Let Us Pray – When God Says “no” – Part II

In Jeremiah 33:3, God makes a powerful promise to answer when we call upon Him. But what happens when His responses don’t align with our expectations? Last week, we explored a few of the many possible reasons behind God’s potential “no” in our prayers. This Sunday, we’re continuing our series, “Let Us Pray,” and diving deeper by exploring some possible responses to God’s “no.”

Join us a Pastor Chris shows us the transformative power of God’s goodness, love, and surrender in the face of unanswered prayers as we explore the various ways we might react when faced with an unexpected answer from God. 


  1. Jesus’ prayer in the garden of Gethsemane serves as a powerful example for us when we encounter pain and suffering. How can we apply the three elements of Jesus’ prayer (affirming God’s power, asking with passion, and accepting God’s plan) to our own lives? In what ways does this prayer model help us navigate through challenging situations?
  2. God’s grace is a source of strength, comfort, and provision during times when His response is not what we expected. How have you experienced God’s grace in your own life during difficult seasons? How does relying on His grace empower us to handle His answers, especially when they are contrary to our desires?
  3. Share a time when you faced an unanswered prayer or a situation where God’s response was different from what you hoped for. How did you initially respond, and how did your perspective change over time? What lessons did you learn about trust, surrender, or finding hope in God’s plan through that experience?
  4. What are some practical ways we can cultivate a deeper trust in God and embrace His goodness, love, and surrender when faced with challenging circumstances or unanswered prayers? How can we encourage one another as a church community to hold onto hope and trust in God’s perfect timing?
  5. In what areas of your life do you currently need to remind yourself of God’s goodness, love, and trustworthiness? How can you practically apply the principles discussed in the sermon to those specific areas?
  6. How does understanding that God’s ways are higher than our own and that He has a bigger perspective and purpose for our lives impact the way we approach difficult situations? How can we shift our focus from seeking immediate answers to seeking a deeper relationship with Him in the midst of our struggles?
  7. How does the reminder of God’s goodness and love impact your perspective when faced with a “no” from Him? Share any personal experiences where you have seen His goodness and love at work, even in difficult circumstances.
  8. Take a moment to pray for one another, specifically lifting up any current challenges or unanswered prayers. Ask God to help each person trust His goodness, love, and plan, even when faced with uncertainty or disappointment.
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