when dealing with prayer we must understand that the devil’s final strategy in deceiving believers is to make them doubt the faithfulness of God in answering prayer.
Satan would have us believe God has shut His ears to our cry and left us to work things out for ourselves.
I believe the greatest tragedy in the church of Jesus Christ today is that so few now believe in the power and effectiveness of prayer.
Without meaning to blasphemy, multitudes of God’s people can now be heard complaining, “I pray, but I get no answers. I’ve prayed so long, so hard, without any results.
All I want is to see a little evidence of God changing things. Things go on as usual - nothing happens. How long must I wait?” They no longer visit the secret closet because they are convinced that their petitions, born in prayer, are somewhere miscarried at the throne. Others are convinced that only Daniel, David, and Elijah types can get their prayers through to God.
In all honesty, many Christians of God struggle with these thoughts - “If God’s ear is open to my prayer, and I pray diligently, why is there such little evidence of His answering?” Is there one certain prayer you have been praying for such a long time, and as yet it has not been answered? Have even years gone by and still you wait, hoping, yet wondering?
Reason One: Prayers are aborted if they are not according to God’s will.
We are not at liberty to pray at random for whatever our selfish minds conceive. We are not permitted to come into his presence and vent our silly notions and mindless ramblings. If God signed all our petitions without discretion, He would end up giving His glory away.
In other words, we can pray for whatsoever we will, as long as it is his will.
Job, in his sorrow, begged God to take his life away. What if God had answered such a prayer? Such praying was contrary to the will of God. The word warns, “Let not thy lip be hasty to utter a matter before the Lord.”
Daniel prayed the right way. First, he went to the Scriptures and searched out the mind of God. Having gotten clear direction, and sure of God’s will, he runs to God’s throne with a mighty assurance.
We know too much about what we want and too little about what He wants.
Reason Two: Prayers can be aborted when designed to fulfill an inner lust, dreams or illusions.
God will answer no prayer that would add to our honor or assist our temptations. In the first place, God answers no prayer of a person who harbors lust in his or her heart. All answers are dependent on upon the plucking out of our hearts the evil, the lust, and the besetting sins.
The test of knowing whether or not our request is based on lust is very simple. How we handle delays and denials is the clue. Prayers founded on lust demand hasty answers. If the lusting heart does not get the thing desired, quickly, it whimpers and cries, it swoons and faints - or it breaks out in a spell of murmuring and complaining, finally accusing God of deafness.
The lustful heart cannot see God’s glory in His denials and delays. Yet did God not get more glory by denying Christ’s prayer to save His life, if possible, from death? Shudder to think of where we would be today had God not denied that request.