Whew! This series is almost over. 😔 Only one week left. How are ya’ll feeling? Have you found it helpful? Loving it? Hating it? Finding it meh?
This week’s topic is one that is maybe kinda touch? No, uncomfortable? Yes! It can definitely be uncomfortable.
Because we’ve all had prayers that ‘haven’t been answered.’ Or, at least, not the way we what them to be.
And sometimes He makes us wait. (or should I say, allows us to wait). More often than we would like, too! Why is that? Why does it feel like I ask Him and ask Him and ask Him again, yet never seem to find the answer?
That’s a tough question. Though it’s impossible to know God’s reasoning for every decision He makes, I think it is clear that God does have a purpose for the time we spend waiting or why our prayers seem to be going unheard.
Before we discuss a few reasons why our prayers might be hindered, let me first say, that God promises us that He will hear our prayers. He may grant us our request, or He might have an even grander plan for you. Either way, prayer is a win-win.
In more than one sense.
- Our prayers are inhibited if we are practicing sin.
If we aren’t treating people right, than we cannot expect God to hear our prayers.
“Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.” — Isaiah 59:2
“If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” — Psalm 66:18
Having sin in your life and not turning from it is a form of idolatry — placing your desires above God. Therefore, if we are not actively trying to work sin out of our lives, it is not surprising that our prayers will be hindered.
2. Our prayer can be hindered by a lack of persistence.
God says to pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We are to ask and keep asking (Matthew 7:7).
In a way, a lack of persistence, is not only disobedience (because God calls us to pray continually), but can also illustrate a lack of faith (saying that God isn’t going to fulfill His promise to answer our prayers or that He’s unable to. see Matt. 7:7)
3. God may be making us patient.
Typically, at least for me, we pray the most when we are in a pinch. We (I) pray with the most fervency when I am desperate. In great need for help. But its in those times that we learn patience.
“For we know that the testing of our faith produces patience.” — James 1:3
I must say, when you pray for something for a long time and never see the results of the prayer, that definitely can test our faith. But hold fast. Keep praying! God will turn your situation into something BEAUTIFUL! ❤️
4. We may not be getting an answer because we’re asking for something for our own pleasures.
If you aren’t seeking God’s will, but merely using God as a means of getting what you want, it’s no surprise that your prayers are going unanswered!
James sure thought so.
“…you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your own pleasures.” — James 4:2-3
The point of our prayers (as I discussed in this post) should not be to gain things. We want to ask. But we should make sure that our motives are right. That’s not to say you can’t ask for something, but the thing should not be the ultimate goal.
5. Finally, God may not be answering your prayer because He has a better plan.
God knows the future and the past. He knows your situation. He knows your desires. And He knows how to make all your circumstances to make it all for the better.
So sometimes God may not be answer our prayers because He has a better purpose. Maybe He has better timing. He’ll make all things work together for your good!
So princess, if you’re feeling discouraged because your prayers haven’t been answered they way you want them to be, keep praying! Keep praying, keep praying, keep praying. Persistence honors God. So, keep praying! (That was a lot of times of saying keep praying. 😉 But keep praying! :))
But also examine yourself, make sure that you’re not blocking your own prayers from coming to fruition.
Princess, remember, that ultimately, God knows all things, and work them ALL out for YOUR GOOD! So be encouraged! ❤️
I hope that your prayers would be effective!
Have a fantabulous day! 🙂
BTW, as always, PLEASE feel free to share your thoughts in the comments! I LOVE hearing your input! 🙂