10 Reasons Why Some Prayers Are Not Answered
If wishes were horses, even beggars would ride. If all prayers were answered, what would life be? Maybe life will be better or even worse.
You may have prayed to God to save your dying loved one, but you still lost him or her, and you ask yourself this question “Is God still alive?” There are so many reasons for unanswered prayers. Some of them we’ll talk about today.
Matthew 25:40 said, “whatsoever you do to your brothers, that you do unto me.” Most times, we pray so well and hard that we shake the heavens, but our heart is full of hate. We don’t show love to our neighbors. We claim to love God when we hate our neighbors. God can’t answer your prayer when you don’t show him love through those around you. Proverb 21:13 “If a man shuts his ear to the cry of the poor, he too will cry and not be answered” we must show genuine love to neighbors, be hospitable to travelers, and kind to strangers to attract God’s grace and answered prayers.
Abraham and his wife conceived Isaac after showing love to travelers.
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Isaiah 59:1-2 ” behold, the Lord’s hands are not short to save us nor his ear deaf to hear our prayers, but your iniquity has separated you and your God, and your sin has hidden his face from you, that he will not hear.”
The sins that we commit keep us away from God. That is why, while we pray, we beg for the forgiveness of sin so that our sins won’t hinder our prayers. 1 Peter 3:12 said, “For the eyes of the Lord is on the righteous, and His ears attentive to their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Try to avoid sins so that you gain more favor from God.
Faith is a holy gift from God that enables us to trust and have no doubt in whatever God has ordained. Matthew 17: 20 says; He said to them” Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith like the grain of mustard seed you will say to this mountain move from here to there, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” When you pray without faith, it is easy for you to give up on God if the answer hasn’t come immediately. God wants us to trust him. He wants us to believe totally in him and no one else. Our God is so jealous. If you want your prayers replied to, you need to be faithful and give Him all you got.
- Hindering spirits from the generational curse:
Years back, our forefathers worshiped all kinds of gods; most of these gods they went into covenant with and dedicated their generation to it. In your time, you have decided to follow Jesus and leave the ways of your fathers. Those spirits get angry for you ‘re trying to break the covenant established over you. They begin to cause you bad luck and lots of pain. They hinder your prayers and begin to monitor and prevent your progress in life. Most times, you may not be aware of this covenant and may be ignorant of where your problems are coming from
In this situation, you are to dig deep into the history and break out of every covenant of the old by involving other people in prayer. Through deliverance, set yourself and all those involved free. Demons and spirits hinder prayers.
- Praying against God’s will:
James 4:3″ when you ask, you do not receive because you ask for wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on pleasures.” God can’t answer you when he knows you’ll use the favor to hurt others or when it will cause you to sin. A man may be praying for enough wealth, but will not be given, because if he was given, he could use it to oppress the poor or turn against God.
Sometimes we ask for things to go our way when God has a better plan for us. Jeremiah 29:11 said, “for I know the thought I think
says you says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end.” God knows the best for us as his children. When we pray for someone’s downfall or anything against his will, he may not grant the petition.
God doesn’t take pleasure in food nor drink. He only demands you to glorify him at all times. You owe him your gratitude, for when you appreciate him, he is happy granting all your favors. We don’t get answered prayers most times because we fail to appreciate.
When you truly worship God and share that bond of friendship with Him, He won’t want you to suffer but answer your prayers even before you ask them.
- Irresponsibility and laziness:
All you need to succeed in life isn’t just prayers, you need work too. In as much as God wants to answer your prayers, he can’t come down to solve your problems directly, He needs to go through somebody. Why fold your hands and depend entirely on prayers? James 2:18 says” but someone will say, you have faith, and I have work, show me your faith without work, and I will show you my faith by work”
Some prayers are unanswered because he who seeks is not ready to make a practical move or is irresponsible. Will the solution fall from the heavens?
God may decide to become quiet and irresponsive to you when you begin to deviate from the part of humility and become so proud of yourself. In most churches where miracles happen, the pastor sometimes begins to carry their shoulder too high thinking they are too righteous, and that is why they can perform miracles. God may decide to be quiet to his prayers until he comes back to the path of humility.
God’s timing is the best. Impatience had caused a lot of problems today. God has a plan for you, but when you can’t wait for the best to come, you end up going for the better. Hebrew 12:6 says” we do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what had been promised.
- Not knowing how to pray:
You can pray wrongly. Jesus gave us the pattern of prayers when he taught us” The Lord’s prayer” There are some mistakes we should try to correct while praying so that our prayers will appease God
- in your prayers, thank God first, glorify him in praise
- don’t dive into asking without begging for forgiveness of sin which may hinder your prayers
- while you pray, talk to God in his words. Quote the Bible and remind him of his promises.
- be consistent in your request and submit to his wills.
- fasting can be a better way of presenting your supplication.
God loves us so much and is always available to our needs. God reminded us in John 14:3 ” whatever you ask for in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the son.” Whenever you don’t get what you want in prayer, it doesn’t mean He didn’t hear you. Say to him in prayers” Father, may your will be done.”