Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

When it looks As If God does not answer Prayers Mark 7:24–30


Breakfast with the Word Thursday Week 5 in Ordinary Time of the Year


Mark 7:24-30


One of the things that affect our faith today is when it looks as if God does not want to answer your prayers in the face of difficulties. Sometimes we feel like God is keeping quiet when we have prayed and toiled asking God for something.


Sometimes it looks as if God does not answer our prayers. At this point, we become tired of praying and try to run away from Him. 


The truth here is, whether you think He is answering or not answering, do not just go away from God. No one knows what He is doing. Do not just go away. Do not become tired. Stand up to the tests and be persistent.


When it looks as if God does not want to answer prayers is not a sign, He does not answer. So, it is good to be consistent in seeking the presence of God. Jesus has taught about this several times.

You can check Luke 11:1-13, Luke 18:1-8, and today the Syrophoenician woman put that into practice. We can as well put it into practice. Persistence shows you have faith that He can do it for you.


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The Faith of the Gentile Woman.


When the woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard that Jesus was in Tyre, she quietly entered the house to meet Jesus.


The woman is a pagan. She would have speculated like most of us do that Jesus would not listen to her considering her background and that people will stop her from  meeting Jesus because of her origin.

The woman is a Greek, and at that time, all Greeks were called dogs by the Jewish society. Therefore, the woman was considered the least in the eyes of the Jews. Because of this, she would have kept her distance from Jesus. But the woman was courageous, faithful, persistent, and yet hopeful. 


At first, Jesus said no to her request, but she did not take no for an answer. Deep within her, she is not ready to leave God’s presence unless Jesus grants what she is requesting.


The lesson here is; when it looks as if God does not want to answer your prayers, is the reason we have to pray hard. The time of challenges is the time we have to raise the magnitude of our faith. It is not the time to lose hope in God.


When it looks as if God does not want to answer your prayers may be the time He wants to know if actually, if you have faith that He can do what you are requesting. It may be a time He wants to know if the reason you come to Him is only because of the request, or that you truly love Him.


When you are expecting something, and you begin to experience more challenges, keep your faith. Anything with more challenges comes with more blessings. Do not doubt this. When God wants to blesses you, many forces may try to fight and challenge you.


Whenever you observe that there are many challenges coming to you, it means something is also around the corner, Nothing happens for nothing. There is reason for everything. So, in times of challenges, keep your faith very strong.


Therefore, Never lose hope in God even when things come against you and try to force you to lose your faith. Keep your faith hanging there. It is better to hang it there than losing it at all. 

If God is truly your father, then circumstances should not tell us how we should love Him. 


Once it is something between you and God, do not conclude yet. Do not run or go away from God. Never get tired seeking His presence. Be there, continue to seek God’s presence. Only God knows what He is doing, and the end is always better.


May God bless you and answer your prayers in a way you least expect. Amen.


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  1. Ibe Calista Chinenye says

    Amen 🙏🙏

    1. Uchenna Obeta says


    2. Goodluck Ekeocha says


  2. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says


    1. Obinna says

      Thank you Fr.

    2. Beatrice Solomon says


  3. Emmanuel Tijani says

    Amen and Amen our Lord help us to never loose hope in you especially in our time’s of trouble and difficulty through Christ our lord

    May God continue to bless you padre with more inspiration and wisdom

  4. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says


  5. Munachimso onuoha says


  6. James Mailoushi says


  7. Chinyere Ezemelue says



    Amen 🙏. You have made my day 🥂

  9. Otokpa Elijah says


  10. Okoro Kingsley Akachukwu says


    1. Onukwugha Florence says

      Oh Lord, Please always draw me closer to your Presence, even in my difficulties situations never to loose hope in you.For in your Presence every mountains melt like Wax.Thanks Padre for this inspiring messages.God bless you.

  11. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Thank you Father and may God continue to bless you.

  12. Angela Madu says


  13. Chisom Egwudike says


    Lord! Strengthen my resolve to be persistent in my prayers. Amen

  14. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen and Amen.

  15. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen. Thanks father

  16. Nancy chizoba says


  17. Ada Ndubuisi says


  18. Adichie Chizoba says

    Lord please bless and answer my prayers in a way I never expected. Amen

    Nice one father.

  19. Eluwa Chidinma Janefrances says

    Amen, God please help us not to loose hope no matter the challenges of life.

  20. Obika Chidimma says

    Amen. Thanks and God bless you too Fr.

  21. Ofoma Onyedikachi says


  22. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

    Amen……. May God help me to be persistent in following Him

  23. Mrs Blessing Chilo says

    A loving relationship with you Lord is all I pray for. Help me love you more and more even in the mist of difficulties,for I know the plans you have for me are if good through Christ our Lord Amen

  24. Rosemary Umeze says

    Lord please do not pass me by as I wait on You.
    Thank you Father

  25. Mercy E Johnny says

    Amen, thank you Jesus. This alone is an answer to my prayer. Padre, may God bless you abundantly through Christ our Lord. Amen

  26. Anujue Ifeanyichukwu Godwin says

    God,help me to remain strong in faith and never to leave Your presence because of the challenges of life.Amen

  27. Ifeoma Ugwueze says


  28. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Please oh Lord help me to be persistent and not to be tired of praying. Amen

  29. Mulerwa Rosemary says

    Amen Amen Amen Again today’s readings have given me hope to keep praying no matter how long some day one time God will give me the joy I deserve. Thanks father I pray that during this novena Mum Mary takes away this burden am carrying that has made me cry day and nights may the good lord grant me chance to see his glory too Amen

  30. Regina Mobu says

    Amen and Amen! Thank you so much Father for this encouragement.


    Thank you Father, may God’s presence never depart from you.

    1. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

      Thank you Jesus

  32. Nonye Maduka says


  33. Ifionu Anthonia says

    Amen 🙏🙏. Awesome Breakfast. Thank you Fr.

  34. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen. Thank you Jesus! Please continue to draw me nearer to you.

  35. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. Thank you Padre for this inspirational message.

  36. Peter Anthony Dodoh says


  37. Mirian igwe says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  38. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks and God bless you too Fr. for this encouraging msg.

    May God grant us the grace to always hang on to me nomatter the situation or challenges that seem to compel us to loose faith, as there is always light at the end of the tunnel, Amen!

  39. Michael Jones says

    Amen.thank you father so much for the daily words of God, May God Almight continue to strengthen and bless you Amen.

  40. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Chim na za ekpere. My God answers prayers.

  41. Ibeawuchi Monica says




  43. Madu chinaza lovelyn says

    May God give me the grace to be persistent in the quest to know him and be closer to him no matter what the situation may be, Amen.

  44. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says

    Amen and amen. Remain blessed padre

  45. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says


  46. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen, may God give us the grace to always remain steadfast in prayer

  47. Chikwendu Esther Amarachukwu says


  48. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  49. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    Lord Jesus, I know that I do not deserve the mercy and favour you have freely given me to be your child. Thank you for doing many wonderful things in my life. Increase my faith in you and help me to be prayerful, patient and humble. Give me an unshakeable faith in your healing power. Drive out from my world the devil of anger and arrogance. May I always be consistent in seeking Your Face.Amen.

  50. Ighekpe Agbodesi Winifred says


  51. Ithungu roset says


  52. ONAH LILIAN says

    Amen🙌 o, God bless you Papa

  53. Mugisha Jackline says

    I claim His blessings,peace ,love and Unity🙏🙏

  54. Agina Uchenna says


  55. arinze chinenye says


  56. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr, good morning

  57. Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏

  58. Franca Enemchukwu says

    I thank God for the wisdom HE given you to explain His word to us. With the Breakfast with the Word, one can never be found wanting. More grace Padre.

  59. Mariajacinta Ivoke says


  60. Udemezue Martina Mary says


  61. Eze Juliana Nkechi says


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  63. Ojiogbu Chekwube says

    Amen, this is a big reminder to me in my current situation

  64. Enibe Jacinta Amara says


  65. Grace Yina says


  66. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Amen and Amen!

  67. Grace Uba says


  68. Stella Ijewemen says

    I trust and that has answered my prayers. Amen

  69. Angela Ekere says

    Amen and Amen

  70. Anofe Ukamaka Stella says


  71. Jovita Okey-Oha says

    Amen and Amen

  72. Ogechi Oscar says


  73. Regina Ajua Mobu says


  74. John says

    Jesus help me to be always persistent in serving me in all circumstances. Amen 🙏🙏

  75. MabelStephen says


  76. Vivian Elochukwu says

    Amen oooooo

  77. Okonkwo onyinye says


  78. Chukwuma says

    may Almighty God bless me and my family miraculously and shower us with all the heavenly blessings, amen!

  79. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen, may we always keep our Faith in Jesus, he definitely answer us when the time comes. Thank padre for ur reflection it really helps us in lives.

  80. Eunice okeyo says


  81. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    Amen. Heavenly Father, I pray do more than I expected 🙏🙏🙏


    LORD JESUS CHRIST please let me not to be never tired in YOUR presence 🙏

  83. Lucy Vena O. says

    Amen. Thank you Padre and may God continue to enrich you in his wisdom. God bless you abundantly.

  84. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. Thank you Padre.

  85. Asukwo Eunice says

    May God give me the grace to always be consistent in seeking his face

  86. IKPO Maryann says

    Help my unbelieve oh lord

  87. Dr.Julie says

    Amen. Lord please grant me the virtue of fortitude.

  88. Chinyere Ezemelue says


  89. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏.

  90. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen and Amen. Thank you Lord for everything.

  91. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says


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