Showing posts from June, 2017

Why Are My Prayers Not Answered? – Part III

We have seen that our prayers can be hindered by unconfessed sin and unforgiveness in our hearts. This week I would like you to see that our prayers can also be hindered by disregard for God’s Word.
If we have no concern for God’s Word that He has lovingly given to us how can we expect Him to listen to us.
Proverbs 28:9 – “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”
Here God has given us the Bible so that we might be able to read it and abide by it to keep ourselves from harm. Yet many times we look at it and disregard its teachings wanting to live life our own way. Then when we get in a pickle and mess of our own making we expect God to bail us out of our blatant sin.
According to the verse above such an attitude and action is an abomination to the Lord. It is not just that your prayer will not be heard or not answered, but the very words of such a prayer will be an abomination. That is very strong language. Whenever the word abomination is…

Why are my Prayers not Answered? - Part II

As we continue to look at this subject of unanswered prayers we will also see that our prayers can be hindered by a spirit of unforgiveness in our hearts. Just like we saw how unconfessed sin can drive a wedge between us and our Saviour, so can an attitude of unforgiveness.
Mark 11:25 – “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
When you are praying and an issue comes up in your mind about another brother or sister that you just cannot forgive, you need to stop in your tracts and get that right with your fellow brethren. God has forgiven us so much in our own personal life that He simply cannot allow us to harbor bitter feelings and a spirit of unforgiveness in our heart toward fellow Christians. God has forgiven us of everything so if we harbor harsh attitudes toward people God has already completely forgiven of everything, we are only hurting ourselves. Bitterness is a solution that wil…

Why are my Prayers not Answered? - Part I

Prayer is very powerful when a human heart is yielded to the all-powerful God of this universe. Many times, however, we can feel that our prayers are not being heard or answered. We end up going through a “dry spell” spiritually in our relationship with the Lord and wonder “why?”
The truth is that the prayers we pray are always heard and answered. They may not be answered in the way we thought they should have been, but they have been answered and heard. If go through times we feel this is not the case it is probably due to some hindrances in our own personal lives.
One hindrance I would like to look at today is the hindrance of unconfessed sin in our lives. If we are going through a spell where our prayers feel like they are bouncing off a brick wall we need to look at ourselves internally, and see if there is some unconfessed sin we have been unwilling to give up.
Psalm 66:18 – “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”
The term regard in that verse is talking abou…