Last week we learned there were five things that could block our prayers from being heard: Unforgiveness, the Lack of Fasting, Wrong Motives, Bitterness and Faithlessness. There are just four more possibilities to round out that list:
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; (Luke 18:1 KJV) Jesus was teaching the disciples to be persistent in prayer. Prayer is not some magical instant fix for your problems. It is our way of communicating with God who moves in supernatural ways on our behalf. No matter how hopeless the situation may appear—keep praying about it. You might miss the answer by getting off your knees too soon or not being persistent enough. Get Hannah’s attitude Pray Until Something Happens. (1 Samuel 1:9-28) In other words, PUSH until you get your breakthrough in prayer.
Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore. (Isaiah 59:1-2 NLT) Unconfessed or secret sins not only separate us from God, but prevent Him from hearing our prayers. This is why the scriptures tell us to Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, (Acts 3:19 NIV) A refreshing, restoration, revelation an answered prayer.
“Son of man, these leaders have set up idols in their hearts. They have embraced things that will make them fall into sin. Why should I listen to their requests? (Ezekiel 14:3) We setup idols in our hearts. Everything from our possessions to cell phones, and so many things in between they are too numerous to mention. An idol is defined as an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship. Idols can also be described as anything we love more than God—that draws us further away from Him. I like to refer to them as “Time Bandits”. You know, Time Bandits have you playing games on your cellphone or computer instead of being in prayer. Or have you so busy idolizing your home or car that you forgot Who to thank for these things. When returning back to Bethel, the place where Jacob first found God; he gave his family these instructions: “Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone.” (Genesis 35:2-3) Notice Jacob acknowledged God answering him in the day of his distress.
Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.” (Daniel 10:12-14) Daniel had been fasting and praying for 21 days and received no answer because the enemy held up his answer in spiritual battle so the archangel Michael had to come assist the other angel to overcome the enemy in order for Daniel to receive the answer concerning his vision. We do not see the spiritual warfare around us, but the implication remains the same. Sometimes your prayers are being held up—notice they were heard since the first day.
Now we can better understand this scripture: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phillipians 4:6-7 NIV)
In a believer’s life prayer is essential and knowing that your prayers are being answered is paramount. Jesus was so saturated with prayer …, And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me. (John 11:41-42 NKJV)
And we should desire to be able to say the same thing when we pray.
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