What happens when God doesn’t answer prayers?

unanswered-prayerThis week has been tough.

A close family friend passed away after being diagnosed with acute Leukemia. The hardest part is knowing that although there is a cure, she was diagnosed too late and her body could not recover from the battle raging inside. She leaves behind a husband, three grown children (one whom is engaged) and one grandchild, all of which we are close to.

She was too young. She was too good of a person to lose.

The night before her passing I met with the children and her husband as well the Pastor of Care from our church in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the hospital where she was receiving care. Together we prayed for her healing, asking God to intervene and perform a miracle. We prayed for the children, her husband and the doctors and nurses.

Morning came, however, and she went to be with Jesus.

Where is the good? Where is the comfort?

Right now, it’s hard to see what God has planned for the family as they grieve the loss of their mom and wife. We don’t understand the ways He directs our paths. And we struggle in the unknown. We struggle with loss. We struggle with pain.

When we struggle, God does not abandon us, nor is He disappointed. He never forsakes us. He is always faithful and full of lovingkindness toward us. In times like these we are reminded to drop to our knees and surrender our will to His, our plans to His, our hopes to His. In surrendering we find freedom to grieve, to mourn, and to breathe again.


“Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Psalm 106:1

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Aaron Zapata is the founder of IMPACT Properties in Southern California.


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