When Prayers Feel Unanswered

January 15, 2023
January 15, 2023 Tasha Mitchell

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How do we know if God answers our prayers? What are we to think when we ask God for the deepest longings of our hearts and don’t feel heard? This week, we will look at the longing of the Psalmist and the reality of Jesus’ unanswered prayer.

Psalm 22:1-8

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, but I find no rest.[b]

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
    you are the one Israel praises.[c]
In you our ancestors put their trust;
    they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man,
    scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
    they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
    “let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
    since he delights in him.”


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