“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us;
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
I John 5;14-15

“Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry not prayer for them, neither make intercession to me; for I will not hear thee.” Jer. 7;16

Many, many people have asked why their prayers are not answered. This is not something you hear occasionally but over and over again. The first quote in I John is very clear. It is a promise of God and we have the choice to believe it or not. If we choose not then there is virtually no hope for an answer because as Jesus taught when He healed various ones “be it unto you according to your faith”. So we must believe all that Jesus said (not just that He died for our sins) in order to have answers to prayer.

The second reason that prayers are not answered is that we are not obedient. In Jeremiah the people were not living right and the Lord told Jeremiah to not even bother to pray for this people because He would not hear them.

On the positive side of all this, it would appear that if we live right and believe all that our Lord said, He would hear our prayers and, further, (and most interesting) the implication is that if He hears our prayer He is obligated to answer. What a simple and powerful promise.

In 1886 Daniel Towner wrote a song that expresses it best;

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey

Trust and obey for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Posted on September 14th, 2013