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Why Aren’t Prayers Answered (sometimes)?

Rembrandt Tobit and Anna with the Goat 150x150 Why Arent Prayers Answered (sometimes)?Much of this comes from a sermon by Greg Boyd of Woodland Hills Church.

Pray with persistence. Prayer is our warfare with other people, hardened hearts, evil and/or freewill agents.

Daniel 10:12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.

Daniel 10:13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.

Daniel’s prayer was heard. We must conclude that our prayers are heard as well. But they could be being held up.

(No where does the Bible lead us to believe the strength of our faith determines effectiveness of prayer. Faith is necessary, but not the only factor in play. Think of two equally faithful believers going for the same job. Are their qualifications or fit not to be considered?)

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Prayer Mindset – Absolute Persistence

Luke 11:5-13 Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’ “Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.”So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

1Jo 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
1Jo 5:15 And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him.

Factors for Prayer Fulfillment
– God’s Will
– Faith & request aligned with His Will
– Laws of Nature/although miracles occur
– Free Agents – men/angels/demons
– Absolute persistence in prayer

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