And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Jesus himself encouraged us to pray to His Father in heaven to experience God’s abounding mercy and grace. God in His sovereign power will answer our prayers for He will make all things beautiful in His time.
But why there are unanswered prayers? Is it really unanswered or we just don’t want to accept that its a “no” answer from our prayer. It is important to know the reasons why we are receiving a “no” answer from God so we can trust Him more, even if God will not answer our prayer in favor for us.
God can answer in three responses.
1. Our prayer request may be granted especially when we ask in faith. So its a yes answer.
2. God can answer a “no” answer too when it is not in accordance to His will. We should know His Word to know His will.
3. He can also tell us to patiently wait at the right time. In His time, He makes all things beautiful.
From the Scripture we can see some of the reasons why we are not receiving the favor from Him.
Reason 1: SIN:
Psalm 66:18: If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.
Reason 2: LACK OF FAITH:
Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Reason 3: PRAYING AMISS:
James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
REASON 4: FEAR
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
REASON 5: NO WORD OF GOD
Isaiah 43:26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
REASON 6: PRIDE
Psalms 138:6 Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.
REASON 7: IMPATIENCE
Hebrews 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
REASON 8: RELIGION
Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
REASON 9: FAMILIARITY
2 Corinthians 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
REASON 10: VAIN REPETITION
Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
REASON 11: NEGATIVE CONFESSION
Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
REASON 12: IRRESPONSIBILITY:
James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
REASON 13: HINDERING SPIRITS
Daniel 10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
REASON 14: INGRATITUDE
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Gratitude is a catalyst for answered prayers, when we thank Him for what He has done, we see more of His goodness in our lives. As a matter of fact, every prayer starts and ends with thanksgiving. Whatever you are not grateful for, you will most likely lose. Ingratitude will always lead to unanswered prayers. Thanksgiving is the only solution to ingratitude.
We cannot separate our prayer from the Word of God. When we pray to God we have to use the Word of God to speak His own words of promises that we keep in our heart. Put God into remembrance and it will not return to Him void.
The Word of God also the great weapon of defense to fight the lies of the devil. Jesus overcame him by the Word of God and so we shall do the same thing like Jesus. This is what He taught us. We should remain in His Word for this is How we can overcome the works of the devil.
In prayer we are engaged in spiritual warfare, Paul instructed us to wear the full armor in the battle against the principalities in the air, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places.
These legions are the spirits hindering our prayers but the prayer in faith and praying through the Spirit of God can penetrate the throne of God.
But most of the Christians do not understand this kind of rule of engagement in prayer. Ephesians 6:16-24 and specifically mentioned in verse 18 that all our prayers should be done at all times in the Spirit referring to the Holy Spirit of God. Praying in tongues is praying in the Spirit. Our mind is unfruitful because we do not understand what we are praying in the Spirit. The Spirit of God is using our human faculties to perform the prayer through us.
The believers in Christ should be engaged in this kind of prayer in order to become powerful and influential to the nations. This is one of the big responsibilities that we have in following Jesus.
Part to be blamed are the spiritual leaders who do not teach the church to be involved more in prayers. Its high time to raise faithful disciples in the Church of the Living God.
Revive the Church again from her long sleep like sleeping beauty. The beauty that should not sleep and useless. She must arise and show her real beauty God gave her. Powerful enough to do the greater works Jesus was saying that the believers will do greater works than He did for He will come to the Father in heaven to intercede for us. Take heed and be involved in order to arise above and beyond these evil days. Be transformed from glory to glory and be victorious through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.