Friday, December 4, 2009

God and Unanswered Prayers

Why do we pray, if we think God is going to do what He chooses to anyway?  

Are we praying in hopes God MIGHT answer our prayers?

When we pray, are we praying without faith?

Do we really believe God will answer?

Why doesn't God answer some of our Prayers?

These are some of the many questions that cross our minds when we pray.  

Jesus said in Matthew 7:7 

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 

In Mark 11:22-24 Jesus says: 

22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, BELIEVE THAT YOU RECEIVE THEM, and you will have them.

In a nutshell, YES , Jesus wants us to ask for all good things.  Those things that are obviously His will, His goodness, His benefits.  What are some of His benefits: Not lacking any good thing. 

3 John 1:2 says, 

2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

We need to believe when we pray, God has answered our prayers!  Be it prayer for healing, or any need you may have.  We should always believe He has heard and yes He will answer. 

So why does it seem like sometimes He doesn't answer?  

In the book of Daniel it clearly points out that there are other factors that hinder our prayers. 

In Daniel 9:3, Daniel begins to pray, fast, and intercede for Jerusalem:

3And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
 4And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;

This is about a 3 minute prayer, it reads from verse 3 to verse 21, then the Angel Gabriel interrupts in verse 23 and makes an interesting statement that many might miss:

3At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.

This reveals God answered Daniel when he began his prayer.  It took about 3 minutes from the time the command went forth to the word of the Lord to manifest unto Daniel.  It doesn't say why it took only 3 minutes for Daniel to see an answer to prayer.  

Now if you read in Daniel 10:2-3, he's praying and fasting for three full weeks.  We might ask, "Why did God take so long to answer Daniel this time?"

If you look further down in Daniel and read verse 12-13 it gives an explanation why the Angel took three weeks to arrive with the message:

2Then 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.
 13But 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.

This clearly states that there was a huge hindrance on the prayers Daniel spoke forth.  It shows that the principalities and powers of darkness were hindering Gabriel from getting the message to Daniel.  

It was not that God didn't answer or waited to answer, God answered Daniel as soon as he started praying and fasting.  This brings such understanding to prayer.  To know God answers our prayers from the beginning brings such peace and understanding. 

God does love each one of us and answers our prayers.  We need to understand there are hindrances that are stopping the prayer from manisfesting in our lives.  Whether it be sin in our lives, which opens a door to fellowship with Satan or powers of darkness are trying to stop the prayer from reaching us. 

Satan doesn't know everything God has planned.  He doesn't know anything at all.  He tries to mess up our lives and then blame it all on the Lord.  When we loose faith in God and don't believe He has answered, we then are believing satan, the enemy, more than believing the goodness of God.  This then means WE not God are allowing Satan to rule over us.

We in our own foolishness and ignorance are stopping the prayers of God from reaching our lives.  

Remember this: 


Proverbs 18:21 says: 

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
      And those who love it will eat its fruit. 

ARe you Free In Christ today? If not, allow Jesus the Saviour of the world to come  and reveal His goodness and His unconditional love to you!!    

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