When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer: Insights to Keep You Praying with Greater Faith and Deeper Hope

Front Cover
Zondervan, Oct 14, 2009 - Religion - 208 pages
1 Review
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?” 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 fulfills our deepest longings.

What people are saying - Write a review

One of the Best Books on a Controversial Topic

User Review  - Overstock.com

I found this book to be excellent in answering a searching and lifelong question. Buy it read it you will not regret it. The author has spent years working through his thoughtful response. Read full review

When God doesn't answer your prayer

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Sittser has given himself a daunting task in dealing with the issue of unanswered prayer. The tragic deaths of his young daughter, wife, and mother made the issue extremely personal for him ... Read full review


Are You Listening God?
The True Heart of Prayer
Can God Take Our Complaints?
Praying according to Gods Will
Prayer Is Not about
Readers Group Guide
Share Your Thoughts

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Jerry Sittser is Professor and Chair of Theology at Whitworth University. He holds a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a doctorate in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including A Grace Disguised and The Will of God as a Way of Life. Married to Patricia, he is the father of three children and two step-children, all grown.


Bibliographic information