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When God seems silent


Chidi Okoroafor

We all go through times in life, when God seems silent. At such times, we try to pray but our prayers may seem only to rise to the ceiling and then fall back to the floor.

During such times, it is hard to give Godly counsel to others, because we are still battling with ourselves. This is a real part of the Christian Life.

In times when God seems silent, we are tempted to ask questions like David did in Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help?”

In Mark 4, as the disciples of Jesus were travelling with Him in the boat, Jesus fell asleep and there was a great storm of wind beating into the ship. The disciples panicked and screamed, but the Master was fast asleep. They went to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?”

John Wesley, in his attempt to answer why the times in our life when God seems silent said among other things, “God may seem silent during times of unseen spiritual warfare; God may be forcing us to grow when He seems silent; and God may seem silent when we have unconfessed sin in our lives.”

In Daniel Chapter 9, Israel had been in captivity in Babylon for nearly 70 years. Daniel knew from the scriptures that it was time for their release and as such, had a vision of the future that was beyond his understanding. Daniel began to seek God in prayer and fasting, but for 21 days, God seemed silent and did not answer. Finally, the answer came in a spectacular way through Angel Gabriel.

Take note that Daniel was right with God, praying for the right things in the right way and for the right reasons. He was even fasting while he prayed, but still God remained silent for many days. Why? Daniel’s prayers were hindered because of unseen spiritual warfare.

The prince of the kingdom of Persia hindered the Angel, who had answers to Daniel’s prayers for 21 days (Daniel 10:13). We can be sure that we will also have chapters in our lives, when God seems silent because of unseen spiritual warfare. Daniel did not give up, when he did not get his answer at first, but he trusted in God and continued steadfastly in prayer and fasting.

In the times when we cannot hear the voice of God and we are sure that it is spiritual opposition, we need to take our station in prayer and engage the devil in a fierce battle. Ephesians 6:11, says, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. If you do not hear a new word from the Lord, just keep doing what He told you to do the last time! In the military, if you do not get a new order… you keep operating under the old one!

God may be forcing us to grow, when He seems silent. In Mark 4, in the midst of this wild storm, while Jesus disciples panicked, Jesus remained calmly asleep…Calmly Silent. The disciples expected Jesus to panic like them. This was a great opportunity for the disciples to grow and learn a monumental lesson about who Jesus was. Mark 4:40, Jesus said to His disciples, “Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?”

Prayer: Help me to discover God when He seems silent.

Prayer line: Send text only to 09078154261.
Dr. Chidi Okoroafor, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria. E-mail:

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