Prayer is an important topic that is covered in the Bible. In fact, the disciples never asked Jesus to teach them how to heal someone or how to do a miracle, or even how to preach. The only request that the disciples had of Christ was they asked Him to teach them how to pray. We have the wonderful rendition of the Lord’s prayer that is shared throughout Scripture as He taught them about prayer.
Have you ever wondered why some of your prayers are not answered? Someone once said that some prayers do not need to be answered. Ruth Graham, who was Billy Graham‘s wife, once said, “God has not always answered my prayers, if He had I would have married the wrong man several times!”
Humorous yes, but there are underlying reasons why our prayers sometimes are not answered. Here are five biblical reasons that may shed light on why our prayers are not answered.
- We have unconfessed sin in our life.
The Psalmist shares if I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me (Psalm 66:18). This can be remedied as we claim I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
- We have unresolved issues with others.
Scripture is very clear that if we come to the altar and remember that someone has something against us, we are to go to that individual to make sure our heart is right toward them before continuing our time at the altar. (Matthew 5:23-25)
- Our heart is not right and we are unconfident to bring our request before Him.
“Beloved if our heart condemn us not then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask we receive of him because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” 1 John 3:21-22
- “We have not because we ask not.” James 4:2
Oftentimes we fail to even bring the request to Him as we try to solve it on our own.
- How a husband treats his wife can hinder prayers from being answered.
Surprisingly this one deals with our marital relationship. “Likewise you husbands dwell with them according to knowledge giving honor under the wife as unto the weaker vessel and as being heirs together of the grace of life that your prayers be not hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7
It is definite that the Lord certainly hears our prayers. The oldest book of the Bible is Job, and it tells us, “Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him and he shall hear thee.“ Job 22:27.
How is your prayer life? Stagnant? Non-existent? Vibrant? The choice is up to you. You can certainly correct these areas that may be making you feel like your prayers are not being answered. Why not take time even now to spend some time in prayer because some amazing things may take place!
“Call unto me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3