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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

When the Answer Disappoints (The Triumph of Unanswered Prayer)

February 10, 2013

There are few things that can burden the soul like suffering from an illness that never seems to improve. You cry out to God, and when the healing doesn’t come, a sense of deep disappointment sets in. It’s at this point that many Christians resolve to never pray again, asking, “what’s the use?” Behind the disappointment, God does have a plan.

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We all rejoice when God answers a prayer in an unmistakable way. But what do you do when God’s answer is “no”? We can look to the Apostle Paul who begged the Lord three times to remove his thorn in the flesh but God’s reply was “no.” Paul learned that God’s power is made perfect in our weakness.
February 3, 2013
Sometimes we are overwhelmed with calamity. When we pray, it seems that God is nowhere to be found. We lose a job, get a foreclosure notice, or our health is suddenly at great risk. And despite earnest praying, our situation only gets worse. That was the cry of the prophet Habakkuk, and the cry of many others.
January 27, 2013
“Ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.” This promise of Jesus might lead us to believe that answers to our prayers ought to be the answers we are asking for. But sometimes, God sends answers that have less to do with what we ask, and more to do with the relationship with Him that He wants us to have. 
January 20, 2013
We are all used to having instant coffee, instant internet, and, in general, instant gratification of our desires. When it comes to prayer though, “instant” is not usually part of the equation. Often, years pass before we see an answer to an oft-repeated request before God. How do we come to grips with the need to wait, and wait, and then wait some more?
January 13, 2013
Your child is sick, so you pray for healing, but healing never comes. At your child’s funeral, you are left asking “why?” The mystery of prayer is our focus for the next six weeks, as we try to understand the purposes of God when the answers we cry for never seem to come.
January 6, 2013
When the present is filled with troubles and the future looks just as bad, many ask, “What can I do about it?” Today you will hear a challenge to do something — something that will have eternal repercussions in your life, and the lives of those you care about.
December 30, 2012
The future is uncertain — we need wisdom to make decisions we’re sure to face in the days ahead. Whether personal or national decisions, we dare not enter the unknown without the wisdom that only God can provide — and this wisdom is another of the gifts God gave to us when He sent Christ into the world.
December 23, 2012
When faced with the ravages of war, man’s deepest longing is often for peace. Although human peace is at best temporary, Jesus said, “My peace I give unto you” — and that’s a gift without price.
December 16, 2012
Things and circumstances can give us happiness, but only an inner wellspring can bring forth joy. Joy can be felt in the midst of tragedy and loss; yes, joy can be experienced through tears. And joy is what Christ came to bring to all those who would believe in Him.
December 9, 2012
As Christmas approaches, stores are hoping we’ll give in to the urge to give gifts. Certainly, Christ was the great gift God gave to the world. During December, Dr. Erwin Lutzer will speak about four ways in which that gift was given. Listen today as Dr. Lutzer explains why Christ was the gift of justice.
December 2, 2012
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About Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years. He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law. 

He is the featured speaker on three radio programs that are heard on more than 1,000 outlets in the United States and around the world: Running to Win, Moody Church Hour, and Songs in the Night. Pastor Lutzer is also an award-winning author of numerous books including: "No Reason To Hide" (2022), "We Will Not Be Silenced" (Bestseller), "Hitler’s Cross" (Gold Medallion Award winner), and "One Minute After You Die" (Bestseller). He and his wife Rebecca have co-written "Life-Changing Bible Verses You Should Know" and "Jesus, Lover of a Woman’s Soul." 

Connect with Pastor Lutzer on Twitter (@ErwinLutzer) or visit moodymedia.org. Dr. Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

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