Examining Unanswered Prayer (2 of 3)

Today we will once again visit the topic of unanswered prayers; more specifically, we are looking at reasons why we have unanswered prayers.

Yesterday, I encouraged you all to ask yourself these three questions?

  1.  Are my motives Godly;
  2. Do my words support my prayers; and
  3. Am I seeking the will of God?

If you missed us yesterday, please take a look at how our motives affect are prayers by clicking here.

Do my words support my prayers and reflect my belief?

Our words have power.  God said “let there be light” and light appeared.

Now, there are many areas of our Christian walk affected by our words, but I never gave much thought about how our words can affect our prayer life.

Think about this for a moment.  What was your last prayer?  Okay, after you got done praying about that “thing” how did you talk about it afterwards?  Did you go on as if you never prayed or did you firmly believe that God was working on that “thing” and speak accordingly?

Pray and then say it; don’t pray and then say something like you never even prayed-Joyce Meyer

Need an example?

Well, ladies, how many times have we prayed for our husbands to change and not even five minutes after hitting our knees said something like, “I knew it…this man is never going to change!”  Statements such as this do not show much faith in prayer or in God.

If we ask God for something or to release us from something we must faithfully believe He is going to work on whatever we have asked.  What we say while we are waiting is important.

 Our words reflect our faith, so we need to be using words that enhance our prayers and not words that can negate the very thing we want, desire, or need.

I realize this is not popular teaching, but it is Biblical.

James 1:6-7 :But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

The Bible clearly teaches us that we are not only to pray, but pray believing.  Some prayers will not be answered simply because they are not believed.  Evidence of non-belief include the words we speak.

Mark 11:24: Therefore, I say unto you, whatsoever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.

In all actuality, we are not to have faith in prayer, but rather the God who answers our prayers.

Let us be mindful of our words today and speak faithful words that reflect our faith and in belief in the One True God.

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,



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