Monday, February 04, 2008

What Can Cause My Prayers Not To Be Answered

By Chet Nowlen

Q. I've been a Christian for a long time, but I feel my prayers are not being answered. What are causes for unanswered prayer?

A. There are many things that can cause our prayers not to be answered, but for now we will concentrate on what we say can be a hinderance to our prayers - 1Peter3:7-10 Amplified

7. "In the same way you married men should live considerately with [your wives], with intelligent recognition [of the marriage relation], honoring the woman as [physically] the weaker, but [realizing that you] are joint heirs of the grace (God's unmerited favor of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered and cut off. [Otherwise you cannot pray effectively.]

8. Finally, all [of you] should be of one and the same mind [united in spirit], sympathizing [with one another], loving [each other] as brethren [of one household], compassionate and courteous (tenderhearted and humble).

9. Never return evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary blessing [praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying and loving them]. For know that to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection].

10. For let him who wants to enjoy life and see good days [good-whether apparent or not] keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from guile (treachery, deceit)."

1 Peter 4:7 "But the end and culmination of all things has now come near; keep sound minded and self-restrained and alert therefor for [the practice of] prayer."

The Bible is full of scriptures that warn us of things in our lives that make us ineffective and unproductive as believers. Our purpose, our calling is to be a blessing to others. How can we be a blessing to other if we are ineffective and unproductive? What can make us ineffective" Bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness makes ineffective.