Sometimes we make many prayers asking the Lord for something. We pray once. We pray twice. And we pray even more times. But no matter how many times we pray asking for the exact same thing, it seems that the Lord is just not answering our prayer. If this has happened to you, you are in the same boat as many Christians.
Is it that the Lord is ignoring us or that He does not care? Absolutely NOT. As you will see in this article, the Lord is always: 1. faithful, 2. a prompt answer giver and 3. always caring.
Scripture confirms God is always faithful in answering prayer, so why does the dilemma of unanswered prayer exist?
Of course God loves you and wants to answer your prayers FAST, but first there are 3 things the Bible says about this. I want you to think of the word contract. You see, the Bible is in many ways the contract that Christians agree upon when they accept Christ as their Lord and Savior in their hearts.
As a consequence, there are just some little things many Christians overlook in the the Word of God, which God gave us as our “binding” contract.
In business terms, when companies break contracts, all hell breaks loose. Imagine Apple or Google setting contracts and breaking them every time. It’s hard to picture right? Well, when Christians are not receiving an answer to their prayers, it is because they are breaking 3 little things in our binding “contract” with the Word of the Living God:
Let’s Discover these 3 Mind-Blowing Tips Why God May Or May Not Be Answering Your Prayer:
1. Make Sure You Are Not Living A Life Of Sin!
(Adultery, pornography, lying, cheating, stealing, and any other sins that can kill your prayers).
Maybe you are not even aware that you are in sin! Maybe you are aware, but in any case you can come to the throne of the grace of God. He loves you.
Maybe you totally are a holy Christian and I’m SO glad if you are one! However if you aren’t living in holiness, it’s time to make some changes 🙂
If you are actively engaging in any of these things, my dear and beloved Christian that Jesus loves and died for, I have news for you. You are not going to get your prayers answered. Why? because of this conspicuous reason:
1 John 3:22: “And [we] receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him”.
If you are not practicing the word of the Lord, and you have ANY hidden sins in your life, you need to really make a change before expecting to get an answer to your prayers. That is because you are not keeping your end of the Biblical “bargain”, and the previous verse which illustrates this point really goes along with John 15:6-7, which states:
“If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you”
So remaining in the Lord involves actively practicing his commandments, and making sure you are not violating any of his words. If you do this, you very much increase your chances getting your prayers answered.
If you are sure you practicing all of the words in the “contract” of the Lord but it seems like still you are not getting an answer, there is another “clause” in the contract which may be contributing to a delayed answer, and we will now look at it:
2. You are breaching an additional “clause” in the Biblical contract: God’s will.
Let us look into 1 John 5:14, which states:
“14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him”.
This is the second reason that may be contributing to your lack of an answer. I have seen many Christians that just want things that are not according to the will of the Lord. Let me give an extreme example. Suppose you are a woman and you have just started to develop feelings for other women. You may say, “how can something like love be bad?, #lovehasnogender, etc, etc” in an attempt to justify your sin. Careful! If you want anything that is not according to his will, you can be assured that this is a bad thing(regardless if it seems a “pure” and “innocent” desire).
In order to know our beautiful Lord’s will you need to make sure to study, study, study and do some more studying to acquire Biblical knowledge into what are the ways the Lord wants you to act, which are stated in the Bible for us. He has left nothing to doubt, and He has shown us in his Word how he wants humans to act in almost any situation. You may be asking something that is already in there.
3. Losing persistency. Just await an answer like the persistent like the Biblical Widow!
This one is for those who are already being careful with reasons 1 and 2.
*If you are absolutely sure that you are keeping your end of the Biblical “bargain” by abiding by the first two “clauses”(stated above) of the Biblical contract,
Then the Lord meant this one Bible verse for you and your prayers: Luke 18 and the Parable of the Persistent Widow:
4For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
In this parable, our beautiful Lord is definitely reminding the sinless Christians that are already faithful and keeping their end of the bargain(and still not receiving an answer) to HOLD on. That He WILL give us an answer(like the Widow in the parable) even if it takes a little longer. Glory to him.
God never fails to answer prayers. Trust me. He’s answered many prayers in my life.
Therefore, keep in mind the “clauses” of the Biblical contract that I have just outlined for you.
In conclusion, remember the specific desires of the Lord are the only thing that matters, and He has placed those in our Biblical contract. If we abide by those, He will be pleased with us. Beloved Christians, we have a faithful God who is even more faithful than humans and anything they could do.
You would obviously think that companies like Apple or Google adhere to the contracts that they set right? Obviously. In our case as Christians, with the Lord it is even better. We have to remember that we have a Lord that is faithful 100% of the time.