A great number of people, including the rich, have experienced devastation in one aspect of their lives: many people are still experiencing devastations that do not allow them to measure up to social standards.
Some people could work and not get paid; some aspire to do things but lack the abilities and all efforts to use available means always prove abortive; some cannot even locate any solution to the challenges of their lives.
Then, this poses the question of whether ‘God really answers prayers’ – in the minds of the majority.
In Psalm 65:1-4, there was a confession that read, “O God, it is right for us to praise you in Zion and keep our promises to you, because you answer prayers. People everywhere will come to you on account of their sins. Our faults defeat us, but you forgive them. Happy are those whom you choose, whom you bring to live in your sanctuary. We shall be satisfied with the good things of your house, the blessings of your sacred Temple”. TEV.
God’s Kingdom principles do not change, but our faults defeat us…
From the scriptures, above, one should note that ‘sin’ was mentioned as something that defeats people.
Sins cause our prayers to be of no effect and blockade our prayers from God. The reason many people do not receive answers to their prayers is ‘sin’, because no one – born of God sins, 1 John 5:18. Sin only brings reproach to many people: whereas, righteousness exalts a nation, Prov 14:34.
There is another thing, worthy of note, which could hinder answer to prayers. It is the test of faith. The Bible made us to know that God knows our strength and weaknesses, as such, He does not want to give what might cause His children to fall-short of their salvation: hence, He causes their trials, temptations, and challenges to bring out the best in them before the answers to their prayers are finally released, James 1:2-4.
Other things that could cause hindrances to answers of our prayers (also) are principalities and powers; spiritual wickedness in high places. This third reason of why answers to prayers are delayed could interfere with the life of any person. They lack respect; they categorise everyone (to be meat for their food) except those that they have tried and found nothing to hold against them; and they are relentless.
Notwithstanding, those who put their trust in God (absolutely) will be able to upturn the manipulations of the devil and his agents into their favour. This principalities and powers are known for accusing people before God, as well as, stirring God’s anger against a person by making him/her to commit sins so that God will punish the person who sins: once God is angry with a person, this set of hindrance may have a upper hand over the life of that person.
How do we know that God answers prayers? …for us to put our trust in Him the more
One lecturer at the LIFE Theological Seminary, Ikorodu, Lagos-Nigeria, Dr. Bukola Oluwagbemiga, asked a question in order to motivate his students to have faith in God.
“How many of you had received answers to your needs without even praying but by mere thinking about those needs?” He asked and the whole class signified by raising their hands. This tells us that God already knows what we need. It is just that any of the three reasons listed above may be responsible for the delay of answers to ‘your’ prayers.
Jesus Christ also confirmed to us that God, our Father, in Heaven knows of all that we need. Hence, we should not be obsessed by our desires. “25, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?… 27, Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?… 30, Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?… 32, (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things”. Matt 6:25, 27, 30, 32, KJV.
God created all things in the universe: it should be noted that whatever science discovered and discovers has been in existence. Therefore, science cannot say that God does not exist: nothing came into being by itself, except God who was not created but had been in existence from eternity and will also be in existence till eternity. He can do all things.
What to do to receive answers to our prayers?
Having known the causes of delay to answers of prayers, we need to also know how we could compel answers to our prayer.
- We should forsake our sins and turn to Godfor salvation, 2 Chron 7:14.
- The Kingdom of Godshould be our primary focus,Matt 6:33.
- We should guard against the devil by protecting our salvation, jealously, Phil 2:12.
- We should be (both) the hearers and doers of the word of God, James 1:22-25.
- We should, always, commit our ways/plans into the hands of God, James 4:10.
- We should ask through the name of Jesus and with faith, John 14:9-14.
- We should be consistent in prayer, 1 Thess 5:17.
An important decision to make you in ‘sync’ with God
There are only two ways to living life: being on God’s side or being on the side of the devil. We can, gladly, tell you that it will pay you to be on God’s side by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, after which you will begin to enjoy friendship with the Holy Spirit.
Why not give it a try to see whether the Holy Spirit will truly relate with you or not? You must, however, do the prayer (below) with all sincerity of heart. “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved”. Acts 4:12, NASB
Prayer: Father thank you for saving me. I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord andSaviour; I confess that I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. Grant me the enablement to work with you, faithfully, all the days of my life. In Jesus name I prayed, amen.
We congratulate you, but, please:
- Join a church for constant fellowship.
- Get your own Bible that you can read, everyday.
- Become a worker in that church.
- Talk to people about Jesus Christ.
- Do the instructions of the Holy Spirit, especially, regarding the words ofGod (the Bible).
- Ask questions about Christian faith from available and reliable sources.
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