3 Things To Consider When God’s Answer is Not What You Want

When God’s Answer is Not What You Want

You see it, you like it, you want it and you want it NOW. So you pray and you pray and you tell God what you want. You get worried that you will miss out on a good thing if He doesn’t move fast.

You beseech God in your prayers and you recount to Him all the scriptures about Him supplying all your needs and no good thing would He withhold. But when He doesn’t answer the way you’d like, you become despondent and frustrated. You work yourself into a frenzy wondering if God even hears you.

Consider these three points when it seems as if God is not answering your prayer:

The reason why you are asking

What is your reason for wanting the house or the car or the husband/wife?

Is it for status or show?

Is it because everyone has one and so you want one too?

When we ask God for something, we need to check our reason for asking. In James 4:3 Paul says “When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures ”.

God is willing to bless us with material possessions but not if He doesn’t receive the glory when He gives them to us; not when He knows we’ll become distracted by them and not give Him the glory.

He knows the future

No man can see the future. Only God knows what the future holds. Only He knows what will happen to us during the course of the day and beyond it. Only He knows what our financial, emotional or physical state will be in the future. And He knows whether giving this particular thing to us at this very moment will cause us hardship emotionally or financially later on.

Maybe that guy/girl who is so tender and loving now may change into someone you don’t recognize later on.

Maybe that car that you want will become so problematic that it will cost more to fix it than the price you paid to buy it. Only God knows!

I remember a few years ago when I wanted to make a huge investment, God stopped it. The deal was about to be closed. All that had to be done was to have the papers signed.  But God sent someone who spoke to me and advised me against it. It always amazes me how that happened. The person had absolutely no knowledge of what I was about to do. It was a totally random conversation but God spoke to me through that person.

It turned out the following year, the income in my household was drastically reduced. If I had gone through with the deal, we would have suffered greatly. I have never stopped thanking God for that and so have learned to go according to His will and not mine.

He has something better in store for you

Sometimes we rush ahead thinking that this is the best deal ever. There is no way that I can get this deal or offer anywhere else and I have to grab it before it goes.

I can testify that God always gives us His best no matter what. When I was doing my undergraduate degree, just like everyone else I applied for a student loan. Both of my attempts were rejected. I was frustrated but I began my degree in faith.

This is how God worked things out: my first and second years, I received bursaries to cover my tuition and in my remaining time I got two partial scholarships that covered my tuition. I also got a job on campus that supplemented rent and food. At the end of my degree, I was debt-free! All praises be to God!

He takes care of his own and ALWAYS gives them His best. At the time I was frustrated but God had something else, something much better in store for me.

I could go on and on about how God moves but what I want to leave with you is this… If you haven’t received whatever you’ve asked for as of yet, don’t become flustered or frustrated or rush ahead. God knows what He is doing and if it is within His will for you to have it He will give it to you, but in HIS time… not yours and in HIS way… not yours.

Simone Williams

Simone Williams

Simone is a high-school teacher who loves reading especially the Bible and spending time in prayer.
Simone Williams


  1. Masego Mosime

    June 8, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Thank you Jesus

  2. Danielle Maree Prollius

    June 6, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I am waiting on a decision right now from God. These things I was thinking on already. Thankyou for reinforcing for me

  3. Jeanette Motsamai

    June 6, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Thank you Lord, amen

  4. Monica Makuvise

    June 5, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Amen Ameeen

  5. Stephanie Greene

    June 5, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    AMEN Be still and wait on the Lord

  6. Eileen Newman

    June 5, 2017 at 11:55 am


  7. Otsanya Onmonya Comfort

    June 5, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Simply truth of the matter

  8. Albina Hove

    June 5, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Help me Lord to focus on you

  9. Amber Triplett

    June 5, 2017 at 1:23 am


  10. Van Essa

    June 4, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Please help me LORD to do your will.

  11. Alice Chong

    June 4, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Amen Amen

  12. Connie Graham

    June 4, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Connor Graham

  13. Terry Daley

    June 4, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you Jesus Amen

  14. Lorna Marie Lariviere

    June 4, 2017 at 10:21 pm


  15. Lynn Tillman-Lynch

    June 4, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Amen God! Thy will be done

  16. Marsja van der Westhuizen

    June 4, 2017 at 8:56 pm


  17. Trisha Dee Sierra

    June 4, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Amen. I ask God for peace of mind, stability in all areas of life. Knowing my children and loved ones are ok. Nothing materialistic, just hope for another brighter blessed day.

  18. Asiya Siddhu

    June 4, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Veena Gill

  19. Camelia Dora Campbell

    June 4, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Heavenly Father, please provide for me financially. I have been struggling to make ends meet no matter how hard I work. Please give me what I need in order to provide for my family. I trust you and pray that your holy spirit would give me peace in this hard time. Amen.

  20. Lonia Nachilima

    June 4, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Let it be so

  21. Margaret Alejo

    June 4, 2017 at 8:47 pm


  22. Peruth Wagiko

    April 21, 2017 at 9:44 am


  23. Josie Ilano

    April 21, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Prayer is our sword,and shield. Amen

  24. Zolla Himumuine

    April 20, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    May only your will be done !

  25. Steve Mayaka

    April 20, 2017 at 2:55 pm


  26. Nomonde Ella Ndlanzi

    April 20, 2017 at 9:24 am


  27. Cathy Tumalad

    April 20, 2017 at 5:05 am


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    April 20, 2017 at 3:21 am


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    April 20, 2017 at 3:10 am


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    April 20, 2017 at 2:07 am

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  31. Faith Vandus

    April 20, 2017 at 1:19 am


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    April 20, 2017 at 1:10 am

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    April 20, 2017 at 1:05 am

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  34. Robert Bell

    April 20, 2017 at 12:30 am

    In Your Name LORD AMEN!

  35. Susan Lorejas Catanduanes

    April 19, 2017 at 11:42 pm


  36. Ellah Reu Cabaya

    April 19, 2017 at 11:22 pm


  37. Theresa Julien

    April 19, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    sometimes its not about wanting something superficial. and sometimes our motives are right….and still the out come is not what we want. and thats the hardest. i asked for God to heal my dad and keep him with us….he died 2 weeks ago suddenly. God knows what more than we do in all things and not having my dad is killing me but I have to believe God knew more. Maybe he would have suffered or something I don’t know. Its just hard to deal with. So take heart that sometimes we just don’t get answers.

  38. Chenai Masjonga

    April 19, 2017 at 9:21 pm


  39. Adekowajo Busola

    April 19, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    looking up to GOD for best

  40. Fredricka Wright

    April 19, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    True. Thank you for the confirmation!

  41. Brent N Mindy Jistel

    April 19, 2017 at 7:29 pm

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    April 19, 2017 at 7:04 pm


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    April 19, 2017 at 6:26 pm

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  44. Rozetta Penny

    April 19, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Thank u fr the inspiring message.

  45. Christiana Annang

    April 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm


  46. Spiwe Arson

    April 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm


  47. Lorna Marie Lariviere

    April 19, 2017 at 5:09 pm

  48. Kristyn Kahler

    April 19, 2017 at 4:38 pm

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    April 19, 2017 at 4:35 pm


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    April 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm


  51. Pretty Eyes

    April 19, 2017 at 4:28 pm


  52. Lharns AC Apostol

    April 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm


  53. Terry Daley

    April 19, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you Jesus Amen

  54. Janine Djoe

    April 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm


  55. Sunny Leah Shoemake

    April 19, 2017 at 2:43 pm

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  56. Tracey YG

    April 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Believe it! Amen

  57. Bobbie Galloway-Folie

    April 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm


  58. Nonceba Rato Khohlakala

    April 19, 2017 at 1:59 pm


  59. Vorcinthia Pope

    April 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    The Lord don’t always give you what you want. He will always give you what you need. In what ever you do you have to be ready for His answer and except it, what ever the answer is. All things is done for His glory. Watch and pray for understanding of all things. He will reveal to you in His time not ours. Praise the Lord in all we do.

  60. Francyine Johnson

    April 19, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Thank You for the message

  61. Lyzz Gakiri

    April 19, 2017 at 1:49 pm


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    April 19, 2017 at 1:48 pm

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    April 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm


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    April 19, 2017 at 1:43 pm


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    April 19, 2017 at 1:34 pm

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    April 19, 2017 at 1:26 pm

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  67. Charm Salvador

    April 19, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Wow. This is really for me

  68. Mercy Meci

    April 19, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Actually! i had given up but i see God’s plan is his..no man can take away

  69. Wanda Wright

    April 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm


  70. Thapelo Tlou

    April 19, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Amen Hallelujah

  71. Florenda Francisco

    April 19, 2017 at 1:12 pm


  72. Helen Tabowei Omede

    April 19, 2017 at 1:12 pm


  73. Vanessa Davids

    April 19, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Amen indeed

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