When we pray, we all expect answers but at times we don’t really get the kind of result we want due to certain reasons. This post, discusses some of the reasons why prayers are not being answered:
SIN: This remains the major reason why people don’t get answers when they pray. The scriptures said, ‘Behold the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that It cannot hear; But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you that He will not hear'[Isaiah 59:1-2]. For your prayers to be answered, you need to ask God for mercy and also live a righteous life because ‘The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much'[James 5:16].
PRAYING AMISS: God doesn’t give us what we want. Instead, He gives us what we need. Most times, the things you want are those things that are capable of destroying you but God doesn’t want you destroyed and as such, He won’t give those things. The scriptures said, ‘Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your lust'[James 4:3].
YOUR HEART: Most people only seek God in times of trouble which means they do not have a perfect heart. The bible said, ‘Draw near unto God and He will draw near unto you,…purify your hearts ye double mined'[James 4:8]. When God views your heart with His Heartometre and sees that you would go back to your sinful ways as soon as He answers you, He would be left no choice other than to turn down your request.
UNBELIEF: Without faith, it is impossible to please God and if you don’t please God, do not expect anything from Him. The bible recorded, ‘The prayer of faith shall save the sick…and if he had committed sin, they shall be forgiven'[James 5:15], also, ‘And Stephen full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracle among the people'[Acts 6:8].
UNPAID VOWS AND TITHE: ‘When thou vowest unto God, defer not to pay it. It is better you never vowed than to defer. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin, neither say you vowed by mistake wherefore God be angry and destroy the works of your hand'[Ecclesiastes 5:4-6]. ‘Will a man rob God? Ye have robbed me in tithes and in offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse…'[Malachi 3:8-9]. If you don’t pay your tithe, you give the devil opportunity to steal from you through various tribulations but when yours God blesses you.
I hope all these would help you in building up your prayer life as a christian.
Know of anymore hinderances? Please drop them in the comment box. God bless you.