When we pray it’s a natural thing to do to immediately seek a result. We pray for a healing so the thing we look for is less pain or for a loved one to be raised up quickly. Other times we pray for a specific job or opportunity and the next day we look for every little sign things are working the way we expect.
Unfortunately God comes in unexpected ways. While we look at certain avenues for answered prayers God is tapping us on the shoulder to turn around. There are times He will indeed answer the way we expect but other times He will show us a path to walk or a habit to change. It could very well be that God is calling us to listen to what He is wanting to say to us instead of looking to see what He is doing. His instructions are very clear when we take time to be still and know He is God.
Isaiah 30:21 New International Version (NIV)
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”