When Prayers Go Unanswered

We just hit the 6-month mark since Kennedi’s injury. She has been making amazing progress and her doctor and physical therapists say she’s right on track with her recovery.

And then… an errant serve during Volleyball practice hit her in the back of her knee.

Just a few hours earlier, she had been interviewed by a reporter at the University of Delaware, as we have been using their physical therapy facility with some amazing results. During her interview, she also shared her testimony of faith concerning her healing.

I’m not gonna beat around the bush, I was pretty disappointed with God on this one. I received reassurance from my mom and husband over the phone as my tears continued to fall. What was I even crying over? Did this change anything about my declarations and what I was believing God for?

But I was still struggling over why it happened. Why now? Everything had been progressing so well. The tough part was supposed to be over, right?

I prayed constantly over my children’s safety, but especially when it came to their sports. A couple of years ago, I read a life-changing book called The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. After reading, I completely put the girls in God’s hands and trusted Him with the hope and dreams I had for them.

Once the track season started back up, I made a commitment to God to “circle” the track at least once a week while praying in faith for the amazing things I was believing him for in the girls (track) lives. I even started praying for the other families in the track club – for their marriages, families, finances, and for the safety and salvation of every athlete that competed on that property. It eventually evolved to praying for the City of Camden (home of their track club).

So, after honoring my commitment for over 3 seasons, and with all the praying and believing, I was stunned and hurt that He allowed this to happen. And I told him exactly how I felt.

“What am I praying for, if you are going to just let her continue to get hurt? Why would you allow this to happen? WHY???”

Thankfully He did not respond like He did to Job with, “Where were you when I…?”

He was much more understanding and loving as He used my mom to encourage me. After I lamented about this unexpected turn of events, she shared with me this week’s defensive strategy. I read it in different translations, and when I finished the New Living Translation, I burst into tears again, this time tears of gratefulness.

Years earlier I had wrote my thoughts to how God answers our prayers:

  1. Yes
  2. Not now, as there are some things I still need to work on with you before you can handle this.
  3. No, because it does not fit into My plan for your life. But I have something different in mind. Just trust Me.

After recollecting my own words, I realized that this wasn’t going to be a straight Yes response. After Kennedi was injured, I shared with her that this was now her story, but that God was going to heal her, and she was going to tell her story to the masses. And she had just finished her first interview. And just like our Defensive Strategy promises, His glory is going to be revealed to the world through her testimony.

So, this was a reminder that God’s plan is still in motion, and that I need to keep my eyes on the Glory that is set before Kennedi as she endures her adversity.

I had just written about not being disappointed with how God’s plan unfolds only two weeks ago. I guess He wanted to see if I really believed what I’ve been blogging about.

I put our enemy on notice. He tried it! But no matter what, NO weapon he tries to form against us will prosper. NOT ONE!

This holds true for all of God’s Children:

Experiencing a setback in your health? No weapon!

Going through a tough financial situation? No weapon!

Feeling overwhelmed and don’t know what your next step should be? No weapon!

Lost your job? No weapon!

Marriage on the rocks? No weapon!

None of these weapons will succeed in our lives. We have already been promised the victory, and it will unfold in God’s way and timing. Let’s celebrate in anticipation of getting our Dub, and continue trusting Him!


Which of the three answers to prayers are you experiencing?

What weapon is currently at work in your life?

Are you confident in God’s Word, that no matter what you are experiencing, any weapons against God’s purpose for your life will not prosper?

Feel free to share your response in the comments section…

Published by Tonya May Avent

Child of God. Wife of 20 years to basketball fanatic and coach. Mom to teenage daughters and amazing athletes. Tonya is an award-winning author whose writing has been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts magazine. Her first book, Using God’s Playbook for the Game of Life: 52 Scriptures Your Young Athlete Should Know Before Sending Them Off Into the World was released in October 2022.

2 thoughts on “When Prayers Go Unanswered

  1. Thank you for sharing! I am going through this with my oldest again and I am like God please help me to help her! Prayers for you and the family.

    1. Oh no Alyssa! I will be praying for A that God will bring wholeness and complete healing. God knows every inch of her body as he intricately created her. I will be praying fervently for her, especially being her senior year. With God, ALL things are possible. Please share the blog and Kennedi’s story with her. Have her take some of the scriptures and stand on by faith, despite what she currently sees and feels. We got you both covered!

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