the problem—and God wants us to put our trust completely in Him. In those situations, God waits while He works in our hearts to bring us to that point that we are willing to let God give the answer to that request that we are asking for in the way that He wants to give it.

That leads to another aspect of the plan of God. Sometimes the plan of God is so great that a much better answer is given than the one that we were asking for. Aren't you glad that God doesn't always give us what we ask Him for? You should be glad for that, because many times God doesn't give us what we ask; He gives us something so much better than what we were asking for. Sometimes God actually says “no” to the request that we are making, but He grants something better, and that is a legitimate answer to prayer.

We have talked, in past lessons, about Abraham, when his nephew Lot was living in Sodom, and God revealed to Abraham that He was going to wipe out the city of Sodom. You remember, Abraham prayed, “If you find this many righteous men, will you spare the city? If you find that many righteous men, will you spare the city?” God knew all along what Abraham wanted in his heart was for Lot to be spared, and God answered that desire. He destroyed the city of Sodom, but He saved Lot from the city. Many times, God gives us something better than what we are actually asking for.

Strengthened In Weakness

In II Corinthians, chapter 12, we find the Apostle Paul praying about a need that he had. In the first six verses he talks about a time when he was allowed to actually see into Heaven. Then in verse 7, because of that opportunity to actually see into Heaven, he says:

II Corinthians 12

7And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…

We will stop there in the middle of verse 9. Paul said, “Lord, won't You please remove this thorn in the flesh?” That is probably a figurative term for some problem. Seminary students have debated down through the years in the coffee shop about what that thorn in the flesh might have been. I think that it is a waste of time to debate about that, because if God had wanted us to know what it was, He would have told us. He wouldn't have just called it a “thorn in the flesh.” He probably doesn't tell us what it is, because if he did tell us what it was, we would say, “Oh well, that is not nearly as bad as what I have to put up with.” He doesn't tell us what it is, and it is a waste of time to try to figure out what it is. We will be in Heaven pretty soon, and you can ask Paul or the Lord then, anyway. The fact is that Paul had a problem, and it was a burden to him. It was something that was there all the time—so much so, that he pleaded with God to remove it. At least three times he begged God to remove that thing, and look at God's answer. God said in so many words, “I'm not going to remove that thing, but I am going to give you the grace to bear it, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Why would God put one of His beloved children in a place where he had to put up with something that was a burden to him—put him in a place of weakness? Because God said, “That's where My strength is made perfect.”

Probably every one studying this lesson has some kind of burden, some kind of problem that you struggle with. Maybe it is something that you have struggled with all of your life, or for many years, and you wonder why God doesn't take that from your life. Maybe it is a person, maybe it is a situation, maybe it is a lack of something that you think you need.

I'm not talking about some sin that you struggle with; I'm talking about some aspect of life. You wonder why God doesn't change that. Why doesn't God make life different? Life could be so much easier. It is very possible that you are in this category of seemingly unanswered prayer. In that very position of weakness, God can make His strength perfect. If you will think about whatever that thing is, you will realize that in most cases—I would think in the lives of most of you who know the Lord and love the Lord—you spend more time praying or thinking about God's power or wondering what God might do because of that area of weakness than you would if you didn't have that problem. Sometimes God allows problems to come into our lives or to stay in our lives, because He knows that that is the best way that He can strengthen us. That is the best way that He can bring us to depend upon Him.

If you don't know the Lord very well, that may sound like a cruel thing for God to do, but move on in verse 9, and notice what Paul's reaction to that was. He says:

II Corinthians 12

9…Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Paul says, “Knowing the power of God in my life is so wonderful and so important to me that I am willing to put up with anything if it gives me an opportunity to see the power of God in my life and to feel the strength of God in my life.”

God said, “No,” to Paul's request about the thorn in the flesh, but He gave him something that was far better. To the point that Paul said, “I glory in this thing that I used to ask God to take away from me. I am glad that I have it, because it enables me to see God's power in a way that I would have never seen any other way.” God sometimes says, “No,” but He gives us a much better thing in its place.

Prayer According to God's Will

Another area of misunderstanding that has a bearing on seemingly unanswered prayer is the area of the promises of God. In I John, chapter 5, verses 14-15, it says:

I John 5

14And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

That seems like a pretty definite, ironclad promise, doesn't it? But the problem in claiming this and other promises that have to do with the will of God, is that sometimes we don't know what the Lord's will is. There are other verses that tell us those same kinds of things. When we do know what the Lord's will is, we can pray confidently.

Let me give you some places where God tells us what His will is. We will not elaborate on these, but let me mention several things that God specifically says are His will. In II Peter, chapter 3, verse 9, we read:

II Peter 3

9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

It is God's will that people be saved. We can pray that people be saved. There is no person beyond God's grace, and you can confidently pray for the worst person that you can think of or for the most hopeless case you can think of. You can pray that God will save that person.

It is God's will, secondly, that the saved be sanctified, or set apart, for His glory. I Thessalonians, chapter 4, verse 3:

I Thessalonians 4

3For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

It is God's will that we submit to authority. You can pray that God will give you the grace to submit to whatever that authority is, even in our everyday world. God's will is that we submit to every level of authority. Sometimes that is hard to do, but you can pray confidently that God will do that, and He will give you the strength to do it.

Romans 13

1Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

It is God's will that we be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians, chapter 5, verses 17-18:

Ephesians 5

17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

You can pray confidently that God will fill you with His Spirit, because He has said that that is His will.

The key to understanding these seemingly unconditional promises is found in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Psalm 37, verses 4-5, says:

Psalm 37

4Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

In the New Testament, John, chapter 15, verse 7:

John 15

7If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

What does it mean to delight in the Lord? It means to invest ourselves fully in following the Lord. It is the same thing that Jesus was saying when He said, “Abide in Him as a branch abides in the vine.” It means being obedient to God's Word. It means spending time in fellowship with Him. As we do that, our requests become consistent with His will. If we are abiding in Him, we are going to ask the things that He wants us to ask. If we delight ourselves in Him, we are going to be praying about the kinds of things that are consistent with His will.

Selfish Prayer Not Heard

A third category of unanswered prayer is prayer that is hindered for various reasons because of problems in our lives. James, chapter 4, verse 3, says:

James 4

3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

This is a very misunderstood verse of Scripture and a very misunderstood category of prayer. This does not mean that you cannot ask God to do something for someone you love. I don't know how many times I have been with people who had a very sick loved one, and that person would say, “Is it all right to pray that my loved one will get well? I know that that may be a selfish prayer.”

Notice the wording of the last part of James, chapter 4, verse 3 again:

James 4

3…that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

That word consume is the key word. It is a word that means, “praying for something just because you want it.” It has nothing to do with the will of God; it has nothing to do with the purpose of God; it is just a selfish prayer. Certainly, you can pray that God will meet your needs. Certainly, you can pray that God will raise up your sick loved one. You can pray about all kinds of things that have to do with you personally, but the kinds of prayers that God doesn't bother with are the ones that are simply a matter of frills and fun and games. There are much more important things to pray about.

Prayer of Confession Necessary

A second category of prayer that God says that He doesn't hear and will not answer, is found in Psalm 66, verse 18:

Psalm 66

18If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Notice again very carefully that verse. It does not say, “If I sin the Lord will not hear me.” It says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, if I know that there is sin in my life, and I'm not doing anything about it, the Lord will not hear.” The Holy Spirit has as His work to remind us when we as Christians sin, and we cannot sin as a believer and not be aware of it. The Holy Spirit's work is to remind you of that sin, and He will do it. But then it is up to us to decide what we are going to do about that, and the Psalmist says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” If you have unconfessed sin in your life, there is a sense in which, technically speaking, the only prayer that God is going to hear from you is, “I have sinned. I agree with you, Father, that this thing that I have done is sin. You say it is sin. I say it is sin. I confess.” I John, chapter 1, verse 9, says:

I John 1

9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

You cannot expect God to answer your prayers if you consciously regard iniquity in your heart.

A third area in that category of prayer is an interesting one. Proverbs, chapter 21, verse 13, says:

Proverbs 21

13Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

Interestingly enough, the Scripture says that if we have a lack of compassion for those whom we know about—this isn't talking about trying to feed the world's hungry—if someone comes to you and that person has a need that is within your capabilities of meeting, and you, for whatever reason, do not meet that need, that is a sin within itself. It puts you out of fellowship with God, and He is not going to answer your prayers until you make that sin right with Him.

The fourth area is in I Peter, chapter 3, verse 7:

I Peter 3

7Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Men, this verse does not specifically mean that God will not answer your prayers, but it does mean that not having the right kind of family relationship can at the very least hinder your prayers. It makes it harder for you to pray for your family. If you don't dwell with your wife according to understanding, as the Scripture tells us to, if you don't nurture and admonish your children, you won't know how to pray for them properly. So, in that general category, your prayers can be hindered if you are not being the right kind of husband and the right kind of father.

First John, chapter 3, verse 22, says:

I John 3

22And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

This verse is in the same general category with regarding iniquity in our hearts. This verse says that if we do keep His commandments and do things that are pleasing in His sight, He gives us whatever we ask, so obviously, if we are deliberately disobeying Scripture and deliberately doing those things that are not pleasing in His sight, He is not going to answer our prayers. Of course, if we are doing those things, they are sin, and it is regarding iniquity in our heart.


These are categories of things that God has already said in advance that He is not going to answer. I trust that prayer will be something that is a very real part of your life. Let me urge you not to stop praying. Maybe some of you have stopped praying because of some of the problems that we have talked about in this study. Don't go on in that condition. Start praying again. Start bringing these things to God. Start exercising that wonderful privilege of communicating with the very God of the universe. Recognize some of the reasons you haven't received the answer yet. Correct those things as they need correcting and ask God for patience if it is not a matter of some confessing of sin that you need to do. Continue to communicate with God and wait for His answer in His time, and that will be the perfect answer at the perfect time.

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