Prayer and Duct Tape – Unanswered Prayer

Posted: July 31, 2011 in Prayer and Duct Tape

This was due on Friday but other task consumed the day. So as they say, “better late than never.”

6. Don’t know how to pray – Luke 11:1 “…Lord, teach us to pray…”

Perhaps i lack effectiveness in prayer because i don’t completely know or understand what the scriptures teach about prayer. Jesus gave His disciples an outline for prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. i have taken time to study it. Other passages teach that prayer is primarily to be a private, intimate time
with the Lord (Matt. 6:6), to be intermingled with praise and thanksgiving (Acts 16:25, Phil. 4:6).

Times of fasting with prayer are beneficial to strengthen my faith and power in prayer (Acts 14:23, 1 Cor. 7:5). Jesus often went to secluded places to spend prolonged periods in prayer (Luke 6:12, Matt. 4:2).

7. Lack of Faith – Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

i cannot please God without faith. Prayer is not merely “begging” from God. It is “believing” God and His Word! Faith will come forth and grow as i devote my attention to the Word of God (Romans 10:17). my faith can also be “built up,” by praying in the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20). Faith is believing from the moment you pray it to the moment you recieve it.

8. Misunderstanding of Faith – 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.”

i understand that faith is believing in the reality of things, even though i cannot see them (Heb. 11:1). Jesus said that “when” you pray, you must believe that you “receive” your answer at that moment. The word, “receive” comes from the Greek word, LAMBANO, which means “to receive now” (present tense). He then says we will “have” them. “Have” comes from, ESOMAI, which means “to possess later” (future tense). So, when i pray i must believe in the finished results of my prayer, and i will eventually experience the tangible results sometime later.

9. Wavering faith – James 1:6-7 “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;”

On occasion i allow every “wind” of feelings or circumstances to influence or discourage my faith. i go back and forth, like the waves tossed about in the sea. One day i believe, but the next, i’m ready to give up, and so forth. In these times i base my faith on my feelings or emotions instead of God’s Word. When i waver in my faith i cannot expect to receive “anything of the Lord.” my faith must become stable, steadfast, and consistent to receive from God.

10. Failure to apply spiritual Authority – Mark 11:23 “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”

There are times that some prayers may not get far until i incorporate the spoken authority of the name of Jesus. The reason for this is that the problems i face may “sometimes” be a product of an evil spiritual origin. As Paul writes, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12). In such cases, my prayers may need to engage in what is called “spiritual warfare” to obtain results.

The need for this type of prayer is most obvious whenever Christians deal directly with demonic activity. For this evil operation to cease, my prayers need to include the exercise of spiritual authority against the devil in the name of Jesus, commanding him to leave (Acts 16:18). Therefore, as Jesus indicated, there will be times that we may need to literally speak to mountains (symbolic of obstacles and problems) and tell them to move in Jesus’ name.

11. Lack of Perseverance – Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Probably the greatest reason that some prayers go unanswered is because i give-up praying and believing before i receive my answer. As long as i have the promise of God’s Word, be patient and persistent – keep believing, and don’t quit, no matter how long it takes! God has a “due season” when He will bring the answer to pass.

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