Have you been praying tirelessly yet it seems like the big guy up there has turned deaf ears? Well, read further to know some reasons why your prayers seem like they’re not getting any answers.
This post was inspired by the Bible Study I attended in my church on Wednesday. We were looking at the prerequisites for using the name of Jesus and while reasons where being found here and there according to the Bible, someone asked the question, “Why is it that sometimes, even when we pray in line with the word of God (Bible), we still don’t get answers?”
The question was thrown open and here are the reasons people gave.
• Ungrateful heart
Now let’s shed light on these reasons.
Why are you saying that prayer? What are your intentions? God checks that before he answers our prayers. Let’s say, you want God to bless you. Do you want God to bless you so that you can be a blessing to others or, do you want God to bless you so the world will worship the ground you walk on? There has to be a right motif behind your prayer or your prayers will be like smoke which goes up and evaporates.
This is a very big reason for unanswered prayers. We cannot continue in sin and expect that we will get answers to our prayers. The Bible says in Isaiah 59:2 that:
It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.
Some may say that there are so many people who don’t even believe in the existence of God let alone have a relationship with him and yet, they’re prospering. The explanation to that question is found in Psalm 73. If you read through that Chapter you will understand the end of people like that.
We also need to understand that not all blessing is from God. The devil also gives blessing but, it’s only God’s blessing that does not add sorrow with it. So, don’t confuse every blessing as God’s blessing. Even if it is God’s blessing, always remember that the end of an unrighteous person is that of disaster.
- Ungrateful heart
When God answered your prayer the last time, were you grateful to him about it or, did you just go on with your life like it wasn’t a big deal?
We humans love praises. When we do something good we like people appreciating us. It makes our heart flutter and propels us to do more.
That is the same way with God. It’s grateful people that get answers to their prayers.
Philippians 4:6 says:
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Psalm 92:1 also says
It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High.
Sometimes we see God as a magician who is supposed to make things happen at the snap of his fingers. It don’t work that way. It’s not like God can’t do it immediately if he wants to but, we’ve got to exercise patience. That is one of the fruits of the spirit that every believer should possess. Every man has his or her season and that God hasn’t answered doesn’t mean he won’t.
I know it’s not easy waiting as we humans always want things to happen in a twinkle of an eye but, we’ve got to make friends with patience or we’ll turn our face away from God and look elsewhere for help.
This reminds me of the song Seasons by Hillsong. The part I love in the song says:
Though my waiting prolongs even greater
Your promise for me like a seed
I believe that my season will come
This five letter word is another reason that can hinder God from answering our prayers. Doubt is the opposite of Faith and the Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God.
We can’t pray to God to do things for us and then doubt his ability to do those things. God wants our total trust to be in him. We can’t be looking up to God and at the same time trying to solve our problems ourselves because we think our problems are too big for God. There is no problem God can’t solve except if he doesn’t want to.
If we want God to answer our prayers, we have to eliminate that spirit of doubt.
Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.