I said I MIGHT write a second post on why your prayers are not been answered many weeks ago. Over the past weeks, I have been jotting points on these reasons on my ipad and I have seen the need to share these points with you. I don’t know who it will bless and encourage and I don’t know who will bless me with his/her take on the issue of prayers.
Last time, I started talking about faith. Oh, how I love the topic of faith. The topic of faith gets my spirit all geared up because I know how terrible life is without having faith and I know how it is sometimes difficult to have faith and hope against hope like Abraham, the father of faith. I said faith is the bedrock of any and everything and I have learnt from reading the bible and listening to Bishop TD Jakes’s messages and Pastor Aduloju’s messages that you will never receive anything from God without faith. In Matthew 11 : 22, the bible says: ‘And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, BELIEVING, ye shall receive’. Notice the word, BELIEVING. I love the English dictionary’s definition of believe. It says ‘TO ACCPET AS TRUE, PARTICULARLY WIHTOUT EMPIRICAL KNOWLEGDE’. Empirical knowledge are the things your five senses can detect, but how do you believe when you can’t see or hear? I will tell you, you can believe because ‘what you see with your eyes open will not last’ according to Pastor Olumide Isiawve. You have faith in the supernatural, in the invisible who drops the answers to your request to your spirit man. So you see it first in the spiritual before you see it in the physical and if you allow yourself to be discouraged by what you see in the physical, what you saw with your eyes closed will never be seen with open eyes. ‘Without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is the rewarder of them that diligently seek him’ (Hebrews 11: 6). Can you see that you cannot possibly please God without faith and darling, if you can’t please God, how do you expect to move his hands?
The plain truth is, if you prayed and don’t believe it will be answered; you wasted your time praying. When Jesus cured the lunatic son of a man whom his disciples couldn’t heal, he turned to his disciples and told them they could not do it because of their unbelief. He then told them that if they believed, they could tell a mountain to move and it would (He said the same mountain thing in Matthew 17: 16, Mark 9: 14 – 29. See how important faith is!). He went ahead to tell them that could only happen through prayer and fasting. So you see, it is possible to change your story through prayer and fasting, but it if you are the best prayer warrior and you can fast for days, but you don’t believe before you see, you wasted your time. There is faith and there is PERSISTENT FAITH. Persistent faith is what will keep making you send prayers to heaven even when you don’t receive. It’s an uncommon faith which Jesus commented about (Luke 18: 1- 8). You can never be persistent if you don’t believe. I need to move on from faith before it eats all the words.
There are some times that you will pray and not receive although God has already answered your prayer. We saw that with Daniel. If you start reading from Daniel 9, you would see that Daniel prayed and fasted to God to plead for mercy and forgiveness for their sins. He did this for three weeks as we can see in chapter 10, but did not receive the answer to his prayers. He became weak and frustrated as a result of this. It is very interesting to see in verse 12 of chapter 10 that God already heard and answered Daniel’s prayers from the very first day he prayed, yet he didn’t get it because the prince of Persia withstood the angel. This personally teaches me that sometimes delay happen. It doesn’t mean God is not listening and there is this confidence I have, that delay does not equal denial and if God is going to answer, no force can stop it. When I am getting delays and my faith is wearing thin, and I don’t know if it will come through, I stock my heart with Habakkuk 2: 3 which says, ‘FOR THE VISION IS YET FOR AN APPOINTED TIME, BUT AT THE END IT SHALL SPEAK, AND NOT LIE; THOUGH IT TARRY, WAIT FOR IT; BECAUSE IT WILL SURELY COME, IT WILL NOT TARRY’. I just love the word ‘SURELY’. So no matter how long the delay is for, it will SURELY come if God’s hand has released it. In the next verse, it says the just shall live by faith. So you need faith for the surely to be sure in your life. You need faith to wait for it, but if you don’t believe, though the answer has been dispatched, the prince of Persia will always hold your angel until you learn to never stop praying which stems from a belief in the ability of God.
Never forget God does not always give you what you want, but he will always give you what you need. Especially if he needs to stir you towards the direction of the purpose he has called you for. Also know that no matter the delay or denial, God’s grace is more than sufficient to sustain you. May everything good come to you!
I am sorry for the long article. I will have to write a final post on this topic. I told you the topic of prayer is very broad. I pray your faith does not fail you and you stand strong no matter what.0