When God Says No

When God Says No

Making sense of unanswered prayer
Single Session Bible Study


How do Christians reconcile pain and confusion about unanswered prayer with our belief in an all-powerful God of love?

Using the article "The Gift of Unanswered Prayer" from TODAY'S CHRISTIAN, we'll look at a struggle common to all Christians who have prayed fervently and felt bewildered by the results.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 8:3–4; Hebrews 12:9–11; Matthew 26:42; James 5:10–11


• Identify the Current Issue

• Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: God, who created us and is not bound by time, knows what is best for us (Psalm 8:3–4).

Teaching point two: Hearing God's answer of "no" is inescapable in a fallen world (Hebrews 12:9–11).

Teaching point three: "Your will be done" is Jesus' model of humble prayer (Matthew 26:42).

Teaching point four: We are God's servants, and he is not ours.

Teaching point five: Suffering does not mean the absence of God or the certain presence of failure (James 5:10–11).

• Apply Your Findings

• Recommended Resources


The Gift of Unanswered Prayer, by Jerry Sittser (July/August 2004, 12 printed pages)

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