Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top 10 reasons for unanswered prayer

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There are times we will be full of questions in our mind that why didn't God answer our prayer? Although there are many reasons that God won't answer our prayer, there some reasons that we can find it from the bible. We will focus on the top 10 reasons why our prayers remain unanswered.
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1. Refusing to hear the truth

    If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his 
    prayer is an abomination.
                         (Prov. 28:9)

   Have you even experience someone who knows that what
   are asking for is not the will of God? But they make such a  
   prayer anyway. Why ? They want something so bad that   
   they didn't even care whether it is the will of God or not. This
   kind of prayer never can stand under the truth of God's
   word.

 2. Tempting or provoking God

     But the LORD was angry with me because of you and  
     would not listen to me.And the LORD said to me, 'Enough
     from you; do not speak to me of this matter again.
                                                                   (Dt. 3:26)

     Once God have already said a final "no " about an issue,
     we better not to ask anymore.Look at Moses and you will 
     know that.

 3. Lack of charity or love to others

     Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself 
     call out and not be answered.
                              (Prov. 21:13)

      How can we expect God to hear us if we didn't even open
      our ear to hear the cry from the needy?


4. Lack of humility

    If my people who are called by my name humble
    themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their
    wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive
    their sin and heal their land. 
                       (2 Chron. 7:14)

    There are times we just want to think that God needs to
    answer everything we ask even when we have failed Him. 
    We didn't know that we really have to humble before the
    Lord and ask for His forgiveness and have mercy on us. 

 5. A hardened heart

    They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear
    the law and the words that the LORD of hosts had sent by
    his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great
    anger came from the LORD of hosts. "As I called, and they
    would not hear, so they called,and I would not hear," says
    the LORD of hosts.
        (Zech. 7:12, 13)

    We need to obey God's word at all times and bow down
    before Him. Someone had a hardened heart and you will
    never forget what happened to him and his kingdom. His
    name ------ Pharaoh of Egypt.

 6. Forsaking God

     and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Hear me,
     Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The LORD is with you
     while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by
     you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.
                                                       (2 Chron.15:2)

     We should always seek God's face and not forsaken His
     word if we want to see the result in our prayer life.

 7. Praying a miss (wrong motives)

      You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to
      spend it on your passions.
                            (James 4:3)
   
      We need to examine our own motive before we seek The
      Lord in prayer . For the Lord knows our heart and our
      motive and nothing can be hidden before Him. We can
      even deceive ourselves but not to God.We can fill in all
      the beautiful words of the Universe in our prayer, but a
      wrong motive can never move God to answer our prayer.

 8. Regarding iniquity

     If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not
     have listened.
         (Ps. 66:18)

     It is important to clear all the rubbish things in our mind
     before we start to ask God for anything. If our heart is right
     with God and stay in purity, no obstacles can block our
     prayer to heaven.

 9. Unbelief

     He said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly, I
     say to you, if you have faith like a 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."
                                                                  (Mt. 17:20) 
     
     And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor,
     except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his
     own household." And he could do no mighty work there,
     except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and
     healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief.
     And he went about among the villages teaching. (Mk. 6:4-6)

    We need to ask God to build up our faith all the times and
    God will always train us with His way. Sometimes, it is not
    an easy training, but it helps us to grow in our prayer life.
    When faith is build up, sometimes it is just as tiny as a
    mustard seed, we can move the mountain with this tiny but
    pure faith.

 10. Sin

       We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if
       anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God
       listens to him.
           (John 9:31)

       Sin is the major obstacle that we really have to deal with
       if we want our prayer experience an answer from heaven.

Conclusion:

       God wants to answer our prayer all the time and He wants
       to answer our prayer all the times if we can pray 
       according to His will. What is His will? It is all in the Bible.
       If we can pray according to the words of God by faith. 
       And if we can examined our hearts and motive and get
       right with God. We can be so confidence that our prayer
       will be answered according to God's timing. Amen.

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