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WHY ISN'T GOD ANSWERING MY PRAYER?

Is He mad at me? Maybe God not answering your prayer has more to do with you developing you... because there is a PURPOSE IN THE PROCESS

SHOW NOTES

  • The Question (1:02)

  • No Answer is an Answer (1:29)

  • Can't Always Get What You Want (1:48)

  • Two-Way Street (2:04)

  • When I make myself God... (2:24)

  • The Purpose of Prayer (2:35)

  • We are a Reflection of Jesus (3:41)

  • Trust Issues (4:16)

  • So thankful God didn't answer your prayer (5:22)

  • Not God's Best For You (6:37)

  • In the in-between (7:00)

  • Explore Every Option (7:19)

  • Maybe He's Drawing You Out (8:00)

  • Give God some room to work (8:47)

  • Developing Patience (9:01)

  • There's Purpose in the Process (9:11)

THE RECAP

Why isn’t God answering my prayer?

  1. Timing Matters

  2. Is it NO Answer, or NOT the answer you’re looking for?

  3. There is purpose in the process

TANGIBLE TAKEAWAY

  • Ask yourself… is God being silent, or is there more to this journey?

  • Ask Jesus… what am I missing?

  • Memorize and Repeat: Isaiah 55.8-9 NLT “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
        “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
    For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
        so my ways are higher than your ways
        and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

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What do you do when God seems silent? Is He mad at me? Is He hiding from me?  Is it possible that God is trolling me?  Maybe, just maybe, there is more to the story. 


So you're wondering what THE ENGAGE LIFE is?

It's a podcast, vlog, internet tv show that talks about the real life stuff that matters to you... Pastors Brett & Desiree Esslinger from ENGAGE CHURCH help you discover real faith for real life.

Because life doesn't only happen on Sunday's...

So let's jump in, this is THE ENGAGE LIFE with Pastors Brett & Desiree from Engage Church

SHOW NOTES

  • Why is God so Silent? (2:40)

  • Recognizing that Prayer is Communication (3:11)

  • In order for God to speak... we need to listen (3:40)

  • Is the noise of life drowning out God's voice? (4:11)

  • Outside Noise vs Inside Noise (4:41)

  • Is it actually silent... or you just don't like what you hear? (6:06)

  • Do you already know the answer? (6:53)

  • Not hear anything... you're not alone (7:17)

  • Nothing is Wasted (7:48)

  • Maybe the silence is positive (8:01)

  • It's all about timing (8:21)

  • Is God waiting for me? (9:27)

  • Giving you some space (9:38)

  • Is the silence about the things I need to get out... (10:13)

THE RECAP

Why Is God So Silent?

  1. Because you didn't stop talking... it's a two-way street, it's a conversation!

  2. Because our lives are creating so much noise, that we can't hear the still small voice 

  3. Because it's all about timing... the right thing at the right time

THE TANGIBLE TAKEAWAY

  • This week, take 5 Minutes each day to LISTEN to and for the Voice of God

  • This week, take 5 minutes to READ the Bible

  • This week, take 5 minutes to RECORD what God is saying

  • This week, take time to REDUCE the noise… put your phone down, schedule some downtime

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 We are looking at a simple question, that's not easy... HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH DISAPPOINTMENT?

This is a loaded question, and the answer isn't always clear... but we do our best to dive deep and discover how we can deal with disappointment! PLUS... we've got some BONUS CONTENT FOR YOU!!!! That's right... we doubled down on dealing with disappointment... so don't forget to check it!

CHECK OUT THE BONUS CONTENT BELOW

So you're wondering what THE ENGAGE LIFE is?

It's a podcast, vlog, internet tv show that talks about the real life stuff that matters to you... Pastors Brett & Desiree Esslinger from ENGAGE CHURCH help you discover real faith for real life.

Because life doesn't only happen on Sunday's...

SHOW NOTES

  • Expectations & Assumptions (0:27)

  • Life is a team sport (1:30)

  • How Do We Deal With Disappointment #1 - ON A TEAM (2:21)

  • Who are you actually disappointed with? (3:15)

  • Disappointed with God? (3:25)

  • Good Idea or God Idea? (3:45)

  • How Do We Deal with Disappointment #2 - JESUS FIRST (5:07)

  • IDENTITY - Untangling what I do with who I am (6:13)

  • Dig Out & Deal with the root of disappointment (6:42)

  • Unresolved Disappointment devolves into Bitterness (7:06)

  • The Recap (8:27)

THE RECAP

  1. We don’t lean back, we lean in

  2. We’ve got to discover & diagnose the root cause of our disappointment

  3. We dig it out

THE TANGIBLE TAKEAWAY

  • Who do you have in your life who can help you walk through your disappointment?

  • Who in your life do you trust to help you identify your blindspots?

  • Have you invited Jesus into your pain and given him room and permission to work?

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DID SOMEBODY SAY BONUS CONTENT?

There is nothing more difficult than seeing someone that you love in pain. At times you feel helpless...but there must be something you can do to help? We jump in and look at the ways you can help someone walk through disappointment.

The truth bombs starting dropping early in this episode so buckle up, jump right in and enjoy the ride!

SHOW NOTES

  • You can only help if you have true relationship (0:15)

  • Being honest, open and vulnerable is born out of true relationship (0:39)

  • What does it look like to ‘speak the truth in love’ in real life? (0:57)

  • The scariest prayers to pray… (1:33)

  • How can I be present in the midst of my friend’s pain? (2:33)

  • You need some change in your pocket - building relational trust (3:37)

  • There’s only one saviour… and you’re not it (4:27)

THE RECAP

  1. Be present, not perfect

  2. Speak the truth in love, and be HEAVY on the LOVE

  3. You need some change in your pocket.

THE TANGIBLE TAKEAWAY

  • Do you want to be right or do you want to help?

  • Do you have enough relational equity, or enough trust built up to actually help?

  • Lead with love… be present, be positive, be encouraging

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