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When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer

Gerald L Sittser

When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer

Gerald L Sittser

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A Gold Medallion Award winning book from the Evangelical Publishers Association

Those whose faith is challenged by some of their most urgently prayed prayers not being answered will be encouraged by this book that honestly probes tough questions about unanswered prayer in a way that ultimately will strengthen their faith.

More than a decade ago, Jerry Sittser prayed for the protection of his family, yet three of his loved ones - his daughter, his wife, and his mother - died in an automobile accident. What went wrong? "Why wasn't my prayer answered?" he asks. 'It is no longer an abstract question to me. What should we do and how should we respond when our prayers - prayers that seem right and true and good - go unanswered?"

In When God doesn't answer Your Prayer, Sittser continues exploring the issues he addressed in A Grace Disguised. He asks
  • Why doesn't God answer our prayers?
  • What, if anything, can we do about it?
  • Can God handle our complaints?
  • Why do we suffer when we have prayed ?
  • Do our prayers, in fact, make any difference?
Sittser is intensely committed to exploring the Christian faith, especially when it doesn't seem to "work." In this thoughtful and beautifully written book, he moves beyond easy answers and religious formulas to explore the goodness and greatness of a God who cannot be controlled but can be trusted.

When God doesn't answer Your Prayer takes an honest and probing look at the problem of unanswered prayer. In doing so, it draws us ever deeper into a relationship with the God who is the end of all our prayers, the object of our faith, the one who fulfils our deepest longings.

- Publisher Do Our Prayers Really Make a Difference?

A beloved husband dies of cancer. A child is kidnapped. A family is shattered by a fatal car accident. We pray for peace and protection in a world that seems to be falling apart. Often we experience or hear about spectacular answers to prayer. But where is God when the cry of our hearts seems to be answered with silence? When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer explores the mysteries and paradoxes of unanswered prayer. Forged in the fires of his personal quest following his own crushing experience of unanswered prayer, Jerry Sittser offers hard-won spiritual insights that affirm the greatness of God's love and concern for us, even when we do not fully understand why our prayers seem to go unanswered.

- Publisher When fervent prayers--prayers for the healing of a sick spouse, the salvation of a wayward child, or lasting peace in a war-ravaged nation--go unanswered, we feel the effects. It is hard to bounce back, to continue to believe in God's goodness when our prayers go unanswered. Dare we pray again?

Without answers, we may feel faith slipping from us, like solid ground washed away after a sudden rainstorm. This is a book about the mystery of unanswered prayer.
  • Why does God fail to answer some of our most heartfelt prayers when Scripture promises he will?
Jerry Sittser probes the hard questions of faith for readers who want to move beyond the cliches.
  • What does unanswered prayer say about God?
  • What does it say about us?
Woven throughout are stories from his own life as well as from the experience of others who have struggled with these issues. By exploring the questions honestly, Sittser helps us to pray more deeply and with greater faith. Unanswered prayer is a mystery, to be sure. But more mysterious still, more wild and wonderful and holy and beautiful, is God himself. He is the end of all our prayers, the object of our faith, the one who fulfills the deepest longing of the human heart.

- Publisher
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About "When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer"

A Gold Medallion Award winning book from the Evangelical Publishers Association

Those whose faith is challenged by some of their most urgently prayed prayers not being answered will be encouraged by this book that honestly probes tough questions about unanswered prayer in a way that ultimately will strengthen their faith.

More than a decade ago, Jerry Sittser prayed for the protection of his family, yet three of his loved ones - his daughter, his wife, and his mother - died in an automobile accident. What went wrong? "Why wasn't my prayer answered?" he asks. 'It is no longer an abstract question to me. What should we do and how should we respond when our prayers - prayers that seem right and true and good - go unanswered?"

In When God doesn't answer Your Prayer, Sittser continues exploring the issues he addressed in A Grace Disguised. He asks

  • Why doesn't God answer our prayers?
  • What, if anything, can we do about it?
  • Can God handle our complaints?
  • Why do we suffer when we have prayed ?
  • Do our prayers, in fact, make any difference?
Sittser is intensely committed to exploring the Christian faith, especially when it doesn't seem to "work." In this thoughtful and beautifully written book, he moves beyond easy answers and religious formulas to explore the goodness and greatness of a God who cannot be controlled but can be trusted.

When God doesn't answer Your Prayer takes an honest and probing look at the problem of unanswered prayer. In doing so, it draws us ever deeper into a relationship with the God who is the end of all our prayers, the object of our faith, the one who fulfils our deepest longings.
- Publisher

Do Our Prayers Really Make a Difference?

A beloved husband dies of cancer. A child is kidnapped. A family is shattered by a fatal car accident. We pray for peace and protection in a world that seems to be falling apart. Often we experience or hear about spectacular answers to prayer. But where is God when the cry of our hearts seems to be answered with silence? When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer explores the mysteries and paradoxes of unanswered prayer. Forged in the fires of his personal quest following his own crushing experience of unanswered prayer, Jerry Sittser offers hard-won spiritual insights that affirm the greatness of God's love and concern for us, even when we do not fully understand why our prayers seem to go unanswered.

- Publisher

When fervent prayers--prayers for the healing of a sick spouse, the salvation of a wayward child, or lasting peace in a war-ravaged nation--go unanswered, we feel the effects. It is hard to bounce back, to continue to believe in God's goodness when our prayers go unanswered. Dare we pray again?

Without answers, we may feel faith slipping from us, like solid ground washed away after a sudden rainstorm. This is a book about the mystery of unanswered prayer.
  • Why does God fail to answer some of our most heartfelt prayers when Scripture promises he will?
Jerry Sittser probes the hard questions of faith for readers who want to move beyond the cliches.
  • What does unanswered prayer say about God?
  • What does it say about us?
Woven throughout are stories from his own life as well as from the experience of others who have struggled with these issues. By exploring the questions honestly, Sittser helps us to pray more deeply and with greater faith. Unanswered prayer is a mystery, to be sure. But more mysterious still, more wild and wonderful and holy and beautiful, is God himself. He is the end of all our prayers, the object of our faith, the one who fulfills the deepest longing of the human heart.

- Publisher

Meet the Author

Gerald L Sittser

Gerald L. Sittser (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of theology at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. He is the author of The Adventure, A Cautious Patriotism, A Grace Disguised, The Will of God as a Way of Life and When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer.

Sittser has won numerous awards and honors including a Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for his book When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer. His two most recent books Water from a Deep Well which surveys the Spirituality from the early martyrs to modern missionaries, and Love One Another which examines and applies the 'one another' exhortations of the New Testament to believers so we will aspire to Becoming the Church Jesus Longs For.
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  • Catalogue Code 205658
  • Product Code 0310257107
  • EAN 9780310257103
  • UPC 025986257101
  • Pages 208
  • Department General Books
  • Category Prayer
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Jan 2004
  • Dimensions 216 x 135 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.163kg

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