1Cor. 12:9 “...My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in m infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Mt. 5:48  “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

Pr. 1:28-29 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.  Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke.”

Is. 59:1-2 “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear; But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”


It is quite appropriate to ask “Why?”

Psalm 10:1, 44:23, 88:14

Isaiah 63:17


  1. 1. What must I remember about God’s character when my prayers are not answered right away?

  1. 2. Why didn’t Paul receive the answer he expected when he prayed about his “thorn in the flesh?”

  1. 3. Complete Paul’s testimony about the blessing of his trials.  “I will glory in the things which concern my __________________.”

  1. 4. Paul did not receive healing, instead he received ______________.

  1. 5. Afflictions are actually  ________________ for our spiritual growth.

   a) detrimental  b) crippling  c) good   d) unnecessary

  1. 6. Struggles can be (two answers)

  2. a)the result of poor choices.

  3. b)the luck of the draw.

  4. c)happenstance.

  5. d)ordained by God.

  1. 7. What godly character traits can develop in our lives as we pray for a very long time for something?

  1. 8. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” does not really apply in this 21st Century.  This Bible verse from Matthew 5:48 was for the early church only.    T     F

  1. 9. Your life-message is formed in your life-

    a) struggles   b) blessings   c) partner   d) goals

  1. 10.  God takes our worst and turns it into His __________ in us.  

  1. 11.  Why didn’t God answer Paul’s prayer to have his “thorn in the flesh” removed? 

  2. a)Paul’s timing was off.

  3. b)Paul didn’t really believe with his whole heart.

  4. c)Paul was prideful.  His affliction kept him humble.

  5. d)Paul affliction caused people to pity him.

  1. 12.  The golden vials of Revelation 5:8 are filled with incense, which is the

        a) prayers of the saints   b) fragrant oil   

        c) secret recipe of the high priests   d) air purifier

  1. 13.  How long did George Mueller pray for the two men to be saved?       

   a) 6 years   b) 60 years    c) 20 years   d) 65 years

  1. 14. God is answering our prayers today while we continue to wait for more answers.   T     F

  1. 15.  Faith is futuristic while it is the ________________ of things hoped for.


    Rosalind Goforth China Inland Mission

    by Professor Finney 1847

    Conditions for answers to prayer


Get real with God and He’ll be real with you.  Remember, He approaches us according to how we approach Him.  This is a wonderful experience when we are tenderhearted and long to be closer to Him.

Psalm 18:25-26 displays God’s manner of relating with us: “With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful; With the perfect man thou wilt show thyself perfect;  With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; And with the perverse thou wilt show thyself froward.”

Until we meet Jesus face to face, and even after meeting Him, we will have questions to ask Him.  About what have you been praying and seemingly have heard no answers .... yet? 


Journal your quandaries before the Lord.  Although you have unanswered prayers, continue your dialogue with Him through writing.  Your topics could include:

Unresolved issues of life

Persistent hang ups

Unfulfilled promises of the Lord

Strained relationships

.... and only you and the Lord know what else you two will talk about.  


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