What is prayer and why do we pray?
Prayer is a spiritual communication with God. It is a time when we talk to Him and also listen to hear Him and to also develop deep intimacy. When you become a child of God, you have the privilege of this special communication with Him.
We pray to maintain a constant communion with God and to be able to relate with Him, know and do His will and lay out desires on Him.
Prayer is an effective tool in communicating with God. Jesus Christ was always praying.
Many atimes He withdrew to be alone in order to pray. It was a necessity.Luke 5:16
In the book of John, Jesus instructed believers to ask for anything in His name and it will be done unto us. John 14:14.
That being said, why do we pray sometimes without seeing results?
1. Our motives are wrong.
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
We pray for something just because another person has it and we desire it. There is no tangible reason why we want it. Know you not that this is coveteousness and the bible warns against it?
2.Unforgiveness and grudges.
A broken and contrite heart, God will not despise. If our heart is filled with grudges, Unforgiveness and bitterness, it will be difficult for your prayers to be answered because Jesus specifically said
‘before you pray, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.’ Mark 11:25.
Our personal answered prayer is conditioned upon our relationship with others and with God. You cannot be fuming with bitterness and rage against your fellow human and go to pray.
3. Our heart is filled with wickedness and oppression.
The Lord is far from the wicked but He hears the prayers of the righteous Proverbs 15:29 NLT.
When you lift up your hands in prayer, i will not look. Though you offer many prayers, i will not listen. For your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims. Isaiah 1:15
4. We pray amiss
All our prayers should begin with thanksgiving. We should also pray with scriptural backing. Your prayer points and process should be in line with the word of God.
Doubt is like planting a seed today and uprooting it the following day before it germinates. When you pray, don’t doubt.
‘But when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as the wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.
Such people should not expect to receive something from the Lord. James 1:6 &7
6. God has answered by saying ‘no’.
‘According to His will’, This is the caveat Jesus gave inorder for any prayer we make to be answered. Our desires must be tailored in line with the will of God so our prayers can be answered.
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and power to do what pleases Him. Philippians 2:13
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will grant you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
Do you realize what is going on here? God has first put His desires in you so when you pray, this desires will be fulfilled.
7. God is saying, ‘Not yet’.
As a parent, if your 8 year old child ask for a car to drive, will you give them? They will have to get to 18years before they can legally be able to drive. So what do you say to them? Not yet, my child.
There is a level of spiritual maturity you will need to get to as a Christian before some prayers will be answered. And you attain this level of maturity when you continually feed on His word and allow it to transform and renew your mind. This is required because it will enable you to handle your blessings properly and for you to be stretched enough to handle it.
8. God is saying, keep knocking.
Remember the story of the unrighteous Judge and the widow? Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Persistent prayers develops patience in us.
Be persistent in your prayers. The timing of God cannot be evaluated by man. It can take 5 seconds, minutes, days, weeks, months or years. Only keep praying.
‘Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24.
Our Heavenly Father cannot withhold any good thing from us. This is the promise He has made. Your prayers will never be in vain. Believe.