Reasons Prayers are Not Answered (2)

Reasons Prayers are Not Answered (2)

Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines…
– Song of Solomon 2:15

b) Not Knowing the Required Principles:

The second way ignorance robs us of our breakthroughs is by not knowing the appropriate thing to do to get what we want. We have often heard that God operates by principles. And, truly, the Bible is replete with passages that hinge the attainment of certain blessing on the fulfillment of one condition or another. These are indicators of what it takes to get such blessings.

For instance, someone who desires financial prosperity may not attain it by prayer and fasting alone. That is like taking soporifics to cure stomach ache. The Bible is very clear on what it takes to be financially prosperous; it is by giving and adhering to the counsel of God.

Another example is someone who desires power (the ability to control or influence happenings both in the spiritual and the physical), but who is not given to constant fasting and praying, such person is only deluding himself. She may not have it; no matter how great she can sing, give or how committed she may be in the church. The list of “what to do” to get specific “what” is endless.

That is why it is good for us to be devoted to studying our Bible; for, apart from the primary benefit of availing us the knowledge of God, it also contains all the instructions we need for life as well as the relevant principles needed to obtain various good things we desire in life. But most people don’t seem to know this, which is why they use the wrong approach to achieve the right end, and thereby end up not getting the desired result.

The Bible says in Hosea 4:14c “people who do not understand will be trampled.” Ignorance is the major cause of most of our sufferings.

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Reasons Prayers are Not Answered (1)

Reasons Prayers are Not Answered (1)

Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines…
– Song of Solomon 2:15

Truly, the Bible says, “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). However, we all know that this is not always the case. There are many times we might have fervently asked, sought, and knocked at the door of God or man for one thing or the other without being granted.

For the next few days, we will be looking at reasons some of our prayers and services to God are neither answered nor rewarded:

1. Ignorance

The first reason some of our prayers are not answered is because of our ignorance. The LORD says in Hosea 4:6a that ‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge’. While most of us know this scripture very well and quote it quite often in our discourse, we nonetheless fall victim to its veracity. It is amazing to see the zest with which we go all out to seek something, and then how we truncate our own efforts or chances of getting it by our actions or inactions, done in ignorance. There are two ways ignorance robs us of rewards and answered prayers.

a) Self-sabotage: Oftentimes, we are diligent in our supplications to God about something and even do all we could to ensure that we get our heart’s desire. But little carelessness in a seemingly unrelated or unimportant matter may foil our chances of getting what we have long sought the face of God for. A wrong thought, a wrong statement, a wrong action, or a wrong indulgence entertained when it did not seem to matter can prevent our much sought-after blessing from being delivered to us.

We all know that the earth is spherical in shape. However, what is not general knowledge is the fact that life itself is cyclical. What this means is that even as the earth orbits or goes round and round, so do our thoughts, words and actions revolve around the ultimate entity that is our being. Therefore, there is nothing like “it does not matter”, “it does not affect…”, “it does not relate to…” or “it is not important to…” in the cycle of life. Every single thought, word, and action impacts on our state of being at any point in time.

Nurturing evil thoughts and intentions towards someone, saying the wrong thing to or about someone, or doing wrong to someone may not seem to be connected to what we are seeking the face of God (or man) for, but the truth is they in fact affect it and may be the reason we do not get our desire at times.

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Prints of Elbows

Prints of Elbows

Prints of Elbows

I was but a youth and thoughtless,
As all youths are apt to be;
Though I had a Christian mother
Who had taught me carefully.

There came a time when pleasure
Of the world came to allure,
And I no more sought the guidance
Of her love so good and pure.

Her tender admonitions fell
But lightly on my ear,
And for the gentle warnings
I felt an inward sneer.

But Mother would not yield her boy
To Satan’s sinful sway,
And though I spurned her counsel
She knew a better way.

She made my room an altar,
A place of secret prayer,
And there she took her burden
And left it in His care.

And morning, noon and evening
By that humble bedside low,
She sought the aid of Him who
Understands a mother’s woe.

And I went my way unheeding,
Careless of the life I led,
Until one day I noticed
Prints of elbows on my bed.

Then I saw that she had been there
Praying for her wayward boy,
Who for love of worldly pleasure
Would her peace of mind destroy.

Long the conflict raged within me,
Sin against my Mother’s prayers,
Sin must yield – for Mother never
While she daily met Him there.

And her constant love and patience
Were like coals upon my head,
Together with the imprints
Of her elbows on my bed.
And so at last the fight was won,
And I to Christ was led,
And Mother’s prayers were answered
By her elbows on my bed.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, Till my change comes. – Job 14:14

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Snakes on the Plane

Snakes on the Plane

Snakes on the Plane

Having problems is not a problem but rather a lesson.

Venomous snakes were being ferried from Africa to Europe in a plane. Unfortunately, the person who packed the snakes forgot to lock the box in which the snakes were put. Once the plane had taken off and responding to the movement of the plane, the snakes found their way out of the box. Passengers in the plane could see various snakes on the isle. They screamed, some fainted and the brave ones sought refuge wherever they could within the plane.

The airhostess ran to the pilot to inform him of this scary incident. The pilot quickly informed the air controllers on the ground.

“We are very sorry”, says his boss. “We forgot to lock the box where we put the snakes. They are indeed some of the most poisonous snakes in the world. So where can I land? Please advise me before passengers are bitten”, asks the shaky pilot.

“No do not land, stay there for a minute, let me think”, advises the boss. Surely, this sounds like stupid advice to the impatient pilot. But he has to follow the orders. A minute is too long for someone faced with such trouble he thinks. But he has to follow orders.

After a minute, the boss contacts him. “At what altitude are you flying? He asks.

“300”, says the pilot. “Go higher”, advises the boss. “But the snakes will….” Before he finishes his sentence the boss bellows “I said go higher!”.

He complies.

“Now what’s your altitude?” Asks the boss. “500.66”, answers the shaken pilot

“Go higher”

“But sir…”

“I said go higher captain.” He complies.

By now the snakes are all over the plane, even one male member of the cabin crew collapses. It is unbearable. A few have been bitten and have instantly died. But still, the majority keeps on seeking refugee.

“Now captain, keep on going higher”, says the boss. The pilot complies and keeps on going higher and higher. “Now what’s your altitude?” asks the pilot. “I am reaching 1200”, replies the pilot. “Now I am on 1200”, he says quickly.

“Now stay there. Tell the cabin crew that at this altitude the snakes are now harmless. They can just pick them up with their hands and return them to the box and this time they should not forget to lock.” advises the boss.

This is true. One cabin crew member tries holding one snake. It is numb and harmless. Soon it is a game within the plane with passengers, some for the first time holding snakes in their hands and returning them to the box. “Look at this black mamba, it was really after me. Now I can even throw it and catch it like a ball”, says one passenger.

This was the end of the seemingly dangerous ordeal in the plane. Even those who had fainted were resuscitated.

Now what is the lesson of the story?

In this life, the snakes or problems will follow you. However, there is need for you to increase your altitude in prayer. And surely, there is a certain point in praying that you reach and this is the point when even the most seemingly unconquerable problems are defeated; they lose power. In the Name of GOD.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. – Psalm 61:2

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Then Why Don’t We Pray?

Then Why Don’t We Pray?

The highest privilege ever afforded to man is the power of prayer.
…then why don’t we pray?

The right to talk to the highest potentate in all the universe…
…then why don’t we pray?

The most powerful force accessible to man is the potential of prayer…
…then why don’t we pray?

The greatest longing in the heart of God is to talk to His children…
…then why don’t we pray?

Nothing is impossible to those who pray…
…then why don’t we pray?

No man ever fainted or faltered who gave himself to prayer…
…then why don’t we pray?

Every sin is forgiven, every stain is washed clean, all guilt diminished to
the man who prays…
…then why don’t we pray?

Hell moves farther away, satan flees from the man who prays…
…then why don’t we pray?

Anointing will come, mountains will be moved, valleys made smooth, rivers
made crossable, the inaccessible made accessible, the impossible made
possible, dreams come through to the man who prays…
…then why don’t we pray?

Jesus said that men ought always to pray…
…then why don’t we pray?

Paul encouraged prayer without ceasing…
…then why don’t we pray?

The riches of heaven are open to those who pray in His name…
…then why don’t we pray?

Everyone can pray, the young, the old, the rich, the poor, the strong, the
weak, the child, the aged, the sinner, the prisoner, in any nation, in any
language, all can pray…
…then why don’t we pray?

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart. – Luke 18:1

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Jelly Beans Prayer

Jelly Beans Prayer

Have you heard the story of the jelly beans?

The black ones are a symbol of our sinful heart, cold and hard not a good start.

The red ones would be the blood shed for you and me.

The white ones would mean washed white as snow, by the blood of Jesus do you know?

The green ones mean growth for our clean heart, so we can tell others of Jesus, now that’s a good start.

The yellow ones would mean streets of gold, like the ones in Heaven, as in the book of Revelation are told.

The purple ones are to mean like the robe He wore, when our sins on the cross He bore.

So the next time you see a bag of jelly beans, you will know what the colors mean.

– Another Version –

* RED * is for the blood He gave.
* GREEN * is for the grass He made.
* YELLOW * is for the sun so bright.
* ORANGE * is for the edge of night.
* BLACK * is for the sins we made.
* WHITE * is for the grace He gave.
* PURPLE * is for His hour of sorrow.
* PINK * is for our new tomorrow.

A bag full of jelly beans colorful and sweet,
Is a prayer,
is a promise,
is a very special treat.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. – Matthew 5:8

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