Some of God’s Greatest Gifts are Unanswered Prayers

Last week my husband and I were invited to the Garth Brooks concert in Utah and we were given the special opportunity to meet Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood. I have to say that they were both so kind and so down to earth that it was really a pleasure meeting them.

I am a huge fan of Garth’s music and there is one song in particular that I absolutely love because the lyrics in the chorus have such a powerful meaning. The name of the song is Unanswered Prayers and the chorus goes like this:

“Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers

Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs

That just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care

Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers”

Tonight I was talking with someone I love dearly and they found out that they didn’t make it into the career program they had hoped they would make it into. For years it has been this persons dream and they have done everything in their power to make that dream into a reality, but things finally reached the point where it was out of their ability to control the outcome and they found out that they didn’t get in and the career they prayed for wasn’t going to happen.

As I talked to this person the words to Garth’s song came into my mind…when something in life doesn’t go the way we prayed that it would, we have to know that the day will eventually come when we will end up thanking God for that seemingly unanswered prayer.

In my own life there have been a hundred times I prayed for something to go my way, but then it didn’t. On every one of those times when I look back now at everything that happened as a result of each unanswered prayer I can clearly see that it led me to something a million times better than anything I would have even thought to pray for. The reality is that when I made my own life plan and prayed for it to come true I only had the ability to see a very limited view of everything that the Lord actually had lying in store for me. In no way could I have envisioned just how magnificent the things He had in His plan for me. That’s why we have to put our faith and trust in the fact that if we have done all we can do and things still don’t go our way….well, it’s because God has something WAY better in store for you up ahead.

So my advice to this person I love dearly is to get on his knees tonight and thank God for this particular unanswered prayer, trusting that what He has planned for you is an absolute masterpiece!

Here’s a fun picture of me and my husband with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

garth brooks trisha yearwood

Have a great weekend!!!



  • Mustafa Hatim says:

    Thanks very much Amy.Your blogs are truly helpful and inspirational.This one about the unanswered prayers is an absolute gem.Right now I am wondering why a project so dear to me is not being fulfilled.I keep asking myself where have I gone wrong?Where have I not tried hard enough?Will I succeed?I am hoping to find the answers to these questions.Things are not going well for me now but one day like you say I will reflect upon my unanswered prayer and realise God had something better planned for me.Thank you and have a Great Weekend!!!!

  • Jane says:

    Dennis Pitocco just introduced me to your blog, Amy. What a blessing to have read this first article and feel like I have met a new sister of my heart. I am trying to weed out blogs instead of adding – but yours is a definite ADD. I’m following and looking forward to being encouraged by what you share from your heart.

  • Rosemary Ekelekhomen says:

    Right now this day I don’t think I can go on in my educational life because I have 10 failed courses in my first year; I think I gave my best if it wasn’t good I prayed to God to help; but am still in tears… I hope a day I would thank God for this unanswered prayer.

  • Akathi says:

    Thanks Amy, very nice blog.

    Just adding my thoughts on it,

    GOD answers the prayer, but HE has HIS own way, and many a times we don’t understand it or don’t accept it.

    We look for prompt and favourable replies.
    So we feel that our prayer is not being answered.

    But HE is never in hurry. HE has HIS own time and way.

    It may happen that HE removes all our hurdles at one go or quietly change the whole situation.

    It may happen that HE gives us strength to cross over the hurdle or HE brings such a transformation in us that we see the hurdle as a blessing.

    HIS ways are silent and mystical and only at appropriate time, they will be revealed to us.

    I came across a nice article  The Secret of Prayer.

    It answers a lot of our questions.

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