Have you wondered why your prayers are not being answered?
You ask, hoping to receive your answer – expecting joy in return while pondering on God’s word, but still nothing. At times it feels awkward and our attempts seem feeble. But, God longs to hear our hearts cry as we approach Him with all those minute details that weigh us down.
Developing a strong prayer life involves your time and compels you to a promise of commitment. There are no easy measures that you can select. As it requires a choice to be dedicated to developing a two-way dialogue. Along the way God impresses our hearts in ways that are unique and individual. As we plug into His power, perception and purpose. Often Christ would slip away to pray (Luke 5:16) portraying this beautiful relationship that He had with His Father. The disciples noted this and asked Christ to teach them how to pray (Matthew 6:5-15).
In considering prayers as a fundamental means of communication with God, as you contemplate this privilege – ask yourself these questions that hold the keys to unlocking an amazing prayer life to revealing God’s answers beneath and beyond His wonderful ways.
1| How is my relationship with God?
Sin prevents God from hearing our prayers (Psalms 66:18) and since we know God honours our obedience more than our sacrifice; prayer is based on our obedience to living out our faith even when everything around us contradicts this.
If there is anything that can affect your relationship with God, it can also affect your prayers to God. Because prayer is a conversation and when there are problems in our friendship with one another we can break the interaction and contact. In the same way with God we form a relationship that is intimate and accessible not for favour but because we value the friendship and love we have and receive from God.
When we remain close to God, and His words resound in our thoughts, actions and lifestyle then we can come to Him with anything and we know He will hear us (John 15:7).
2| How strong is my faith in God?
- Where do you place your faith?
- Do you believe that God is who He says He is?
- Do you trust Him?
- Do you diligently seek Him not because of any reward but because your faith is founded in His character?
- How do you think God feels when you don’t believe that He can change your circumstances irrespective of your emotional turmoil?
In the same way we might choose not to come to God today, by contrast we shelf our prayers because we don’t believe that conversing with God is of significance. However God invites us to be diligent, that means putting our heart and soul into our prayers (Hebrews 11:6). Paul reiterated the power of labouring in prayer. Where we seek God knowing He is absolutely certain of what we contend with already, before we utter a word. But, consciously desire to talk to Him because He longs for our dialogue. From the mundane to the exceptional of questions such as, ‘How are you today? What is on your mind? Why are you letting this get you down?’ After all God is the author of our very existence and He knows our hearts better than we do so He already knows what we require and need before we ask (Matthew 6:32).
Building a relationship is more important and should be our top priority; all the other things will fall into place like pieces in a puzzle. Then we won’t have time to fret because we will be so busy building a relationship with our heavenly Father. Where we acknowledge the Lord’s Prayer begins with approaching ‘our Father’.
3| How patient am I?
We all can resonate with the story of Joseph in the Bible because so much of the pathway of his life we might have encountered in our own journey of faith. The testing of Joseph’s patience was the key to his success and so it is to ours. Are you fretting again? When God is saying, ‘Be patient. Don’t you believe what I said I would do?’ There is no ‘could’ in God’s promise. God will always fulfil a promise whether that is changing our perspective or our heart shape, He has a birthplace for our destiny that might contradict what we see.
In his time He will unlock the keys to answering your prayers ~
- By seeking your closeness;
- By stretching your faith;
- By testing your patience;
I admit that when life throws curve balls (filled with uncertainty and apprehension) I too can get worried, but I also find that putting my trust in the One who knows best usually works. Maybe I might be concerned for a short time, but I soon realise that there is no time to worry, rather surrender my cares and let God do His job!
Can you identify with any of these keys in your own life?
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