When prayers seem to fail

Disillusionment.  Have you ever felt it?  Have you ever lived it?  You carry a significant request to God and beg Him to do something.  And He does.

But it wasn’t what you asked Him to do.

Or maybe God seems silent.  And you don’t know what to do next.

On the one hand you try to be all spiritual and sing the Garth Brooke’s song, “Thank God for unanswered prayers.”  But something deep within feels disappointed.  And afraid.  And a little off.

Maybe a lot off.  With God.

What do you do with that?

My friend, Mark Batterson, knows what this feels like.  He’s the pastor of a hugely influential church on Capitol Hill, National Community Church.  But this wasn’t the first church he started.

Before coming to Capitol Hill, Mark started a church in Chicago… that failed.

How did he press through the disillusionment?  How did he get past the fear?

He didn’t just pray about his situation.  He prayed through it.

But, why don’t I let Mark explain this concept to you.  And after you watch this interview with Mark, leave your prayer request below and both Mark and I will be praying for you today.

Also, you’ll be entered to win one of 3 signed books I’m giving away written by Mark on this topic.  His book is called, “The Circle Maker.”  It’s one of my favorite books of this New Year! You can find The Circle Maker on Amazon here ,  or wherever books are sold.


  1. Patty Gonzalez says

    Great words of encouragement .
    My husband is taking me off his cell phone plan. My overage was high but I had the company give me rollover minutes to cover. My Dad had just pass away and I have been using my cell to speak to my family. Unfortunately it went over minutes. Because of this he will discontinue my cell phone. If I want a phone I need to get my own cell phone service . I will continue to pray for this man which is non bdliever. Don’t feel like it but I will.