Jesus Christ said, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14).
Many Christians pray in the name of Jesus, but how many believe that the prayers they prayed in the name of Jesus will be answered? Unbelief is one of the main reasons why many prayers are not answered.
Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”. These are Scriptures directly from Jesus Himself whom we pray in His name. Jesus knows the importance of His name and how to receive from God. Unbelief is a killer of answered prayers. Thank God that He choses to have mercy. Unbelief is why many prayers are answered even though many pray with doubt.
Believing God is actually an act of righteousness. It pleases God for His people to believe in Him and not have unbelief. How would you feel? if your fifteen-year-old son ask you for a smart phone and you promise to buy him one at a particular time. He believed you and even though he sees many of his friends already have theirs, but he never feels bad or doubt his father, rather he is proud to tell his friends that my dad will buy mine soon. It was mentioned in various verses in the Bible that Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him as righteousness. Genesis 15:6 says, “And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” Paul said in Romans 4:3 & 9, “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. For we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.” It was also mentioned by Paul in Galatians 3:6, “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” James also referenced same thing about Abraham in James 2:23, which says, “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.”
Unforgiveness is another hinderance to answered to prayers. Jesus said, “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses” (Mark 11:25). Jesus want everyone to come to the Father with purity of heart and He knows unforgiveness hinders prayers which was why He said, when you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone.
Unbelief limits the power of God
Limiting the power of God; many receive not or receive little just because they limited the power of God to their visible capacity. 2 Kings 4:1-6 says, “Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and poured out. It came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. He said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed”.
Elisha told the woman not to borrow a few, the oil stopped only because there was no more vessel to receive more. The few vessels she had limited the amount of oil she should have gotten. Though, she did some things that were commendable, she exercised faith and shut the door after her and her sons as instructed by Elisha, which was why she was able to even receive anything at all. Selfish motive is another reason why many do not receive answers to their prayers. They ask with wrong purpose and evil motive. James 4:3 says, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts”.
Impatience affects answers to prayer
Impatience also makes many to miss answers to their prayers or their blessings. Habakkuk 2:3 says, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry”.
There are some prayers answered immediately or even before the prayer is offered but the physical manifestation is for a future date and not immediately. Many are not patient enough and don’t wait for their blessings. For example, if you call the customer service of AT&T or T-Mobile, you will be placed on hold because they are attending to other customers before you, but they will surely attend to you because you are important to them. if you are impatient and decide to hang up, you will not only lose your turn but also will not receive answers to your questions or solution to the issue(s) with your phone.
Jesus gave a parable and example of how to be persistent in asking with the mindset of receiving (Luke 11:5-8). To do business with somebody or to receive something from someone, you need to study the person, know him well and walk along with the person based on who he is and with a positive mindset. Don’t pray for A and expect Z, not even B, in other words, don’t expect failure when you had prayed for success.
Jesus, give me the grace to search the scriptures daily and know You more.
Unbelief, I refuse to partner with you in Jesus’ name
I receive the understanding to pray with grace I receive from the Lord, in the name of Jesus
I shall live by faith and not by sight, in the name of Jesus
Lord Jesus, reveal Yourself to me the way I have never known you.