Christ for some time you would’ve had your own dose of lack of result or testimony to your prayer request. You are off your spiritual balance, discourage and tempted to feel God has forgotten you or shut His ears to your prayers.
Promised Land because of fear and anxiety. At another time lack of concentration do rob us of getting our prayers through to God. You will agree with me that most of us at one time or the other wandered away on our knees while praying. When that persists, it shows you are not really ready
to meet with God and surely such prayer cannot be answered.
plan), He listens to and hears us. 1 John 5:14AMP. It is God prerogative to answer prayer or not.
Prayer that gets God’s attention and an answer are those which are in accordance with His will for us at any given time according to His timetable. Jesus realizes this and he quickly added to His prayer as He prepares His journey to the cross “Not my will, but your will be done’’. Most times believers expect God to answer every self-centered and short-sighted prayer. How do you explain a ten years old child who desires a car for his birthday celebration? You are sure he will be disappointed. Peter’s prayer is that Jesus would not go to the cross; God’s plan for world’s salvation is hinged on His
death on the cross. We should know that the reason for answering our prayers is for God to get glory though we enjoy some benefits also. This often neglected barrier to answered prayer is our motive. God accuses the Israelite leader of placing their god in their heart when they approach Him for counsel.
Any prayer request with the wrong motive that will not glorify God will not be answered James 4:3. Every gift from God in term of money, children, wisdom, and sound health are meant to glorify God. A look at Gehazi’s will reveal to us that his inability to bring the dead child of the Shunammite woman will not be unconnected with ego, self-aggrandizement and the quest for personal glory as demonstrated
in his dealing with Namaan.
he has to endure several denials to his dreams including the butler that forgot him for God’s better plan to be fulfilled. God never avert the pain of the cross for a greater glory for Jesus. Jesus never turned up to heal Lazarus so that greater glory may be given to God john 11:14-15 God will not answer our request now if what we are currently desiring of Him is the least in His plan for us. When He does a thing, it must be whoa! When God answers late, He answers better. God chose not to prevent the three Hebrew boys from been thrown into the fire so he could get greater glory and promote his children Daniel 3:13-30
The girl is probably malnourished. Someone who broke down because he over-worked does not need prayer or drugs but to take a break and rest to restore his health back. One gift already at the disposal of every Christian is the wisdom and spirit of God. The miracle of the widow of the son of prophet already had her miracle of financial breakthrough oil unknowingly with her 2 King 4:1-7. A story was told of a Christian brother who fainted severally. The Pastors and some prayer warriors gathered to pray for him. After agonizing prayer, binding the devil, speaking in tongue and casting out the spirit of the death, one of
them noticed the pale face of the brother, he stopped the prayer and asked the brother if he had eaten, his response shocked them; he has not eaten for three days. The prayer was stopped and the food was given to him. The demon or spirit of death ignorantly so-called disappeared immediately. God will not do what He has given us the capacity to do. The solution to crossing the red sea is already with Moses as reflected in God’s question to Moses. Exodus 14:15. Elisha had given a prophecy and God had played His part. What remain is for the lepers to take action on their faith to go to the Syrians camp and the king and his people to act on the statement of the lepers as a confirmation of the prophet’s word.
6 When it is not God’s time:
the due time. Whenever we cut corners to get a result we end up cutting our life short just as making a woman delivered before her due date. God told Jeremiah and the exile in Babylon to plant a vineyard, get married and pray for their captor because their due day of deliverance is seventy years. Jeremiah 29:5-10.
The undoing of Abraham Gen 16:1-6 and Saul 1 Sam 13:8-14 was their failure to follow Gods’ timetable. At his own appointed time, He answers Abraham and Hannah at his own time A story was told of a king who sent his son to lead the nation’s army to battle. At a point, the young prince felt overwhelmed by the strong opposition of the enemy and casualty suffered on his side. He, therefore, sent a message home for
reinforcement. But the king instead sends the following message “I am not an inexperienced soldier as not to know when you needed a reinforcement, and I am not an uncaring father as not to send it”. The young prince summoned courage pushed the enemy back and eventually won the battle.
Author: Joseph Akinrinola
Joseph Akinrinola is a Pastor, Sunday school management coach, author, blogger, and a motivational speaker.
Joseph created this blog to help young Christians establish their
feet in Christ, and to provide Biblical time-tested answers to life’s
questions about relationship, christian living and personal development.