walk in the word
Do you ever feel like your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling? Ever wonder if your prayers are getting through to God? Believe me, you’re not alone. We’ve all been there—but it doesn’t have to be that way. We can stir God to action with our prayers.
However, it’s not a given. Too often our prayers don’t touch God’s heart. The result? He doesn’t act on our behalf. What we often fail to realize is that we are the ones preventing God from being moved to answer our prayers. We put up barriers in our relationship with Him, and unfortunately it’s quite common.
Now don’t misunderstand me. I’m definitely not suggesting that we can somehow put God in a box. We can’t. That is man-centered, humanistic theology, and it is not what the Bible teaches. What I am suggesting, though, is that if there’s a problem in prayer—if your requests are not being answered regularly, specifically, sometimes very dramatically and supernaturally—the problem is not God; the problem is you. We need to dispense with the notion that we’re the ones willing to make this prayer thing work, while God’s reluctant. The reverse is true: God is ready and willing to make this prayer thing work. We’re the problem.
Unanswered prayer is not some mysterious, inexplicable problem. James 5:15-16 is key to understanding this essential truth. It says, “And the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”
Notice three central elements in these verses. First, you must pray in faith believing that God will answer. Second, your prayers must be effective (or fervent as the NKJV says). Your prayers cannot be effective if you have barriers between you and God. Third, you must be a righteous person. If you are not living according to the Lord’s commands, your prayers will be hindered. Fully understanding these truths is essential to experiencing the victorious and dynamic prayer life that God wants you to have.
God has made some incredible promises about prayer in His Word. Growing up, I was taught to distrust them. These promises weren’t for us; they were only for the apostles, or for other people in other places at other times—or so I was told. I now know that to be false teaching. God’s promises about prayer are for you and for me today. Here’s just a sampling:
The Father longs to answer your prayers in amazing ways. Are you standing in His way? Are you hindering Him from answering you? Get on God’s program, and get ready to experience a supernatural breakthrough in your prayer life!
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