“Unanswered Prayers”

Thought for Today: Unanswered Prayers

You are in a season of your life where you are waiting for God to answer your prayers. You have grabbed the Word of God, and you have prayed according to the Word of God, and there is still no answer to your prayers. The question of “Why won’t God answer my prayers?” begins to flood your mind.

The world, your flesh, and the devil begin to flood your mind with reasons why your prayers have not been answered. “You did this, and you did that. You said this, and you said that. You went here, and you went there.” 

There are many reasons why some prayers are not answered, too many to name them all. But I hear the spirit of the Lord saying that many of His children’s prayers are not answered because they are not being real with Him.   

Even though there is only one verse in the Word of God where the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, in Luke 11:1, all throughout the Word of God there are many lessons on prayer. 

Remember, prayer is simply communicating with God. When you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you were given direct access to God the Father. You do not need to talk to the saints that have gone home to glory and have them talk to God on your behalf. You do not need to get the pastor to talk to God for you because you think that he/she has a direct connection with God that you don’t have. 

You can talk to God for yourself. Did you hear me? I will say it again: You can talk to God FOR YOURSELF. “I don’t know about that, Pastor Erick. I am not close to God like you, or I don’t know the scriptures well enough to pray.” You have believed the lie of the devil, which told you that you have to know the scriptures to pray. Yes, it would help to know the scriptures to pray the will of God for your life, but it does not prevent you from praying if you don’t know the scriptures. The only requirement that is needed to pray (communicate with the Father) is that you must accept the fact that Jesus paid the wages of sin, which is death, and you accept that He was buried in a tomb and rose on the third day, and now sits at the right hand of God the Father. That, my brothers and sisters, is the only requirement needed to talk to God for yourself. Don’t take my word for it, here, take a look at what the Word of God says about you (yes you) having the ability to talk to God, yourself. 

Ephesians 2:18 says, “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace. And that he (Jesus the Christ) might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby; And came and preached peace to you which were afar off and to them that were nigh. FOR THROUGH HIM (Jesus the Christ) WE BOTH (this means you) HAVE ACCESS BY ONE SPIRIT UNTO THE FATHER.” 

This Word is saying that it does not matter if you are close to God or far from God, when Jesus is your Lord and Savior you have direct access to God the Father for yourself. 

Out of all the prayers in the scriptures that teach us how to pray, there is one prayer that Jesus taught us to pray. In this prayer, the one thing Jesus taught us to have our prayers answered was this: BE HONEST WITH GOD.  When you talk to God, don’t just tell Him what you think He wants to hear. When you talk to God, don’t just tell God the things that are right. When you talk to God, be honest with Him.

The reason why so many prayers go unanswered is because we are not honest with God. If you are scared, tell God you are scared. If you are mad, tell God you are mad. If you are confused, tell God you are confused. If you are hurt, tell God you are hurt. If you are frustrated, tell God you are frustrated. 

Don’t just tell God what you think He wants to hear and expect your prayers to be answered. The one thing Jesus taught us when He prayed to the Father was this, in His humanity He was not afraid to be honest with Father. He did not try to hide His true feelings.

For it is written, “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, sit ye here while I go pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee and begin to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them. My soul is exceeding sorrowful even unto death; tarry here and watch with me. And he went a little farther and fell on his face and prayed saying O MY FATHER, IF IT BE POSSIBLE, LET THIS CUP PASS FROM ME (I don’t feel like going through this): nevertheless (but I know I can’t live this life by my feelings) not as I will, but as thou will be done” (Matthew 26:36-39)

If you truly want God to answer your prayers, be honest with Him. When you are honest with God, it gives Him permission to come in and answer your prayers how He sees fit. For God will never force His way of answering prayers on anyone. Be honest with God and watch more of your prayers get answered.

Be Blessed
Erick Young