Why Didn’t God Answer Our Prayers?

Joe Biden is now the 46th president of the United States. 

It’s not a stretch to say that more people prayed for the 2020 U.S. election that any other presidential contest in history.

Since most secular progressives don’t believe in God or prayer, then we’re talking about millions of traditional Americans (and many others around the world) who prayed for revival, good government, and the re-election of Donald Trump.

Why didn’t God answer our prayers?

Why Didn’t God Answer Our Prayers?

For all his faults, Trump was the candidate of choice for most people of faith. I will discuss the many reasons for this in coming months, but the basics are obvious:

  • Most of his policies came out of a Judeo-Christian worldview.
  • He was committed to restoring American greatness which begins with “In God We Trust.”
  • He appointed three constitutionalist justices and scores of other good judges.
  • He brought many godly people into prominent government positions including Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos and many others.
  • He stood by Israel and brokered four Middle East peace deals with Arab nations.
  •  He used free market principles to invigorate our economy, destroyed Isis, and protected the southern border from illegal invasion.

I agreed with 90% of President Trump’s policies (not his tweets). So did 74 million Americans– among whom many were people of faith. Good government is all about policy.

We thought that God would hear our prayers for mercy, national renewal, and for President Trump’s re-election–despite the American axis of evil that distorted his record and may have fraudulently impacted the election.

We enjoined numerous days of fasting and prayer. “The Return” brought thousands to the National Mall and Franklin Graham led a momentous “Prayer March” to the Capitol. All over the world believers prayed that God would place President Trump in office one more time (against all odds).

Why? Because we are engaged in a fierce worldview struggle in the Western World.

Even when the election was called (amid signs of corruption), many believed that justice would prevail, and President Trump would eventually emerge victorious. Various prophetic voices in the Church stated that the president would triumph.

Personally, I have never prayed so intensely and daily for good leadership as I did in the 2020 election (in accordance with 1 Timothy 2:1,2). Like many others, I knew what was at stake.

But God didn’t answers our prayers.

Today let’s consider why He didn’t–and what we can learn from His answer. Prayer is a subjective realm. But many principles and examples can be found in God’s Word that give us insight. Jesus told us to never stop praying and lose heart (Luke 18:1). 

Here are my thoughts (I’d love to hear yours).

1. God is wiser than us and providentially in control of history. 

I recently re-read The Light & The Glory by Peter Marshall and David Marshall. Now I’m studying The Seven Miracles That Saved America by Chris and Ted Stewart. Both books remind us of God’s divine hand in our history. Sometimes he allowed hardship in answer to prayer (half the Pilgrims died on the voyage to the New World). Another time He supernaturally brought fog to rescue the American revolutionary army (battle of New York).

We do not always get what we want or think we need–under God’s providence. We must trust that He is far wiser than us and totally in control of history including fulfilling the Great Commission and the final consummation of Christ’s Kingdom. 

2. Progressive forces stood more united than the Church in this election fight.

I am deeply concerned by the disunity/apathy in today’s American Church compared to the level of cooperation among progressives to achieve their goals. In this election fight, they brought together the Democratic Party, secular news media, Deep State bureaucrats, Hollywood and academia elite, the professional sports world, liberal Christians, the Big Tech companies, and numerous business entities to out-work the faith community. Greater unity–better results. 

Just prior to the Reagan years, Pentecostals and evangelicals joined together in John 17 oneness through the Washington for Jesus rally to receive God’s blessing. In 2020, Pentecostals went to “The Return” and evangelicals marched with Franklin Graham–on the same day and in the same city. And many other good people were simply unengaged.

A house divided against itself can’t stand (Mark 3:25). Or win elections.

3. The other side is more disciplined and long-range committed.

Whatever label you choose–progressives, Marxists, socialists, leftists–have been tirelessly working for decades to tear down the biblical pillars of American freedom. They systematically took over public education–starting with the universities. They built a tremendous get-out-the vote machine in 2020 and their business backers outspent the Trump side by 4-1.

Gary North reminded us years ago that, “Marxism is the most consistent and powerful secular religion of all time. It can only be successfully challenged by an even more consistent and more powerful biblical religion.”

Right now, atheistic political philosophy is winning the cities–which is why we are losing elections.

4. You get what you deserve. When kings ruled during Old Testament times, prophets shared the word of the Lord with the nation to bring repentance and renewal. God often granted them good rulers (in answer to prayer) who brought societal change.

In democratic republics, we get what we deserve. Votes reflect hearts. We now stagger toward higher taxes, lower wages, increased gas prices, moral confusion, porous borders, and international weakness because we voted for it. Simple (and as foolish) as that.

5. We did not meet God’s conditions for 2 Chronicles 7:14. Many of us prayed this prayer daily, and many large prayer gatherings asked God’s forgiveness for our sins and shortcomings. But in a nation of over 325 million people, we did not meet God’s conditions for “healing our land”–or He would have mercifully answered our prayers for better leadership. 

The revival remnant we currently possess is not large enough for social transformation. 

6. God allows setbacks or injustices in life for His long-term purposes. I learned this as a teenager when God allowed my father to go to prison unjustly for three years–despite our prayers. But God used that injustice to bring awakening to our family as he often does through difficulties. 

Did fraud or injustice steal the 2020 election? Only God knows for sure. What we do know is that He allowed Joe Biden to become president and will use this choice in his future plans–for revival or judgment. Sometimes we need to be “spanked” to get headed onto the right path.

7. God’s chosen leaders make mistakes that affect future outcomes.

Just as both Saul and David sinned or made mistakes that impacted their rule, I believe Donald Trump made some errors that affected the vote in 2020. His undisciplined, childish tweets, name-calling, and putdowns of other leaders (e.g. John McCain and Mitt Romney) did not grow his gravitas in office. He must face those shortcomings and learn (repent).  Maybe we idolized him too much by condoning them. We must repent also.

I believe the best Scriptural analogy for Donald Trump was the Hebrew judge, Samson. I will unpack that analogy in a future column.

8. This is an hour for the power of darkness (Luke 22:53). The American people invited spiritual and moral evil to flood our nation on November 3, 2020. It is a lurch to the left–what will be a sin-soaked period of difficulty and confusion. It could be a prelude for the final Days of Evil and the return of Jesus Christ.

But never lose sight that God is wise, just, and merciful. As Robert Jeffress reminds us, He has not changed. We must trust Him. Learn our lessons.

And never stop praying. 


  1. Bill Blatz on February 1, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    i do believe the church didn’t meet the requirements of ll Chron. most of the church doesn’t even know we are at war. the Lord has always been faithful to deliver His people when they turn to Him. i believe in His mercy He is about to let a change of circumstances in our nation teach His church about the necessity of batteling for the Kingdom and the upcoming pressure will teach us to cry out for His deliverence. Hw awaiting our response.

  2. Carl Hunt on January 25, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Yes, I was shocked and dismayed that Donald Trump was not reelected. I thought, what is God doing? He miraculously allowed Trump to win in 2016 against all odds. Well, His ways are not our ways, His timing is not our timing. As I go forth, I’m reminded that God has not changed (the world has and is changing) and that His promises to us have not changed. I’m learning, even more than before, that I must have faith and trust that God knows what He is doing and that He loves me and will make a way. I am also taking it “one-day-at-a-time” in my relationship with Jesus. I do not know what the future will bring, but I know the one who does know and as long as He is in control of my life and gives me another day I will keep moving forward trying to be a light in this dark world. Thank you, Ron, for your insightful comments. They always bring me hope and peace.

  3. William Wilbur on January 22, 2021 at 2:02 am

    It is not over yet! God has the last word. God Rules!

  4. John Briggs on January 21, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Miracles can, and do, happen. The election of Mr. Trump initially, was nothing less than surprising and shocking to many of us (most of us?). Meanwhile, he was the incarnate of evil, or so a significant number of the population believed – promulgated through their relentless and professed hatred of him. Today, we are all tired and weary from the incessant drama of the past four years – but not because of Trump, rather, it was the infuriating reactions to what reinforced the perception of an evil, out-of-control man with a penchant for undisciplined behavior. Lost in the drama of course was the positive, common-sense lurching toward a more politically conservative agenda. Funny thing is, what the Right calls positive action for the nation as a whole, the Left views as negatively impacting our nation. Our worldviews are indeed diametrically opposed to one another. But God. God is the ultimate arbiter. As the election results are disheartening for half the nation and heartening to the other, (even if temporarily); God’s will will prevail. I remain grateful; though we may all suffer for a season, if we remain faithful and faith-filled, God is more than able to deliver us from evil – whatever form it chooses to take. Prepare to be shocked, disgusted, dismayed, disheartened for the next season but remind yourself to keep focused on Jesus. The Best is yet to come!

  5. Dan Hurt on January 21, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Your comments are to the point and very concise. But has God’s timing ever been late? Behind the scenes of media coverage some very interesting things are happening. I do not believe that this election is over. If the fraud that has occurred stands the dems will win whenever they want to. Some very bad things are just around the corner but God has not changed and He is in control. Yes we are a nation stuck many sins and God often judges by giving us bad leaders, such is the case today.

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