Prayer May Produce Trouble

Jul 22, 2021 | Dennis Heppner, Faith

Prayer May Produce Trouble

Are there things you have prayed about for a long time and they’re worse now than when you started praying? That has happened in my life. How could this possibly be? If I talk to God about something, I don’t expect things to get worse! I expect things to get better. How can God be working when things look so bad?

Here are some ways I deal with this conundrum.


First of all, I establish in my mind that God is sovereign. He knows infinitely more than me, and He loves those for whom I pray much more than I do. God knows what they need better than I do. God is God. He does not guess or experiment- He knows. To see change in another person we are praying for, we must be convinced beyond any doubt that God knows what is needed. We must also be convinced that God has the good of the individual on his agenda. Trust God.


Secondly, it is quite possible that our prayers are influenced not by our love for the person, but by our own perceptions. For example, we can only pray based upon what we know or see, unless God gives us supernatural insight. What if our perceptions are wrong? We do not know the person’s heart, thoughts, attitudes, or true values. They may even have a deceitful heart. We must pray with faith that God is going to bring about good no matter what we see. When things appear to get worse for a time, ask the Holy Spirit for insight.


Thirdly, it often takes time. Why should God force someone to change because we want them to change? God respects our will. He does not want anyone to perish, be lost, or suffer, but he allows each one to make decisions. He is able and willing to touch hearts and set about circumstances to get our attention, but we still must make a decision. God is working on those we pray for but he works out of love and draws them rather than forces them. It may take time. During that time God may speak to them through trouble and suffering.

We must never stop praying. We must never lose hope no matter what things look like. Confess the promises of God over those for whom we are interceding. God always answers prayer.


Are you still praying for others even if you’re not seeing the fruit of your prayers yet? Are you still hopeful in the waiting? Are you asking Holy Spirit for insight? Who else do you need to keep praying for?


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Reading Plan: Leviticus 2-8


Heavenly Father, help me to not lose hope for what I am praying for. I choose to persevere in praying for my loved ones, for my circumstances, and for others. Give me insight from your Holy Spirit how to pray effectively. I know that my prayers will be answered.


Don’t stop praying! Continue to pray for people who need healing, salvation, or rescue. Have faith that God hears you. God always answers prayer. #Prayer #Hope #Faith

Dennis Heppner grew up in Canada and was called to ministry as a young boy. Dennis and his wife Denie, who was also called to missions as a child, pastored 4 churches in Canada, but in 1987 the door opened to come to the Philippines as missionaries. They brought their 4 eldest children with them and the kids grew up here. In 2006 they adopted Emma Rose, a special Filipino treasure and a gift from God to their family.

Dennis has been a missionary evangelist in Asia for 25 years. He was the director of LIFESCHOOLS of ministry and pastored 3 churches in the early years of his ministry based in the Philippines. He is currently the founder and President of Developing Effective Leaders (DEL), superintendent of Church of God West Asia, and the founding and lead Pastor of the vibrant, growing Church of God Makati.

Dennis and Denie and their whole family, including Josh and Melody who live in Canada, are committed to missions, leadership, and the call of Christ.

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