Scripture Reading: Micah 3:2-4
No doubt, prayer is very important in the life of every Christian. In fact, a prayerless Christian is a prey to the devil. As Christians we cannot do without prayers as it the medium to relate with our God. One of the ways you can ascertain that you are spiritually weak is how active your prayer life is. Today, our reflection is going to teach us about why prayers are not answered, that is the laws guiding praying to God.
Verse 4 of our scriptural reference tells us: “The time is coming when you will cry out to the Lord, but he will not answer you. He will not listen to your prayers, for you have done evil”. Certain conditions and dispositions are necessary when people approach God in prayers. When you want to make a request from a President for instance, there are many things you will consider in other to win his attention. James 5:16 reveals one of the secret, “So then, confess your sins to one another so that you will be healed. The prayer of a good person has a powerful effect.” Heaven pays immediate attention to the prayers of a devout man or woman because their prayers get to God like sweet smelling incense. Beloved, God also want us to approach the throne of grace with contrite heart and humility. This case was reflected in the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax collector. In Luke 18:14, Jesus said, “I tell you” said Jesus, the tax collector, and not the Pharisee, was in the right with God, when he went home.” The tax collector approach God with the right disposition of humility and true repentance.
In 1 John 5:14, the Lord teaches us another law guiding prayers, “We have courage in God’s presence, because we are sure that he hears us if we ask him anything that is according to his will.” Note the phrase “ANYTHING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL”. God knows what is best for us because He created us. He knows what we need at any particular point in time and more so what is most essential to our salvation. To live with God in eternity is what is paramount for God, so if what we request from Him, will eventually take us away from God, I tell you God knows how to handle such prayers. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16, God teaches about praying at all times: “Be joyful always. Pray at all times….” We should be perpetually committed to God in prayer and not just going to God when we feel that there is a problem beyond us. When God sees you as one who always commits everything you do to Him in prayer, you will win God’s heart at all times.
Unforgiveness is also another factor that militate against God answering our prayers, Let us see what the Lord says in Mark 11:25, “And when you stand and pray, forgive anything you may have against anyone, so that your Father in heaven will forgive the wrongs you have done.” We must desire to forgive any wrong done to us even if the person does not deserve it. Beloved in Christ, let us not be only concerned about how many times we have prayed, or the weight of the prayer, let us also be more concerned about how to make ourselves worthy to approach the throne of mercy to receive His grace.
- Take a worship song as you are led
- Help me to learn what is required of me when I approach you in prayers O Lord
- Lord revive the spirit of prayerfulness in me. (Take seriously)
- Teach me Lord, to operate in your will, daily. (Pray)
- I renounce everything that makes me not to pray effectively.
Exercise: Visit the Blessed Sacrament today
Memory verse: Isaiah 59:2