By Jerome Baker
It is important to realize that God answers prayer. The Word of God is full of promises and proof that our God hears the cries of the righteous. However, there are some prayers that do not get answered and it can be discouraging and at times disappointing. We are commanded to pray without ceasing, but make sure your prayers are pleasing! Here are three reasons prayers go unanswered.
1. You missed the mark
It’s one thing to ask for something, but its another thing to ask the right way. Some prayers go unanswered because they are not according to God’s Word. Whenever you pray for something in contrast to God’s Word, forget it, that prayer will not produce results. Ask, but ask confidently and in faith according to God’s Word.
James 1:4 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
1 John 5:14-15 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
2. Make up your mind
Anytime you pray and believe then you begin to become skeptical and anxious, forget it! That prayer is going unanswered. This is called being double minded. Don’t switch up your faith when a move of God seems delayed. Believe. Don’t waddle in pity when it seems like God didn’t hear you. Keep believing. Let your mind be as the mind of Christ and trust that God will move at the right time and work everything out for your good.
James 1:7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
3. Fearful instead of faithful
Faith pleases God. When we operate in fear, a spirit which God did not give us, you might as well answer the prayer yourself because fear doesn’t move God. Living in the spirit of fear, worry, doubt, and unbelief can cause prayers to go unanswered. Don’t you know that God is bigger than any problem you are facing, so why fear? Cast fear out and stand in faith knowing that God is able to answer your prayer in the time of trouble.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
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© Copyright 2015 Jerome Baker Jerome Baker is the author of “Success Killers” and “Watch Who Hang With”, and the youth pastor at his church in Carrollton, Georgia.
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