Unanswered Prayers

medium_2334183401My husband & I recently spoke about prayer and our prayer ministry, Pray More Novenas, at a local Theology on Tap event.

After our talk, there was a short break, and then we did a question & answer session. One of the questions has stuck with me since that night, and I wanted to share it with you all here…

It’s something I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about in the past year or so.

The question was, “If our prayers aren’t answered after a novena, should we keep praying?”

Essentially, I think that person was wondering whether having a prayer go (seemingly) unanswered means that we should stop praying for that intention altogether.

And my initial answer was — no, don’t stop praying. Don’t ever stop praying.

But there’s more to that…

When our prayers continue to go unanswered, I think it’s a good time to then consider whether God may be willing something else in our life.

I don’t mean to say that in a way that would suggest that your intention isn’t good. But sometimes, even when our intentions are good, God knows what’s better than good — what’s best.

It’s not easy to pray — let alone to commit to a novena, and then to feel like you didn’t get what you were asking for.

I know this from experience. I bet you do too.

But like all fathers, our God wants exactly what is best for us. And really, He alone knows what that is. So we may think our intention is true and good, but God knows exactly what we need in our lives — and when.

We have got to trust that.

So when, personally, my prayers go (seemingly) unanswered, I ask myself whether maybe that’s a sign that God is willing something else in my life right now. I often come to the conclusion that — at least — maybe there’s a chance I’m praying for the wrong thing.

I then start to change my prayer, and to ask God for what He is willing — and especially for clarity, and confidence in what that may be.

And when I change my prayer, my prayer eventually changes me

I’ve learned in the past year that praying isn’t so that we can get what we’re asking for… Praying is meant to transform us, to bring us closer to God. Praying doesn’t exist so that we can control Him, but so that we can open our hearts to be led by Him.

John of Damascus said, “Prayer is the raising of the mind and the heart to God.” It’s seeking communion with God.

And even when our prayers go unanswered, when we don’t get what we’re asking for, we can still receive peace if we pray in the right frame of mind (and heart). And I think that begins with an ending; ending our prayers with the words Jesus himself spoke the night before he died:

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.”

Jesus’ attitude in Gethsemane is the attitude we should try to emulate every time we go to pray.

I know (I know!) how discouraging it can be to not have your prayers answered, and to especially see no progress with your intention. But each time you remember to pray and say, “Not my will, but yours,” is a time that you grow closer in communion with Him and with His path for you

And that is why prayer exists.

I’m praying for you — especially if you, like me, have had some prayers go (seemingly) unanswered. I’m praying that God will give us clarity about His will in our lives, and then, that He will give us greater strength to endure each day ahead of us.

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  • janet

    Yes, my prayers are slow to be answered, but my intentions are big ones. So His will could be “it takes time” or “not yet”. He is talking to me, leading me though, so it’s not for naught. Some of the things happening are amazing. You are so right about persevering and it bringing you closer to Him.

    I have to admit to being impatient and sometimes envious of others whose prayers from the novenas are answered.

    • Same here 🙂

      • Katie

        Hi Anne—
        You are so delightful, thank you:)
        I do have a request. Was wondering if you and your hubby could pray for my friend’s newborn baby. She had just learned he needs open heart surgery in a few months—as she described it, she feels like she was kicked in the gut. I left her message saying this is faith and give it to Him. easier said than done sometimes I know. She asked if I would get people to pray—I am trying—so please, if you will keep Decker Sharp in your prayers. Thank you so very much.
        Peace–Katie

      • EVELINE SHANTHINI

        Hi Anne,

        I would request you to pray for me for the numerous problems I have especially debt. I have been continuously praying and looking for a solution form God. Please pray for me alongwith your friends so that I come out of this successfully

    • Rita

      There is no prayer to big for God and Jesus says “with God nothing is impossible” Jesus also says, “when you pray if you believe in your heart that you have receive it, you will receive it”. I believe we are praying the wrong way when we do not receive our prayers. God can answer any prayer if he wills but it has to be for his glory!

  • Alma

    Wonderfully said! I have recently been blessed with better employment, and it all really began with giving God control, asking Him to place me where He thought I would thrive better. With my new employment, I have found benefits I had never even imagined, peace of mind, and I’ve noticed that I’ve become more cheerful and upbeat. God led me somewhere I didn’t expect, and it happened to be better than what I had originally wanted. Thank you for starting this prayer ministry of praying more novenas. It’s strengthened my faith in God! God bless!

  • Shannon

    Only God knows what is best for us. My prayers have gone “unanswered”‘for a while. I continue to pray the novenas. I decided to let go of what I want and ask to see what God wants of me. My eyes have been opened. I know why they didn’t get answered. We just have to trust in his plan and know that only he knows what is best for us! He gives us what we need when we need it

  • Pat

    I have been praying since when I was in my teen age to find the right husband and start a christian family but now am going over 30 with no sign yet.every novena prayers,i include this intentions.What do I do should I still keep on praying?

    • Hi Pat,

      I definitely think you should keep on praying 🙂

      Like I said, praying isn’t just a means of getting what we want — but more or less, it’s a means of getting what God wants — better communion with Him!

      I would suggest praying for clarity about what God *does want in your life right now. With an open heart and mind, especially, He may be able to guide you on another path He has in mind for you.

      You can definitely keep praying for this intention. Ask God to lead you, to open doors — or even to close them, so that you know His will for you better.

      I’ll say a prayer for you!

  • Ruth B.

    God is Immutable. He is the same today, tomorrow and forever. The purpose of prayer is not to change God but to change us. Maybe it will make us open to the miracle that God wants to give us. Often it means that we change our wills to match God’s.

    • Beautifully said!

  • niki

    we were once asked in our prayer group, “what was the longest time you waited to get an answer for a prayer?”

    as i reflected on this, i feel blessed as i often dont wait too long for answers. probably the longest time i waited was 6 months, that was for my mom to recover from her spinal operation and be able to walk again.definitely, that was God’s perfect timing when it happened.

    however, i realized later on that there is this one intention that i kept repeating from time to time for almost 10 years now! though, each time i prayed for it fervently, God’s reply had been a “no” —sometimes a quiet no, other times a boomerang one!

    i would feel guilty for persistently praying for it when clearly, in many occasions, He says “no”. but i never seemed to give up on this intention.

    so, it makes me ask, am i plainly persistent? or am i displeasing God already?

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  • Jonnie

    “Sometimes I thank God… For unanswered prayers” — Garth Brooks

  • Elizabeth

    Thank you for this post. I really needed to hear this. I’ve been praying so many rosaries and novenas for my husband and I to find suitable employment. So far, nothing. It’s been 5 months. I will continue to pray, but it is definitely difficult, especially when it feels like I’ve been praying and getting no answers. This post has given me hope. Thank you for this wonderful blog! I truly enjoy reading your posts!

    • Monica

      There’s no prayers that goes to the dustbin even unanswered ones. We can never limit God and he always give our needs according to our abilities , he really knows when is the best time for us to get what we have asked for. No matter how long it will take. It can take years and years not only months…sometimes God does try to test our faith to see if we can give up. So the key here is to learn to be patient enough praying without complaining. I attended morning masses and prayed for the change of my sister for 6 good years and she finally changed and started going to church. So anything is possible

  • YA

    The majority of my prayers have gone unanswered. So I recently have stopped praying all together. But this post and Luke 18:1 (never give up praying) has encouraged me to start praying again. So even though my prayers will most likely go unanswered I will keep praying to grow closer to god. Ever since I stopped praying I do feel distant and slightly empty inside.

  • Nan Forman

    I too have been praying for total healing of my 36-yr-old son who has been battling stage 4 colon cancer (also in his liver and abdomen) for a year now. The prognosis is not what we want. We want total healing ….The prayers have helped to bring us all closer to God and each other…but the prognosis is still the same. We have placed him in God’s hands — “Thy will be done –on earth as it is in Heaven”“` but I still am praying for total healing………People tell me to pray harder…….I am trying to trust in God and His Divine Mercy….but it is difficult when the test results always come back the same. Please God, help me to accept your DIvine Plan –andt if it be your will, take this cup from my son and let him live to see his children grow up. All for God’s Glory.

    • Yes,I feel for you and your son’s family. My husband fought pancreatic cancer for seven months and was told there was no sign of it anywhere. We continued to keep him on a healthy diet, seven months later he started to complain of pain again, but tests showed nothing going on. Less than six months later he died. I felt like God was showing me that I’m not smarter than He is. I tried to go with the doctors and healthy diet, trying to prove you can beat pancreatic cancer. I know now I was giving myself to much credit and not enough to God. But I didn’t expect God to do it so harsh. I’ve lost three children before my husband, but this is the hardest thing that God has asked of me. Robert was always there after each child died, but no one can seem to help me this time. I’ve also asked in prayers to be at peace living alone, but I still can’t except it. Patti

      • Karen

        God is always with you. You are never alone! Close your eyes and pray you will feel his presence.

  • K

    Thank you for your ministry. Although my prayers remain unanswered, I am comforted knowing that all of us are praying in solidarity. Would you consider doing the next novena or the one after to St. Catherine of Genoa? Two of my prayer intentions are under her patronage and I know many who need help in their marriages.

    I hope this isn’t rude to ask. Thanks.

    • I’ve actually never heard of that saint before! 🙂 Thank you for the suggestion. We’re always working on adding more novenas to the list of novenas that we want to get for the future. For now, though, the next three novenas have been planned since last year — but we’ll try to take it into consideration for next year.

  • Terise

    Some of my prayers that have not been answered are: 1) my daughter and step son need to heal their relationship, my children to return to the Catholic church and my grandchildren to get baptized, confirmed, and make their first communion in the church, my step children to return to church, my husband and I to find a home with some land out of town that we can afford and to sell the house we are in for a decent price, and my health to continue to improve so that I am in remission from my disease. I will continue to pray and say the Novenas with belief that God will answer my prayers in ways I never could imagine. Thank you!

  • nje

    hi Annie,
    am confused kindly guide me..a couple months ago,i broke up wth a man i really loved.actually he abandoned me..i kept praying for reconciliation for months till I started seeing my unanswered prayers as a way of God telling me to forge forward.the last novena i did regarding our reconciliation was of St.Jude Thaddeus..i decided to change my mindset and move on with my life,but my ex’s thought are ever overshaddowing me..i prayed with you this novena ofchrist the king,my greatest request was for me to forget him and forge forward..but now,i feel like am thinkng of him more and more and its affecting me and making me hate him…my question is does God give mixed answers?or whats
    happening to me?

  • Johan

    Dear my friend in Christ, Annie

    My wife Nining (51) has low back pain illness for the last 2 years, we prayers to the Almighty God every time, we pray Rosary, Mother Mary Novena etc, but we still don’t get a significant improvement. I feel almost given up.

    • I’m so sorry to hear that. I’ll pray for you both. Don’t give up hope — right now, this Advent season, is all about hope and waiting on Jesus. Pope Francis just said, “Advent increases our hope, a hope which does not disappoint. The Lord never lets us down.” I know it doesn’t feel like that right now, but God is certainly with your wife in her suffering — and yours, too. Hang in there.

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  • tn

    I thank God for such icouragements, strangthens my faith that I am not alone, I thank God That even if my prayers are not yet answered, He guides me whenever I am in prayer. I have experienced a lot of changes conerning my two petitions, and I believe my miracle is on the way. My prayer is that lets continue praying and am positive something will happen

  • Phil

    I am halfway through my first 54 day novena. I am asking God to help overcome a very troublesome financial problem. I’m hoping he will grant my request. So far he has helped me defeat alcoholism in one day! I woke up one morning and prayed to God to lift this burden from shoulders. I haven’t touched a drink in six years. I have stage 4 Mantle Cell Lymphoma. The prognosis is not good, yet I remain in remission for seven years now. I’m still not back at work due to ongoing side effects, but I’m surviving. In this novena I’m requesting financial help. I can’t bear this burden anymore. I’ve asked him that if his answer is “no” would he bring my cancer back and let me die. This way my life insurance and pension buy out would eliminate this debt I so stupidly created. Is this wrong to pray for ones own death?

    Phil

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  • Silvana

    Thank you for this article. My husband and I have been praying to have a child for 9 years. I often wondered if I should just give up because it’s not in God’s will. To be honest I am having a hard time understanding why God wouldn’t want to bless our marriage with a child. Reading this article I now understand better on how to change my prayer. I do trust God and his judgement, I am reminded he knows what’s best for us and when. So, thank you, I will continue to pray.

    • pauline

      This message may be helpful for Dina. Three years ago, son had been out of work for almost two years. He is very well qualified, but is is in a field where thousands of employees were down-sized.
      I was praying constantly, Lord, thy will be done, but there were times, when no job was forthcoming, that I would be on the verge of giving up. What I had to do, all along, was be strong, happy and up-beat for my son’s sake; this was very hard, as I am sure you can appreciate.
      What I would do, was to think of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemani, asking his Father, “take this cup away”, three times, but always, “not my will, but yours be done.” Mentally, I put myself in the garden with Jesus, and then the pain in my soul would go. Ot, I would think of Our Lady at the foot of the cross, looking at the tortured body of her beautiful Son, and think wonder, how did she not die from the pain SHE was feeling. And all that gave me the strength to go on.
      My son did get a job,(when he finally started praying, which he had had not been doing), and it was from a company where he had done a contract job for a maternity-leave. Almost 2 years later, he was called by them, and now he is with them permanently. God works in his own time.
      One last thing: is your son praying and receiving the sacraments? Ask him to go to an Adoration Chapel and sit with Our Lord, really and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.
      Pauline

  • bella

    I really believe you have to be very patient with having your prayers answered. It will be in God’s time, not ours. Many years ago my husband and I wanted to experience the miracle of pregnancy, delivery, and the joy of having a child. For 8 years our prayers were not answered. We did try medical assistance, but after 4 surgeries and medication we were not successful. After 5 years of waiting, a wonderful opportunity arose and we were able to adopt a beautiful 2 year girl. We were so happy with her that we stopped all fertility treatment. Imagine our surprise when she was 4 years old, I became pregnant naturally, which resulted in having another beautiful daughter. Our third daughter was born 3 years after the second, also naturally. I look back and marvel at God’s perfect timing. There was a plan all along, God’s plan. If I would have gotten pregnant easily, I would never known the joy of adoption and not have my precious daughter. She was meant to have sisters, and I was meant to experience pregnancy and birth in God’s perfect timing, not mine. My prayers were all answered in a better way I could have ever imagined. The article you wrote is so true!

    • Silvana

      Beautiful story Bella, it gives me hope. I am praying for God to bless my husband and I how he sees fit.

      • bella

        I will pray for you.

    • FL Mom

      I wish I could like this more than once! What a beautiful witness (story) you have. ?

  • Candace

    I also get frustrated sometimes when it seems like my prayers are not answered. Then I remember Jesus in His agony in the garden. His prayer wasn’t answered the way He wanted and He is God’s son. His prayers are more perfect and more powerful than ours. Yet, we all know how much better it was for us that His prayer was seemingly unanswered. It shows how much better God’s way is than ours, and how we have to trust in Him and his will.

    • Rebecca Rodriguez

      Candace, What a beautiful way to see life! You have helped me understand even more how God shows His love for us. I too think of Jesus’ trials in His agony, and I quickly convince myself that God answers our prayers because He is the only one that knows what’s best for each of His children. May we both continue to grow in His light so that we might find comfort in His will. God bless, Becky R.

    • Erin Petty

      This is just the reminder I needed!

  • dina

    I am so discouraged. Another day goes by when I see my son not having s job he is always looking and is told he is not qualified or over qualified. He is 53 living with me because he lost his house 5 yrs ago. What is wrong with us. His dignity is very low and I must say so is mine I have to admit it is very hard to pray and get close to God when this is so bad. I just feel so low

    • Debbie

      Yes, it’s really hard to pray when the problems seems to be so overwhelming. I have more unanswered prayers than answered ones. But for me, now, it’s more about finding peace and rebuilding faith as I go through the day. I pray novenas to find that peace. Usually when I feel agitated, I pray the ‘Mother Teresa Emergency Novena’.. only once 9 times in a row. I don’t really get the answers I want, sometimes, but I’m grant with peace which is more needed at the moment, all on God’s will. Try praying the 9 times novena, or the 9 hours novena.. I gradually set myself to pray the 9 days novena, to seek peace and renew my faith and relationship with God everytime I’m falling.

      • dina

        thank you for that. I will continue to pray for my peace and yours.

  • Maggie

    Please pray for my marriage. We have gone through abuse, depression and divorce. All my prayers seem to be unanswered. I am completely lost and sad. It is your will God. Please help me. Maggie

    • FL Mom

      Have you heard of Retrouvaille? It helped my parents. They say it helps with understanding your spouse and communicating with them. I don’t know if your husband would be open to trying it (mine isn’t yet) but I do know that my parents would not be still married to each other if it wasn’t for this wonderful ministry.

  • Karen

    Dear Prayer Warriors, will you continue to pray that my husband finds a job that will be fulfilling, financially generous, stable and for a company that employs good people. He has been out of work for 6 months now. We had to move in with family and he is 56 years old. He is so hardworking and has been number one in the companies he’s worked for several times. He has worked for terrible men the last three jobs so I pray there is someone out there that still displays integrity and honor in their daily lives. Thank you I am most grateful!!

  • P.

    I am a widow of 4 years and unemployed again…now for 3 months. I do not have any family support and few friends. I have a mentally challenged adult daughter I care for while trying to find employment and meet her needs. I am also in the midst of eviction with nowhere to go. I am praying with all of my might that I find income before I get evicted or I will be homeless. It has been extremely hard trying to cope with my husband’s young untimely death and all the financial concerns as well. I really do not know why my prayers have not been answered for employment.

    • FL Mom

      I will pray for your situation with you. He will not let you down! ((Hugs))

  • KAREN

    PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR A CURE FOR MACULAR DEGENERATION FOR MY HUSBAND. IT IS SUCH A DEBILITATING DISEASE AND IT ROBS YOU OF YOUR INDEPENDENCE. GOD BLESS

  • As

    Please pray for my younger son Cyrus, he is trying from one year, companies having finial interviews then nothing yapping, he prays so sincerly he close his door he talks to Lord! But still he could not get, we all praying for him. I request all of you please pray for my son to get his offer letter, as there promised him on Sunday.

  • patricia

    I have prayed for years and years crying out to God and begging for a marriage partner but no answer… I am 26 years old and basically all my prayers have been answered except getting a marriage partner.. I get lonely and angry sometimes, I have so many questions why not me but I need strength and patience from Jesus to give me the grace to wait upon him….please pray for me
    Pat

    • Brandy

      Pat-
      I am in the same struggle as you. We have to believe that God has our best interest at heart. He has a plan for our life far greater than our greatest dream. I’m learning to find appreciation in the disappointments BC it’s a reminder that it’s not over and God is not done with me yet. I’m praying for you.

  • theresia

    God will answer all your prayers in due time according to his will, patience is very important, pray through mother Mary always, your prayers will be answered sooner and you will receive the many graces of accepting will of God in your life as she did, say three hail Mary on top of your novena for the same intention

  • AA

    I have been saying multiple novenas for my husband to stop committing adultery. I have been saying all the novenas faithfully since I joined but to no avail. If God does not like divorce, then why are my prayers going unanswered. I don’t know how to proceed anymore.

    • Eileen

      AA – I share your heartbreak. I am praying now for your husband that his heart turns to God and His Holy Spirit. Come Lord Jesus into this most painful situation. We stand on your promise where two or more are gathered together and pray for a miracle here. Come break the cycle and bonds of sin and addiction in this man’s life and turn him back to the marriage covenant he made with AA. Give AA your comfort, peace and abundant grace. Speak to her in the depths of her heart where you live giving her assurance of your presence in the midst of this pain, your concern for her situation, and your leading her forward in your perfect love and protection. We pray in Jesus’ name – Amen!

  • C

    I am not saying that I don’t have an answered prayers yet but with God’s grace he will hear my prayers in his time..Yes our marriage still on a bumpy roads praying one day God will make a way for us..i marry a very violent man, with bad tempers, an alcoholic, has an addiction also watching porns, he bit me out to death before, yet many times he cheated on me, been betrayed by our closed friend whom I treated with like a sister..her husband is a best friend of my father-in-law and a friend of my husband too..I was deeply hurt by them never been believe by our friend but he call me “psycho” after seeing all their nude photos I never stopped praying asking God to keep me alive and gain more strenght..now that we move to another country I am asking Saint Therese to pray for us to God to ask him to help me and take an action and handle my husband’s life because I cannot do it no more.

    • FL Mom

      St. Rita of Cascia, pray for us!

      You are in my heart. I will pray for you. ((Hugs!))

  • Eileen

    Hi Annie – I found your site a bit ago and started joining you in praying novenas (which has never been my forte). I read your encouraging “watch for roses as a sign that St Therese is hearing your prayers!” as I was finishing the novena & in the back of my mind had the thought “those kind of things never happen to me”. On about Oct 1 or 2 I went out to get my mail. A postcard fell to the ground face down. When I picked it up and turned it over, the front was splashed full of pictures of roses! I turned it over: it was a reminder card from an online flower company to order flowers for my mother’s birthday (October 10). My mother died in 2005. I stood there looking at the card. Roses! But not only roses buy my blessed mother! My one prayer intention is over 25 years old and seemingly getting more & more unlikely to happen. The other newer intention really seems impossible from a practical point of view. But I am encouraged (and have run this by my spiritual advisor) by this sign of support from St Therese that my prayers are being heard and I believe there is no hopelessness in God. Thank you for the time you give us on these sites, thank you for your faith, and thank you for sharing it with a thirsty world.

  • Brandy

    After not dating for 5 years, due to past hurts in relationships, I was asked to go on date , through a mutual friend, by this guy. I thought with lack of success in the past this time I’d come to God to guide my decisions. So before my first date I went to morning mass. The sermon was on forgiveness and letting go of the past. As I was walking out of the service that day, greeting the priest like I always do, this time he held onto my hand and said “It’s time to let go”. I took it as a sign from God that it was time to let go of my past relationships and move forward with this new guy. Needless to say I was still guarded, but eventually my walls so falling and did my heart. I saw it as a blessing from God. However, out of no where he decided he wasn’t ready for a serious relationship and needed time. It’s been 9 months and I’m still dealing with that goodbye. I’m torn with why God would have guided me to this, what seemed perfect relationship, if he knew this is how it would end? I’ve started reading the novenas almost as soon as things ended with us. Clarity, peace, and wanting him back has been my prayer ever since. It’s been so frustrating because I know all God has to do is breathe life into this and it will come to last. Why? Why hasn’t he answered my prayers? I feel like when I decide to be brave enough to walk away something always happens that brings him back into the picture. I feel like God is asking me to be patient, but I don’t know if it’s for him or not. I want to be obedient just need to know his will for me. Please pray for me friends.

    • FL Mom

      As I was reading your post, I saw myself 20 years ago. My mom gave me a piece of good advice years ago. As much as we pray “Thy will be done” we must also pray, “Thy timing be done”. Sometimes, I wish I could go back to that young woman (25) that I was way back then and say, “Don’t despair! God is taking exquisite care of you! He has a wonderful life planned for you, a husband, children. Be happy now, and model yourself after that dear motherly person we call Our Lady. Trust Me and it will all fall into place.”

  • Bill

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  • Nancy

    Keep praying that my daughter in law depression gets less but it only gets worse and I fear it will cause them getting a divorce.
    I lose faith because I hate my job and I want a new job.
    I really hate my life and this is making me very very depressed.
    I completely lost my faith.

  • Hellen

    Keep praying that God may give me a husband

  • Agba Uchenna Linus

    I keep praying that I get a job real soon. I graduated from school last summer and ever since has been praying to God for a job. I believe in His promises and also believe that He alone can make it happen for me cos He is my sole provider. I also pray that I get close to God and profess my faith in words and actions. I also pray for my friend who has stopped believing in the faith she once professed. Thank you , you all wonderful people for praying with me.

    • Aff

      Please pray to st Joseph. I prayed for a job for the last 18mths, and made a promise to visit his shrine when I get the job before I start. I am not the most patient of people. I had been for over 50 jobs with heartbreaking results.

      The last job I went to, it was unfortunately given to an internal person. So I went to the chapel, but t his time told Saint Joseph how upset I am, but if it is the will of The Lord, may I remain in my current job, but he must give me his grace to do my job as a good christian. And wao betide, 47 hours later I get a job that pays me three times my current salary. I went or say as promised thank you to saint Joseph in the one and only Mount Royal in Canada. A place of hope, peace and joy. So please please do not give up. Hold on as the BEST is yet to come.

      Have a blessed and hopeful Christmas

      Aff

  • Standingnomatterwhat Childs

    Even though my prayer intentions wasn’t answered but it will not stop me from praying it’s hard at times when the clouds are dark but we have to keep pushing until something happens!

  • L.F.

    Prayers never go unanswered. All that we ask of God is always answered in His good time not ours. Our God is a good and loving father and just the way we give our children things that are appropriate at their age so does God our Loving Father. Sometimes our prayers are not answered and later on we realize that those unanswered prayers were God’s Blessings in disguise.
    Thank you Father in Heaven for crossing our paths with people like John-Paul and Annie. Bless them always. Amen

    Thank you for your prayers

  • BJ

    I have prayed for 40 years that the man I fell in love and married with would become a Catholic. When I met him I knew he was agnostic, but believed he would see my faith and convert. I prayed often for his conversion over 40 years of marriage. What I said and what I did had NO effect. Sometimes I wondered if we leave this world still disconnected in our faith lives. I wondered did God even hear my prayers. Then, we rescued a dog at the suggestion of our daughter after our children were grown and on their own. God spoke to my husband through his walks in nature in the early morning with our new little dog. My husband began to see nature in a way that could not be by accident. I do believe as the saying goes, God meets you where you are at. After 40 years, my prayers were answered. I am so happy to say that my husband entered the Church at Easter in 2013. Never give up.

    • Lacey

      Your story brings tears to my eyes. I’m so happy to read that your husband joined the Church. God bless you both!

  • lisa

    I have been praying for the right man to come into my life off and on for many years now. It makes it hard to have faith and patience, when some of your friends are married for close to 18 yrs and have children of their own. As well as my twin sister, who has been married 14 yrs and has two beautiful daughters. I know I had made a terrible mistake 14 yrs ago with man whom I thought loved me, but it turned out that he only used me. I feel like I am being punished for that mistake and that is why I haven’t found a decent man. At a time there was a man who I work with who is a Catholic and is kind and sweet that seemed to be interested in me, but unfortunately he is divorced. I thought why would God bring someone into my life when he is divorced, he knows that my parents won’t approve and that it would be an adultery. They told me this and said that if I would get involved with him that they would disown me; I understand where they are coming from. My parents have told me that I deserve better with someone who isn’t divorce and children out of wedlock and that God has something wonderful planned for me. But I can’t help and wonder has God forgotten about me, is there something wrong with me, or am I not good enough for anyone to spend there life with, regardlessof what my parents have said. I’ll be 40 in January and I understand and have accepted if he doesn’t have children in his plans for me. It is just so hard to accept that God doesn’t have marriage in the future for me, I just don’t understand why this is.

    • David

      God doesn’t punish people for making mistakes. These types of thoughts are from the evil one. Ditto for feeling worthless. You are a daughter of the Most High God and an heir to His Heavenly Kingdom. When He looks at you He KNOWS you and LOVES you. And he NEVER STOPS looking at you.

    • Claudette

      Hi Lisa you are a mature adult God has a glorious plan for all of us never give up praying for your hearts desire God said that man should not live alone marriage is your birthright. I feel compelled to tell you that your time has come to let God arise and let your parents know that it’s ultimately gods decision who you marry not theirs. God will soften them when you are happy trust the almighty pray for their eyes to be open. God is in control even if he is divorced it doesn’t matter he can still contribute to a wholesome relationship. What if you was the divorced. Would you want to live a life of solitude?

      • Mike

        well considering its immoral to marry a divorced person. Than God would not want her to start a relationship with him. God can allow loneliness so we can draw closer to him. although its very hard.

    • Rosemaid

      This gentleman is divorced. The question could be asked does he have an annulment and/or can he obtain one? Also if Jesus forgave your “terrible mistake” during “Reconciliation” it is time you forgive yourself. You are the daughter of the King, when you start having negative thoughts just say, Jesus I trust in you.

    • CeeCee

      I can identify completely with this story cos it pretty much summarizes my own experience! I’m 31 tho but all my friends are married wt kids! Even my younger siblings are married! That’s basically my prayer intention each time there’s a novena but no answer in sight! It’s just sad!

  • ann

    I need prayers for my daughter. I have been praying for her health for over a year..I’m exhausted and on the verge of depression…i ve never hurt so much..please help

    • Suzie Dreher Bieker

      Prayers for your daughter in Jesus name

  • Dina Kalmanovitch

    I have been saying Novena’s with you now for several years and it is a delight to have them come into my inbox. Keeps me on track. I have not asked for prayer until now. My friend in UK has a 22 month old grandson who is battling cancer. He has just completed the first round of Chemo with so much more to go plus a bone marrow transplant….he is so sweet and so precious. If I could ask you to add Drew Becker to your prayers as Miracles can happen when we all pray and all believe…I have reached out to several wonderful prayer groups and I know that PrayMoreNovena’s is such a wonderful site. thank you….

  • SMV

    I wanted to let you know that I completed the St. Peregrine Novena for a family member who was going through radiation after having surgery and chemo for bladder and prostate cancer. I just found out that his scan was clear! Thank you St. Peregrine for your intercession and thank you Lord Jesus for answering my prayer. You are glorified in your Saints! Praise God!

    • Suzie Dreher Bieker

      Praise the Lord

      • Alexandra

        I am starting this prayer today… I have complete faith that my God will come through for me.

  • Anika

    I am praying for my two sons to get employment and to find the right path in thier life.They have been witout employment for a long time. It is hard somtimes, because I don,t see anything happening, but I will not give up praying.

  • David

    Sometimes I think my prayers are not answered because they’re not whole-hearted. I’ve been praying for reconciliation in my relationship so that we can be married in The Church. But sometimes I find myself wishing that I could just start over, find a nice girl at church and do it all the way Catholic this time. I pray that God take away those desires and that I may love her the way God loves her. I make an effort even when I don’t feel it and I pray for grace but in my heart I am divided. I do pray that not my will but His be done.

    • VictorMarieHugo

      I hope you don’t, at least not for that reason; I have seen acquaintances break up with one girl after another (including one nice girl from church after another) because every single one is not right for some reason. There’s always going to be that temptation to walk away, because starting over with a new person means a fresh slate, a new exciting person to get to know. But eventually you grow up, you mature, and you decide where you really need to be in life and with whom; otherwise you will never move forward and really be able to start your life with someone. Prayer should help make your relationships clearer, but it will probably take a while…

  • Debbie

    I have been praying for my son to change his ways he has four children and now living with me I pray he can be a good father and they will be a family again. And my anxiety go s away it’s so bad and now my dad has died and my mom is so depressed things keep just getting worse a and I keep praying I pray for answers .

  • SMM

    I am praying for my Stephen to return to me. I want to make him happy like he used to be with me. In God’s light, we should be happily married raising our kids together as a family. Please God answere my prayers and my broken heart?

  • TZ

    My husband left 6 mo ago for PA and I’m still in TN until the end of the school year. I am praying for our TN home to sell so we can move forward it hour lives in PA.

  • Catie Hudson

    I am numb now. ..my last 7 or 8 novenas were never answered…but I never expected it…I just have so much trust and hope in the lord that I felt in my heart he would not let me down bcuz I have a little baby girl named Heaven and a son.im a strong devoted catholic and I again gave it my all with the divine mercy novena this last time.now ive cryed for so long I have become numb and I have not much hope yet.it makes me feel like hes not gearing my pain from my heart and seeing it on a daily basis which I know he does.anyways I will always pray but my hope is shattered and maybe its just im starting 2 feel lost.Maria

    • Marysia Miciak

      I’m with you….I have been homeless for nearly 14 years now….I pray constantly that God will deliver me and I might have a home of my own! I will be 60 on April 27th! I am numb….I have prayed novena, after novena and nothing! I just can’t pray anymore…..

      • Vk

        Guys don’t give up please lets all pray for each other I’m a student and all my grades are good but don’t know what happened to me lately can’t study anymore school almost over and I’m failing and I’m living with a broken heart so let’s pray for each other please. God loves all his children and we are all his children so in Jesus name we ask to be more strong in our faith that’s the first thing we need and then trust when we pray. I am praying

        • Marysia Miciak

          VK…you say “let’s pray for each other”….why? Obviously my prayers are WORTHLESS! So what good would my praying for you do? I feel that I am living the definition of stupid—-doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result!

          • Vk

            Nothing worthless God answer someones prayer for you sometimes and if you want to get what you want ask God about it for others first then for yourself and you will get it. I pray for you that you will get what you want in jesus name & remember God timing is perfect

        • Catie Hudson

          U are really kind..thanks and god bless you.the only reason I keep going is for my 18month daughter named Heaven and my son john paul who is 17.I just need a miracle and the more times goes by the more im numb bcuz I cant see the light as much bcuz it seems like its getting darker and I go to church and confession once a week and pray the rosary and pray novenas to St.theresa and blessed mother and the divine mercy..but its not getting better and I dont know why.Ever since my financial aituation changed about 6months ago its been worse.i thought family was supposed to b there 4 u but I was definitely wrong.i am a devoted catholic and have been for at least 4years daily.i just dont get it.i get scared alot especially when I dont have anyone to talk to.it gets overwhelming but I stick it out and I will until I collapse than I have given all I have and the lord jesus knows himself.i trust when I pray…its just when the next morning comes its the same way.i hope everyone gets their prayers answered.xo

          • Vk

            I pray for you that you will get what you want in jesus name amen

  • Sandra Naidoo

    Hi please pray for me, in the sweet name of JESUS, please pray for me today my new home loan application will be approved, I want to buy a house and please pray that the Bank FNB approves my home loan application, please pray for me, The bank need to grant and approve my home loan, please pray for in the name of JESUS. Father in the name of JESUS please pray for me. Amen thank you Sandra Naidoo (PS Naidoo)

  • Abba Father

    Please pray that my non-catholic husband opens his heart and accepts and receives Jesus willingly. We have two children who has not allowed to get baptized and received the sacraments of my Catholic faith. As much as I believe in the power of prayer, I am feeling totally broken these days. Please please all pray that my husband will see and understand why it means so much to me and will come around to allowing our kids (who know something is not right when it comes to religion) to be baptized.

  • In a Crisis

    Thank you for the post, however, it’s not the answer to the problems I am facing, and I need a logical explanation about it. How can a God honestly allow bad things to happen to people who pray to Him yet makes them wait? So you mean God asks that you have the faith even when you’re at a point of depression, hunger and poverty?What about those who are asking for financial aid so that they can help their family? It’s so easy to say “Trust in God’, try that when you’re at the brink of poverty, and depression. I’m in a crisis now, I am torn between being a good Catholic and becoming an atheist.

    • Tanya Ortiz

      I’m right there with you. I’ve been through a couple of really bad experiences in my life that I must admit, have shaken my faith in ways I never felt before. I spent many years without a steady job/income. I had to pay for student loans and rely on my family for that. Was God’s will to keep me unemployed for so long? He has now blessed me with a really good job, but I have this feeling that something’s going to go wrong, sooner than later. I also lost the man I’ve loved the most because of porn addiction on his side. I supported him, I prayed for him, I sacrificed myself for him and I lost him in the end! Now I’m dealing with betrayal trauma and I wonder if I’ll ever get married. So many men are ruined by porn, even good guys and with all the pain I’m dealing with, I have no time or energy to explain any man how to love me and how to protect me from himself. Matt Fradd, a well known catholic apologist and speaker of porn addiction awareness posted an article that basically said that there’s no guarantee that we’ll find our match due to the crisis in authentic masculinity caused by porn. So, that means that even if I try to do good, try to do God’s will, I still may not find a good man to marry. What’s the point then? What about the Bible verses of “Seek and you shall find”? I’m really at a loss right now, and I wish I could talk about this with someone with experience because I’ve noticed that I no longer believe in those messages of “Trust in the time of the Lord, He’ll give you what you need in His time”. There are no guarantees, and that makes me wonder if God truly does grant us the deepest desires of our hearts. Why make me go through this incredible heartache that has changed me forever and made me so affraid of letting someone in and also of never seeing again my former boyfriend? What did all the prayers do? He’s still struggling, he hasn’t made significant progress in more than 2 years even though he says he cares! And according to the Barna study about christian men’s porn use, around 71% of christian men watch porn on a regular basis, leaders included. What am I supossed to do then? Should I hope that I will find a man that’s right for me when most of them are ruined in the head to be husband material? I don’t want a lifetime of what I lived in the past 2 years, looking over my shoulder and feeling that the man I love has never been faithful to me. Please, if you read this, please reply. I’m at a loss right now and I feel nothing like myself anymore.

      • Susan

        Dear Tanya, Maybe God has a better plan for you. Maybe you should try to let go of what you want in life and just try to submit your will to God’s will. I know that’s very hard to do but sometimes that is what God is requiring of us. Sometimes we have to let go completely of all that we think we need and just let God decide what is right for us. If we do that it can bring us the peace we seek and answers to our prayers that will sometimes amaze us and make us realize that God’s will is so superior to our will. May the peace of Christ be yours today and everyday!

      • juds

        How are you now Tanya, am praying that you have found the true path, the right path, just continue praying, and let God lead you, you will never go wrong- belive in the Saying TRUST IN THE LORD FIR WITH HIM NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
        God Bless!

  • Stanford

    Praise the Lord.

    I have been waiting for my Visa for the past 3 and half months now and been praying continuously everyday for the same. Whenever, I get an update about my visa there is some delay or obstacle that is causing it to get further postponed. However, by the grace of Abba Father, he has sent me a guardian angel to answer my prayers. two days ago I received a call from my new HR & Admin Manager who has joined the company who told me that he is re-applying my visa again ans assured me that within 2 weeks maximum, he will have my Visa sent to me. The Lord in in the process of answering my prayers, however, even with all these delays and obstacles I have not forgotten him, I pray everyday and make it a point to pray with my family the Holy Rosary. I believe everything has a time to fall correctly. This delay has a purpose and yes a good purpose I must say. Although, my prayers and petitions have yet not been answered, my faith in the Lord has increased seventy times seven, this has happened never before in my life that I trust in the Lord so much. I know in my heart that receiving my Visa is just round the corner. As the bible says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future”.

    Praise the Lord. And thank you for everything you have done for me and my family. Thank you for blessing me and my family with the best in life. Thank you for your abundant blessings. Thank you for blessing me and my family seventy times seven.

  • Janice

    Please help us pray..we are in bad debt now..i dont know how to settle and pay for it..i am so stressed and honestly having always a bleeding..
    Lord God, I know it is my fault and I am very sorry for what happened to our situation now.i dont wanty kids to suffer nor my husband..please give me an instrument to solve our problems..we will not be able to renew our house contract on this building by next year because we can no longer afford the two bedroom flat..
    I want to sleep early and have peace of mind but then everyday i am bothered due to our financial problems. I made a wrong decision in changing my job..i think i failed as a ofw.
    Please hear my prayers oh God..please help me..In Jesus Name.amen

  • Rohan Lopez

    Please help me with finance and and get my girlfriend back to me and contact me urgently as i am lost without her and cant take the emptiness.

  • Cynthia K

    Please pray for me.it’s like i.am losing faith. I have tried everything from trying to sell clothes on line to.going to schoolnto no avail. I cannot keep money in my hands not to say i am.not trying. I feel as though there is a blockage in me prospering for some reason. Everything I attempt to do to succeed turns to dry salt. I am walking in the right path,but it is like i am.being punished for nothing. What else can I do prayer is not helping me become a successor a provider for myself and my family. This is a very sad situation for me I don’t kmow what else to.do i am.trying and have asked God to show me directions as least in my dreams but nothing..

    • gaeliclass

      never give into despair or hopelessness as that is where the evil one wants to bring all of us….

      Know that Jesus is always with you … and Jesus on the Cross.. and today is the glorious Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross…when Christ through His incredible Sacrifice opened Heaven for us… so that we could go home one day.

      Look at Him.. and love Him… and go forward… and take one moment at a time in Faith as the Saints have told us…

      There has to be a local parish network??? If not search one out in your area.

      If we are christians at all the least we can do is help one another when it seems all is against us…

      Courage Jesus said ‘I have overcome the world’

      I will pray for you..!!

  • Kc

    I relate to what you’re going thru .. Most times I feel the very same way . And that’s not a great feeling . Sometimes I feel hope less and I’ve done all I cAn , all that. Needs to be done where praying is concerned ,, .. You’re not alone

  • mc

    I feel the same way. i keep praying to recover my financial loss due to my mistake in believing people. Now I feel it better not to trust and believe in people again. I have been praying, but it seems that there is no hope.

  • Mary Dunn

    Please pray for me I have been unemployed since February and my unemployment will run out in a few weeks. I have interviewed for a great job, please pray that I get it. It’s with a great medical group close to home and for more money. Thank you and God bless you

  • Rita Kh

    Pray for me and for samer we are separated since May, i miss him and i can’t live without him, i tried everything I prayed a lot but none is working… I need your prayers ??? thanks ❤️

  • AF

    Please pray that God heals me of all my pain. If I am healthy, I can do anything. Please dear Lord make me feel normal and healthy again so I can be the wife, mother, sister, daughter, & friend that I used to be.

  • nina

    Please pray that we find a home and jobs…we just moved to help our elderly parents…..AMEN…JMJ

  • MARTHA CHRISTENSEN

    I AM JUST WAITING FOR MY PRAYERS TO BE ANSWERED WITH A HAPPY MARRIAGE AND PEACE IN OUR FAMILY . PLEASE LORD HEAR AND ANSWER MY PRAYERS ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL .

  • gaeliclass

    please pray with me for our meeting re our handicapped sister on friday…It is essential that the govt bureaucrats do not reject our plan and funding needed to give our beautiful sister the care she needs until she leaves this world…

    Thank you..
    Trusting in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

  • Kathleen

    Please prayer for my sister who was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor in May. She is warm kind loving and is so special to all of us. I ask our Lord to rid her of this insidious cancer and bring her back to us.

  • aloha girl

    Please pray for my son, to become employed and lifted from his despair and depression. God bless him and guide him and keep him safe.

  • Prisca

    I’m seriously praying for a life partner, that God will take away all forms of disappointments and bring my life partner closer to me wherever he may be. I also pray for success in my pursuit for an oversea job. Let the Lord intercede for me and answer my prayers.

  • Diane

    For my sister, Rosie whose breast cancer came back after 7 years. For my son’s to come back to the Catholic church.

  • nan

    For my son, who is trying to buy a house. He is hoping to make settlement Spt. 23, this year.
    That he and his wife will not divorce. That their marriage will be saved. That he and his wife and son will live together in their own home. Have a happy normal life and marriage. Please I beg you, Lord, Mary and all the saints of the impossible and desperate causes.

  • AJ

    Please pray for me that I may receive some kind of financial help so that i do not lose my house, as i am 3 months behind. I pray that somone buys the car that i have put so much money into that is broken down again. Thank you God my Holy father and my Blessed Mother Mary for prayers answered

  • J K

    As i write this, am feeling like i have come to the end. I am suffering a broken marriage, i have lost my job, i lost my car to the auctioneers, i have been evicted from my rental house, iam heavily in debt. My aging mother has no one to rely on despite being in a challenging state of health. To say it all am at my worst. Please pray for me so that i may get peace, joy and happiness as i go through this most difficult times of my life and at least i get i source of income so as to sustain myself and my mother.

    JK

    • Dolly

      Jk, God has heard your cry. Your dawn is about to break, for remember the devil attacks when our miracle is near. Keep faith alive.

      • Marysia Miciak

        Dolly, “God” has not heard anything! Believe me with the exception of the broken marriage I am going through the same thing…I have been homeless for 14 years! I lost my job and my prospects are VERY DIM (I’m 60—so who wants to hire me?!) It’s hard to “keep faith alive” when there is no relief—-pray and pray and pray as you might!

        • MG

          Marysia – If you feel God has not heard your prayers, then ask Him what His desires ae for you. I am in the same boat as you. I went through a horrible divorce. I had to take any job I could to put food on the table and a roof over my children’s heads I loss job after job because I suffered from PTSD due to the emotional and verbal abuse I endured first from my mother and then from my former husband, I also loss my home but I didn’t give up, I am almost 60 years old too, have no money for retirement and none in reserve. But I trust in God. He knows my needs and provides for me. Those provisions may not be in the “style” I was once accustom to, but my former lifestyle was not focused on building a relationship with Jesus as it is now.

          Do not focus on what you don’t have, Focus on the things you do have and praise God for those things. Start your prayers by saying, “Thank you Jesus for…then tell Him what you are thankful for. End your prayers with, “Thank you Jesus for listening to me.”

          I have no idea if you will ever read this but know all of us have crosses to bare. If we live in fear, as Satan would like us too, we can’t move forward. We remained stuck in one spot forever. Tell Jesus that your current situation is more than you can handle. Tell Him that you are giving your problem to Him to take of and then do it. Leave it in His hands and stop thinking about the problem. Rest in His peace and let Him take over. You might be surprised to see what will happen.

          • Marysia Miciak

            Well, GM….how damn many YEARS am I supposed to ask Him, just what He wants for me? Obviously this do-nothing God doesn’t want anything for me!
            Oh, yeah sure—“Don’t focus on what you don’t have. Focus on the things you do have and praise God for those things!” Okay, I’ll do that—Oh, thank you God so much for the rusted, needing new tires BICYCLE I have! Wow, thanks! Thanks so much for the hand-me-down rags I have to wear! Thank you so much that I am HOMELESS and staying with a childhood friend, who with her husband makes me feel so unwelcome and uncomfortable that I wish every morning that I had a gun and I could shoot myself in the neck and be done with living! Thank you for my friend, who had her miserable husband take my two cats to who knows where, and did who knows what with them! Thank you so much that I had abusive parents and all I have in this world to love and accept me are my cats! Oh, thank you! Thank you that my friend’s husband talks about how he is going to take the kittens my cat had to the flea market and give them away for alligator bait and snake food! Oh, thank you! Thank you! Thank you that I have no home….thank you that I have no place to knit and sew and do for the children of Camp Boggy Creek….Thank you so much for Maggie Quire—the woman in Miramar, Florida who said I could store my possessions in her yard and then RIFLED THROUGH EVERYTHING AND SOLD WHAT SHE DIDN’T KEEP AT THE FLEA MARKET! Oh, thank you God! Thank you so very much! Thank you for the way Maggie lied to me….thank you! Thank you for filling my heart with the desire to help my fellow man and then not letting me have a place to knit or sew or do any thing to benefit my fellow man! Thanks! Thank you for allowing me to be HOMELESS FOR 15 YEARS! Oh, thank you! Thank you for not giving me what I need! Is that thanks enough! Or let me say, thank you so much for being a deceitful LIAR—“Ask any ye shall receive. Seek and ye shall find! Knock and it shall be opened unto thee! Thank you! Thank you! You LIAR!
            Yeah, yeah….”we all have crosses to bare “…..so enough of your platitudes! “Rest in His peace and let Him take over”…..”You might be surprised to see what will happen.” Nothing! That’s what is going to happen—nothing! So, take your platitudes and your God and just go——-

      • MG

        Good for your Dolly! Satan wants us to give up and turn our backs on Jesus.

        JK, I can feel your pain. I, too, have gone through a lifetime of pain and attack. When someone is close to God or God loves them so much, be prepared to be under attack by Satan. Unite your suffering with Jesus on the cross. Answers to prayers can come in usual ways. One must be very attentive to what is going on around them to see how their prayers are being answered. Here is an example of a prayer was answered for me.

        I loved my mother very much, but she did not love me. She had been verbally and emotionally abusive to me all of my life. Yet, her behavior towards me, did not stop me from loving her. When mom became sick with cancer, I became her caregiver. She died two years ago. Around Christmas 2016, I was feeling lonely and was really missing having a mother.

        One day I was talking (praying) to God about how sad I was, and how much I wished I had a mother. Shortly after I had my talk with God, I was at work ( I work in retail) helping an elderly lady with some Christmas lights. We did not have the kind of lights she was looking for. She was discouraged by this information. She explained to me that her children and grandchildren were coming in town to spend Christmas with her. She had been running around town all day trying to find these lights. As a result, she was worn out and felt a cold developing. As we talked, I found out that she was a Catholic as I was. She told me that she sensed a sadness about me. She gave me her phone number and told me to call her whenever I needed to talk to someone. A couple of days later, I felt the need to call her, so I did. We arranged a time to meet. When we got together, we found that our lives had an uncanny parallelism to them. We had experienced similar life events and had the same interests. We quickly began a friendship. I feel as though I have known her my entire life. She has become the mother I have always wanted. God sent her to me. He heard my prayer and answer. Sometimes prayers are answered in small, unusual ways.

  • Ana

    Hi, i would like to ask for your prayers for financial blessings, that i will get my show money and have my medical loan renewed and re-availed, for the sale of my condo this year at the best price and with the best buyer, for my boss and parents’ good health, for project neo’s recap this year and for my successful egg harvest and IVF and my safe and healthy pregnancy and for a healthy normal baby…thank you. From ana e

  • portia

    Please pray for my son and I. I have been going through this with him from the day he was born I understand recently that his grandmother sold his life to the devil. He is an alcoholic at this time from small he have been going changes from one extreme to the next. He cannot stay focus, never finish high school started a program at a technical school for thousands of dollars he walked away and never completed that program also. so today he is in debt. with school loans he is now 35 yrs. lives at home and walk the streets drunk very embarrassing. Right now I am going through some financial distress because I recently lost my husband. Please pray for me and my family.

  • gol

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    Please pray for my husband who has been out of work for over 2 years now. I have been praying all this time that he finds something stable, but it seems like a hopeless case. He is 59 and although he has had some offers nothing has worked out for him. He needs a miracle and I will keep on praying but sometimes I feel that nobody is listening to me. I would like him to change his attitude towards his children also. I pray that my children will forgive whatever he has done to offend them and accept him for who he is. I pray that my children will turn back to praying and going to church. I pray for good health for my family.

  • Diana

    Please pray for my son who has been going through a hard time for some time now. I have been praying for his sobriety and for him to finish college so that he can feel good about himself and want to do better. I am also praying for the conversion of my 3 sons so that they can turn their lives over to God. Another intention I have is that my fiancé and I can be able to work things out and that things will get back to the way they were before. We were very involved with the church and a very close couple. Please help me pray that we can rekindle our relationship. All of this I ask in THE NAME OF GOD! JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU!

  • Katie

    So, my heart was utterly broken reading this article, and I hope you’re wrong. All I’ve ever prayed about was to find my true love, get married, and (hopefully) have children. I prayed to St. Jude and to St. Joseph (both novenas), and then to Mary and St. Raphael, in addition to decades of praying to God. And…….nothing. Nothing. I refuse to believe that God is trying to tell me that I should’ve find love. It is the STRONGEST desire in my heart. I’m 42 (a woman), and I’ve accepted the fact that I might not have children. I still pray that it might happen. My heart is broken by this article. I just started crying at my desk at work. I HOPE you’re wrong. Because if you’re right, then I don’t want to belive in God anymore.

    • Marysia Miciak

      Katie, I am so sorry that your prayers have not been answered…I just can’t understand why “God” would not grant you such a lovely request! Like you I have been praying and praying AND NOTHING HAS HAPPENED! I have been homeless for 14 years now and I am no closer to getting my own home today than I was 14 years ago. I lost my job 4 years ago (after 8 years)…. It’s so easy for people like Annie and her husband (who have homes/cars/jobs/families) to write articles that “Oh, if your prayers aren’t answered, just keep on praying and you will grow closer to Him!” Is that a fact?! Like you Katie—-I don’t want to believe in “God” anymore! I don’t feel closer to “God”….I feel ignored and alone.

      • Ana McK

        Yes, and how the line about changing your prayer? Change it to what? Especially if you are praying for the basics like a job and a roof over your head.

    • Lianne Chua

      Katie, I pray and hope that God grants you your request, and I’ll keep you in my prayers too. I believe God works in His time which sometimes seems really long (and the wait is excruciatingly, horribly, painfully awful) for us but when it does come, I guess it’s something truly good and meant for us and still, we treasure it even more. My own sibling found her spouse after praying a lot for a long long time- someone she hadn’t seen for 20 years. Someone I loved dearly left me a while back, leaving me devastated in a way I never thought possible, which led me to daily mass, more prayer, and a support group with people in worse predicaments, who I try to pray for. I’ve prayed day and night for reconciliation and forgiveness for my situation (maybe not even the restoration of the broken relationship yet, just a kind word or normal conversation) but nothing. I prayed for friends (who found love or got their lives sorted out) seems like my prayers for them were answered but I don’t know about mine… The thought that God might not answer a prayer such as yours is devastating but I guess there’s always hope that He will, in His time; or bring you some comfort at least. I get nice dreams sometimes, then I wake up and ask God, so is this some way of comforting me, or all a figment of my imagination? Till now I don’t know, but still hoping I’ll find out in time to come- I do think you’ll still be able to have children, a friend’s mother got married at 45 to a gynaecologist, and had her daughter when she was nearly 50 years old. Don’t lose faith, stay strong and fervent in your prayers, and hope they’ll be answered soon 🙂

    • Alexandra

      the more desperate and fixated you are about getting married, and starting a family,,, the more it won’t happen. Live your life and you’ll be surprised that it will happen when you least expect it

    • Aenlie

      Hi Katie just keep praying, more closer to God and have faith with him. Your prayers will give you in a perfect time.

    • Ana McK

      Katie, I started praying for a husband at age 20. Finally at 32 I rushed into a marriage with a guy that in my heart I knew wasn’t right for me but I married him ( a big irresponsible self centered jerk) anyway. 6 years later I was divorced with 2 kids. Alone and struggling financially. I thank God for my children. On the other hand I know a woman that even though she desperately wanted to get married she just was patient and had faith, wouldn;t rush into anything, and finally got married at the age of 43 ( to a guy 9 years younger) had twins two years later and is living that happily ever after thing. Also, don’t forget adoption. I have biological children but I can tell you that giving birth isn’t what makes you a mother it;s all the stuff that comes as the children grow. I can’t address the God thing right now as I am having my own issues, but it’s never too late to find someone. Maybe you will find someone that will provide built in grand children, Don;t stop looking.

  • Doug

    Thank you for this discussion. I have been actively seeking employment for 3.5 years sine being let go from a career of 17 years, and praying these almost weekly novenas for God to direct me to the right career. I often feel not that God has let my prayers go unanswered rather He has answered and the answer is no. I continue to pray and not only for me but my wife and 4 young children as we spiral in to financial debt. Keeping the faith and being a practicing Catholic is difficult, but we struggle on and I hope someday to look back and say how I overcame this long lasting adversity. But until then I ask for your prayers for my family and I..

    • Ana McK

      3.5 years and that was 6 months ago. I really hope that you have found something bu now. I’m losing hope and it’s only been 6 months. Starting another novena but I think it’s my last one, I will be thinking about all the long term unemployed and those with financial hardships as I say it. Again, hope things have turned around for you.

  • Pam

    All I asked was for my daughter to be kept safe while at college. She was raped Friday night by an animal who took everything from her. Your god is dead to me.

  • Diane

    Hello…I have been praying to God for almost a year to help me get out of my depression and anxiety…I feel like he has left me and is not there….I am on disability…can’t get a job until I am feeling much better..so tired of the crying all the time and having no appetite…I want to be better emotionally so my son can have respect for me because all he sees is a mother who can’t seem to get herself together…I have been on so many meds with too many side effects…All I want is for God to heal me….so I can go on with my life…

    • Heart broken

      Live life to the fullest, while your not able to work. I will pray for you, don’t give up God is there with you feeling your pain. Be patient and try and get out more with family and friends, it’s your time to relax now and not work maybe. God bless you!!

  • Helen

    May the problems of Ross be fixed. I pray

  • Broken heart

    I pray that my ex will realize to come back to our family, he’s been seeing me 1 or 2 times a week for the past 6 years. Please pray for him to come back for good. men

    • Nicole

      INFANT OF PRAGUE NOVENA PRAYER

      O Jesus, Who has said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened,” through the intercession of Mary, Your Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted.
      (Make your request)
      O Jesus, Who has said, “All that you ask of the Father in My Name, He will grant you,” through the intercession of Mary Your Most Holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask your Father in your name that my prayer will be granted.

      (Make your request)
      O Jesus, Who has said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away but My word shall not pass away,” through the intercession of Mary Your Most Holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted.

      (Make your request)
      PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

      Divine Infant Jesus, I know You love me and would never leave me. I thank You for Your close Presence in my life.

      Miraculous Infant, I believe in Your promise of peace, blessings, and freedom from want. I place every need and care in Your hands.

      Lord Jesus, may I always trust in Your generous mercy and love. I want to honor and praise You, now and forever. Amen.

      Thank you for prayers always answered past present and future you are truly miraculous.
      Thank you I am so Grateful for your blessings.

    • Nicole

      I too am broken hearted I will continue to Pray for you.

  • Davie

    11years down the line of Prayers and nothing comes positive to what I Pray….I have to say am a human, and am tired of Praying.. To those that get Answers well and good,and as for me, it time to live live of believing that there is Only One God, the created, who can do anything to me… Job was there but he emerged as a winner…. So to me Prayers is passed me. I will bow have to wait for Him to come to our way, (me and my family) we are in deep shit, (sorry to use that language) but in 11yrs,am sure anyone would use those kind of terms. I wish everyone else happiness. Cheers.

  • Diane

    I have to say I have been praying so intently for so long…saying the rosary…going to mass…..I don’t feel like God is even with me at all! I go to a study group with women and they all keep saying..”OH I just love Jesus..I can feel him all around…”…that they have been saved….well I am still waiting on that….I don’t know how much more I can pray for me and especially my son…his situation has gotten so bad…I dont think he will be able to finish college…

  • Jay

    I have come to the conclusion that God has not willed me to marry. After 5 years, a dozen of novenas and even 52 days of praying the Rosary, I have not had a single date since I ended my 2 year relationship with my ex, which by the way, was because I was Catholic. My ex gave me an ultimatum. Leave my Catholic faith and marry him or we don’t marry. After praying God answered with a very clear answer. I will never leave my faith or my church for a man or marriage. But since then, things have taken a nosedive. I have had several friends try to hook me up but none of the men made it to even a phone call. I am 34, attractive, well educated and have my own business. I feel God has always been there for me and I have always credit him for all that I have and even remind myself that He has saved me from two men that would have lead to horrible marriages and possibly divorces. I feel the Lord has been so good to me that I must suffer at some point in my life and the suffering has arrived. Loneliness is a suffering that many people deal with. Having unanswered prayers and desires can be a heavy blow to ones ego and faith. So in order to protect my faith and relationship with God, I have been trying to let go of the desire of marriage and motherhood. It is the only way I can think to do that won’t allow me to lose faith. I still hope to one day get married and become a mother but, I will not let this control my life. I have a good life that God has provided for me, even if he’s been telling me for the pass 5 years marriage won’t happen for me.

    • Martha Christensen

      WELL IS THIS HOMOSEXUAL RELATIONSHIP ?????? IF SO IT IS WRONG IN ANY FAITH . WHY LEAVE THE CATHOLIC FAITH . ANY FAITH HOMOSEXUALITY IS WRONG AND IT IS A SIN NO MATTER WHAT CHURCH YOU GO TO . SO YOU TELL YOUR EX TO LOOK THIS UP IN ANY BIBLE . FIRST THING YOU NEED TO DO IS GO FOR SPIRITUAL CONSULTING TO A PRIEST SINCE YOU ARE CATHOLIC. PUSH YOUR EX ON THE SIDE FOREVER ! GOD CAN HELP YOU THROUGH THIS TO TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND . PRAY AND SEEK THE HELP YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE !

      • Martha Christensen

        AFTER I READ THIS I AM NOT SURE IF YOU ARE A MALE OR FEMALE . I NEVER HEARD A LADY NAME JAY SO IT THROWS ME . IF YOU ARE A WOMAN AND WANT TO MARRY A MAN AND LIVE AS HUSBAND AND WIFE AS A MARRIED COUPLE DO NOT LOOSE HOPE AND CONTINUE TO HAVE FAITH . KEEP YOUR VIRGINITY TILL YOU ARE MARRIED IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE WHEM YOU LOOKING FOR MR. RIGHT ! I DID !BLESSED VIRGIN MARY AND HER MOTHER ST. ANNE HAVE HELPED MANY MANY PEOPLE FIND THE RIGHT HUSBAND AND THE HUSBAND TO FIND THE RIGHT WIFE. DO NOT GIVE UP PRAYING. JUST TRY PRAYING IN A DIFFERENT MANOR. ASK THEM TO HELP LEAD YOU TO THE RIGHT MAN AND HELP YOU KNOW WHEN HE IS MR. RIGHT BEFORE THE RELATIONSHIP GOES TO FAR INTO IT . ALSO ST. JOSEPH IS A VERY POWER SAINT TO PRAY FOR FINDING THE RIGHT SPOUSE . TRY THIS AND SEE WHERE IT MIGHT GET YOU . ALSO OFFER THE DIVING CHAPLET OF MERCY UP EVERY DAY FOR THE LOST SOULS IN PERGORTORY AND DOING THIS HAS HELPED ME IN MANY ISSUES OF MY 43 YEARS OF MARRIAGE TO THE SAME MAN . THIS IS S VERY POWERFUL WAY OF PRAYING JUST AS THE ROSARY IS . I TRY TO SAY THE DIVINE CHAPLET OF MERCY DAILY AND OFFER IT UP FOR ANY SOULS THAT HAVE DIED THAT DAY AND ANY SOUL THAT HAVE ALREADY DIED THAT NEEDS THIS POWERFUL PRAYER . IT WORKS .

  • mabra

    I have prayed so very hard and did novenas so my daughter would pass her nclex nursing exam. she failed for the third time. my faith has been shaken. i have always been faithful and prayed to all the saints, Mary, Jesus, Holy Spirit and God.

  • Al

    I have been praying to find a way closer to God. To feel worth and a reason. I am completely lost and cannot find my way. Everyone near me receives bad news constantly and I feel it is because of me.

    The above makes sense to me. Specifically the part where you speak of “Will”. I have been asking for quite sometime and have not had any form of progression except that I am still here.

  • CRH

    I have been praying a lot ans very hard fornoir 20 year old find wisdom, growth and be more respectful amd rid of his vulgar words and ways but I know its a lot to ask for for. but I too end my prayers with Thy will be done because I realize it will be in our Lords time not mine. But praging these novenas and reading all you share has helped me along the way i will not stop praying. God bless

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  • ijeoma susan

    I have been praying for a lovely, caring and God fearing future partner but I still strongly believe that our lord will intercede on my prayer! Cause I won’t give up Amen 🙏

  • Martha Christensen

    PLEASE PRAY FOR ME THAT THE PAIN CAN LEAVE MY ARMS AND THAT THIS NEW MEDICATION WILL WORK AND DO AWAY WITH THE PAIN. I DO NOT WANT TO BE ON THESE MEDS FOREVER. I WANT THEM TO WORK AND HEAL THE PAIN . PLEASE PRAY WITH ME AND MY HUSBAND FOR HIS BACK ISSUES AND MY SISTER FOR ALL HER SHOULDER ISSUES AND BACK ISUES . THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS !

  • JM

    I need help & guidance, I have been praying for months. I have loved a man for 30 yrs found out he loves me also. We have a complication, please help us through this. Please let us be each others life long partner & help us together soon. I have so much love to give him. Why would God bring us together later in life if it was not meant to be. AMEN

  • Adan

    I will pray extra hard for this of us whose prayers have seemingly gone unanswered. My own prayers to bring family closer to God through temporal intercession did not seem to work. It is probably more a journey.vs a sprint. It has been hard to see the most loving and suffering soul continue to face adversity. Why since I am such a sinner am I so blessed? Yet the kind hearted is shown disappointment and earthly rejection. So disappointed but keeping Faith

  • EC

    I’ve been praying for a good husband. Not someone perfect, but someone God wants me to be with. I’ve changed my prayer instead of asking for a good husband, I asked God to prepare me to be a good wife so that he would send who ever He saw fit for me. Didn’t work. I’ve been intimidated because of how I’ve chosen to wait until marriage as the Church teaches us. Someone who I thought was right for me let me down when I realized he wanted me to please him instead of both pleasing the Lord in a good relationship. I’ve honestly thought about not praying for marriage anymore. I would LOVE to have a family and lead my children to follow God, but dating is soooo difficult nowadays. I’m young I’m 27, but seeing how most my age go about dating is just not me. I’ve thought about the religious life, I would love to help people and their faith. However, I just don’t see myself like that. I’ve talked to priests and they just tell me to wait, I’ve talked to nuns and told me they’ll be waiting if I ever decide to give them a call. But I have no idea what or how to pray anymore. All I know is that I’m not perfect, I’m a sinner, but I love God and I can’t live without His word and blessings.

  • JP

    My husband walked out from the house over 2 years leaving me to struggle with 3 children. God has been so so good to us but, kids are very stress about the whole situation. He managed to convince kids that it was my fault he left and painting me bad image to them. I have tried to sit down with him an talk but, he won’t. My big worry is that he doesn’t go to church anymore and he is telling kids they don’t have to go too. My boys are now following him, they don’t want to pray, go to church, in fact it is like they don’t want to hear the name God. Please, put me in prayer. Do you have any advice for me? Thanks and God bless you.

  • beverly

    God sure knows how to send a message. Your topic on Mother Theresa and this Unanswered prayer post are two things I have been struggling with the past few days.
    I have a theory that there are no unanswered prayers–there are only “ungranted” prayers. God said He provides for our needs, so when it seems like the answer is “No”, the real answer is, “That is not a need–it’s a want” and the answer is “No”. When I desperately pray for something, then I am imposing my will on God and I know that is not the way it is supposed to be, so I have to step back and say, “If I can’t have this, please take the desire away”.

  • Maria

    We praise the Lord, we ask for forgiveness, and pray with faith and all we be given to us, for there is nothing that he can’t do for us. Amen

  • PaulapHarris

    I am about to give up anyway. Apparently I don’t know what God wants for me or my family – except hardship.

    • Ana McK

      I can sympathize. I feel that way too sometimes. Like God hates me. One more time for me I’m going to try the novena to Our Lady of Untied Knots.

  • Stefanie

    I don’t do understand what god wants for me or my family. My husband and I have married 27 years and in these 27 years we have always struggled with money…but some how we have always managed. My family and I lived with my parents for the first 7 years…..eventually we bought a house and we had major debts…by this time we had two kids…. in 2001 we sold the house thinking with the equity in our home we would be able to pay our debts and buy another home….but no my husband lost his job and we move back to parents. The make very long story short my dad died and my brother sold the house….we had to move out. Some we manage to get a house. The contractor from the new house sued us for payment on work he never completed and got back into debt again with legal fees….sold that house and bought another house…..1 1/2 hours from the from our work…. the week before we moved in….I lost my job and we are back in debt…… I have been praying for a long time and I am really losing my faith with God……my son just lost his job and has no money for school and daughter is struggling to pay for school and can’t a job……my husband’s work only pays him 10 month’s out the year and the other 2 he does odd jobs that don’t pay much and we are always behind trying catch up…..I have been unemployed for 2 years……and really sick for 1 year. So anyone out there please shed some light and prayers on my family and please pray for me to find a job…..ASAP

    Thank you for listening to my sobbing story
    I am not asking to be rich…..all I am asking is enough pay my debts and to live.
    Stefanie

    • Ana McK

      I feel your pain. I don;t get it either. I still have my mustard seed of faith but I’m trying feel hard to hold on to it. I remember the faith I had as a child. I was such a gentle quiet obedient kid, a nice kind honest adult. I don’t understand why life has beaten me up so badly. Yes I;m healthy my kids are healthy but…. all the rest…there’s never peace. It’s been that way for me for almost 15 years. I’m going to try one more time and say the novena to Our Lady of Untied Knots. I will keep you and all others facing long term unemployment in mind when I say it. After that if I don;t have a job I think I’m done with prayer.

  • Ana McK

    I understand His will be done, but I can;t believe that it’s God’s will that I remain unemployed, lose my house and become homeless and on welfare. I need to work. I need a place to live. I’m not asking for a desire I am asking for a need. This is killing me. What exactly should I change my prayer to “ok God forget about an honest job, let me win the lottery”? Or “let a really rich guy knock at my door and ask me to marry him?

    • MG

      Ana, I was a stay at home mother who went through a bitter divorce. My former husband turned my children against me. I had been out of the job market for 17 years and did not have a college degree. I had two children who were depending on me to take car of them. I lost my house, was hugely in debt, had the engine in my car blow and could not afford to get a new one. For twelve years now, things have continued to deteriorate for me. My now grown children barely talk me which feels like my heart is being ripped out of me; I lost both of my parents within 16 months of each other, and am currently having to live with my two alcoholic brothers. It feels as though God has ripped everything and everyone out of my life and He has. God is recreating me. He has stripped me of everything so that I can become new again. Even though things may seem bad, I trust in His ways. Maybe this is what God is doing with you. You WILL become stronger than ever when you, and you will, overcome all of these set backs. Take one problem at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed. Focus on finding a place to live. Is there a friend or family member you could move in with for the time being? There maybe some government housing you could live in for the time being. Then start looking for a job. Go to an employment agency, look on line, look at the government’s workforce site. But… NEVER give up. This is exactly what Satan wants you to do. He wants you to be mad at God. DONT LET SATAN WIN!! You must be acutely aware of the small miracles or answers to prayer that are occurring around you. Pray the rosary. Ask the Blessed Mother to intercede your prayers to Jesus. Your time is coming!!

      • Ana McK

        Dear MG I hope things turn around for you soon. I don’t have anywhere near your patience or acceptance. Don’t think I could handle my kids not talking to me. I can’t say that your message made me feel better. Frankly, it made me more anxious about the future and just how much worse things could get if I don’t find employment soon. I do appreciate the effort and again want to send you thoughts and prayers (yes still) that you mend the relationship with your children and find a good job.

  • Jolene Zacarello Robinson

    I was diagnosed with non-smoker lung cancer in June 2015. I knew something was wrong and looked for answers from 8 doctors in a two year time frame prior to the diagnosis. All said I was having panic attacks and to go home and relax. Now, I have completed all treatment which did nothing for me but make the tumor grow. I was faithful and truly believed that God would hear my prayers and have devine intervention. It is now obvious that he doesn’t care if I live or die, I am on hospice care now. Struggling for air to breathe. I have children and this is so cruel for them. It is obvious to me that all my hope and beliefs that HE truly cares for his children is wrong because he allows atrocities around the world to happen. Lost me.

    • Connie Poulos

      Jolene, I am so sorry to hear of your situation. I don’t even know what to say. But I do know this: that you did not believe in vain. God loves you, and your children, more than you could ever imagine. And when things don’t make sense, it’s not because he has abandoned you or because he’s vengeful or cruel. Why does God allow such awful suffering? Surely he didn’t cause it, but he did allow it to happen. Why? I don’t know, I’m just a human. But I believe that he can use all things, even horrible, horrible suffering, for his greater glory and to save souls and bring us into a beautiful relationship with him, if we let him. He wants our hearts. And he will never stop calling us to himself, even in the midst of tragedy. I will pray for peace for you and for your family, that all of you feel his intense and affectionate love in the time to come.

  • vandana

    Please pray for me i am suffering from Stomach disorders also pls pray for removal of unwanted hair from my body ,Searching for a partner ..finding hurdles in getting life partner I know jesus will give me a perfect partner and Jesus will also heal from Skin disease . Dear Saints, I dont know how to convey my voice to you guys . All I need is I am in pain and in need of prayers
    Thank you
    God bless you all.