Updated: Aug 30
More reasons for unanswered prayer
In Part 1 we saw that were at least 4 possible reasons as to why your prayers may seem to go unanswered. The possible reasons for unanswered prayer we considered included the first two of the four reasons 1) being out of fellowship with the Lord 2) your prayer was not in the will of God.
Today we look at two more possible reasons for seemingly unanswered prayer which are.
3) a lack of unity in those praying together 4) Delay in the answer from the Lord arriving.
Reason 3. Lack of unity
1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
Wow, we better take on board the fact that a husband and wife’s prayers can be hindered by disunity.
Mathew 18:19 Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
The so-called prayer of agreement requires two people to be fully agreed i.e. in unity.
4. Delay in the answer
Daniel 10 Daniel prayed and fasted for Israel for three weeks, then a holy angel turned up and told him, that God sent the answer on the first day that Daniel had prayed, but a fallen angelic being called the Prince of Persia, had battled with the holy angel to delay Gods answer from coming to Daniel.
Romans 1:9-10 Paul wanted to find a way to come and see the church in Rome, but Paul’s prayer appears unanswered?
God had plans, and had Paul imprisoned so that he could write his epistles to the church.
God can be doing something bigger than we can see.
Delayed prayer can eventually increase your faith.
1 Kings 18:42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,
43 And said to his servant, go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, there is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.
44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there arises a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, go up, say unto Ahab, prepare thy chariot, and get thee down that the rain stop thee not.
Elijah and the rain, the servant eventually saw the prayer answered.
“Sometimes the blessing is in the prayer not being answered.” ― Andrena Sawyer.
What about you, can you attribute any of the 4 above reasons given so far for your unanswered prayer?