Unanswered Prayer

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Welcome to the prayer course

Session 5

In this session we’ll be tackling the challenges and realities when our prayers aren’t answered.

We suggest you watch the video BEFORE your group meeting so you can use the time you are meeting to discuss it and pray together.

“Your will be done”

Matthew 6


Bible passages:

Mark 14:32-36
Daniel 3
Romans 5:3-5 


Summary points: 

  • The Bible is honest about unanswered prayer – we are part of a faith that is all about wrestling. 
  • God’s world, God’s war, God’s will. 
  • God’s silence is not the same as his absence.

Discussion:

Q. What did you find most helpful or most challenging in the video? 

Q. How has the reality of unanswered prayer affected your relationship with God? 

Q. Have you ever felt God’s silence/absence in seasons of your life and faith? How did you respond? 

“We are part of a faith that is all about wrestling”. 

Pete (in the video)

Q. How do you think we can get better, as communities, at dealing with the realities and challenges of unanswered prayer? 

Q. How can we encourage one another in “faithfulness” as well as “faith”? 


Time to Pray:

“Even when we don’t understand, we can still trust”.

Pete (in the video)

Take time to stop, pause and recommit to trusting God together as a group.


More Resources:

These can be found at prayercourse.org/toolshed

  • The Prayer of Relinquishment
  • How to Lament