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6 Reasons Why God May Not Answer Your Prayer

Prayer is one of the most misunderstood subjects in the Bible. It attracts different interpretations, definitions, as well as misconceptions from people.

Some believe prayer is an avenue to express sentiments towards God, some other people believe prayer must be impeccably arranged for it to receive answers, but that's not the case. Prayer is a means through which we communicate our thoughts, intentions, desires and express intimacies towards God – it is a two-way flow of communication between man (humanity) and his Maker (Divinity) (Exodus 33:17-19).

In Matthew 7:7-8, Jesus gave a blunt and direct assurance that those who ask, seek and knock through prayer shall receive their requests. Prayer is the most effective platform we communicate with the prayer-answering God (Jeremiah 33:3, Psalm 50:15). But the probing question here is, "If this is true and these scriptural passages about God answering prayers swiftly (James 5:17-18, 1 Kings 18:24) are potent, why are some prayers not answered?"

Some set of people argue that the manner or way at which prayers are presented could determine its possibility to attract answer or rejection from God. At this stage, it is highly imperative for us to know that God still answers the prayers and desires of anyone who believes and calls upon Him for help, in the same frequency He answered scriptural personalities.

Hitherto, He still answers, even at higher velocity. He is the same every time! (Hebrews 13:8). But obviously, there are times God seems to be "silent" or "late" in granting answers to some prayer requests, especially our major expectation, requests or desires, while others receive instant answers. The question here is what could be responsible for this?

We seem to experience this sporadically in our walk with God. We often think God gives preference to some prayer requests than the other or deliberately ignores some prayers. In tandem with this rumination, we consequently begin to doubt God's acceptance of the prayer or rather hold the devil liable as he did in Daniel 10:12-13.

Whatever is our resolves, we need to be conscious of the fact that there are scripturally proven reasons why God may choose not to answer your prayer, and here are six (6) of the reasons.

(1) The Lack of Spiritual Capacity to Handle Such Answer

God is our heavenly Father and He always desires consistent intimacy with Him. He is of full apprehension of the answers our spiritual status can handle per time, so he wouldn't give us what out spirituality cannot handle.

God is merciful and jealous, He wouldn't give us if there is an assurance of you using the money for sinful acts or derailing from Him.

(2) When God Has Something Greater Than Our Request

Most times, we pray consistently on a request and see no instant result. It could be that God has something greater than our demands which He would release at an appointed time.

When God says "No", it is because a bigger "Yes" will follow. Our minds are not configured to conceive beforehand God's thoughts and plans for us (1 Corinthians 2:9). We only know they are good (Jeremiah 29:11). This oblivious state of our mind about His better plans makes us pray for lesser things.

We're intimately aware of the certitude that God will never do what is lesser or contrary to His plan or will for our lives. He never wants His people to settle for less but for bigger things. So, He refrains from giving our lesser requests and grants His bigger plan(s).

Therefore, whenever we experience delay in getting answers to some prayers, check this!

(3) In Order to Clear Testimonies’ Devourers

We're of full understanding that we live in a world of battles, contentions and victory. The world is not for funfair but warfare (1 Peter 5:8, 2 Corinthians 2:14). There are possessed individuals, powers and diabolic operations targeted at aborting answers to our prayers and breakthroughs (Psalm 74:20, Daniel 10:12-13, 1 Corinthians 16:9).

Many people who pray fail to acknowledge the existence of testimonies' devourers whose agenda is to prevent the delivery of released answers to prayers. But our God who sees all (2 Chronicles 16:9) would destroy the devourers and then in His time, will release the answers to His children’s prayers (Luke 20:42-43).

(4) Intention of Prayer

Many answers to prayer requests are delayed or truncated because of the motive for the requests (James 4:3, Jeremiah 17:10). Intention determines possession. Some prayers are born out of strife, jealousy and intention to intimidate, while some to satisfy selfish, fleshy and sinful desires.

Though we serve a prayer-answering God, but He'll not give what will not bring glory to His name and kingdom. Intention is the raw material for answered prayers. If God does not give you what you want, it is because it is not what you need.

(5) If The Answer Would Cause Danger

God so much cherish and value us that He wouldn't give us what would endanger our lives (Zechariah 2:8). He knows what we don't know, He sees the end from the beginning (Isaiah 55:9) and He knows what is good for us and would never release what is injurious to our precious lives and destinies.

In prayers, out of desperation many ask for what they think is "good" for them which truly are not by God's analysis and omniscience.

(6) Iniquity

God's eyes can’t behold sin and the sinners' requests, let alone answer them (Isaiah 59:1-2). Those who access His Throne, His Court and His Hill are those with pure hearts and hands. Iniquity makes one inaccessible to God (Habakkuk 1:13).

The praise and prayer of a sinful man is an abomination to God. The Lord's hands are able to save, and His ears are receptive to hear but iniquity hinders His intervention (2 Chronicles 7:14)

We should, however, note that when God seems "late" in granting our desires, it is because He wants to come big. God does not do mega things in a hurry. Major scriptural miracles were not done in a hurry.

To intervene swiftly to Lazarus' ill state and heal him would have been a small miracle but waiting to let him die and raise him from the dead was a mega miracle (John 11:1-45). To have miraculously increased the quantity of the wine at the wedding in Cana would have been a small miracle, but waiting till it got exhausted and turning water to wine was a bigger miracle (John 2:1-11).

Also, consider the approval of Jesus' death and the mega miracle of raising Him from the grave. I say again, when it seems that God is late, wait for Him, He is coming bigger than you can ever imagine!

Do you know any other reasons not mentioned why God may not answer one's prayer requests? Kindly share with us and help fellow believers avoid the pitfalls of having their prayers unanswered.

Thank you greatly for taking time to read and please do share with others!

*** Written by Clement Oladepo ***

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Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus

Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
Ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner,
It must not suffer loss:
From victory unto victory
His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished
And Christ is Lord indeed

Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
The trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict,
In this His glorious day:
Ye that are men now serve Him
Against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger,
And strength to strength oppose.

Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
Stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you,
Ye dare not trust your own:
Put on the gospel armour,
And watching unto prayer;
Where duty calls or danger,
Be never wanting there.

Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
The strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle,
The next the victor’s song:
To him that overcometh,
A crown of life shall be;
He with the King of glory
Shall reign eternally.

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If God Is Your Father, Please Call Home

The place of prayer in the life of a Christian cannot be trivialized. It is the very link that connects the soul of a believer to heaven. It strengthens our fellowship with God and takes us to the throne of grace where we can ask for our daily needs.

It's no doubt that prayer brings momentum. It lifts the heart above the challenges of life and gives it a view of God’s resources of victory and hope. Prayer provides power, poise, peace and purpose for a person’s purpose, plans and pursuits.

The most powerful energy anyone can generate is prayer energy. This energy satiates us from within and empowers us as Christians to continue in the faith and daily walk in the Spirit.

"The devil smiles when we make plans,
He laughs when we get too busy,
But he trembles when we pray" ~ Corrie Ten Boom

"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything;
Tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers.
If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful
Than the human mind can understand" ~ Philippians 4:6-7 TLB

Whatever is worth worrying about is worth praying about. God is never more than a prayer away from you. When you feel swept off your feet, get back to your knees.

"If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room,
I would not fear a million enemies. Yet, distance makes no difference.
He is praying for me" ~ Robert M. Nccheyne

Heaven is ready to receive you when you pray. “Time spent in communion with God is never lost” – Gordon Lindsay.

"I have so much to do today that I shall spend
The first three hours in prayer" ~ Martin Luther King Jnr

Common people do not pray. They only beg. So pray, don’t beg. When we pray, we link ourselves with God’s inexhaustible power and insight. “Wishing will never be a substitute for prayer” – Edwin Louis Cole.

Remember that prayers can’t be answered until they are prayed. “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them (Mark 11:24 NKJV).
"A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel"
When we pray, we must simultaneously position ourselves to be willing to take action that God requires as answers to our prayer because “prayer is not monologue but dialogue; God’s voice in response to mine is its most essential part” (Andrew Murray).

The prayers a person lives on his feet are no less important than those he says on his knees.

"Practical prayer is harder on the sole of your shoes
Than on the knees of your trousers" ~ Osten O’Malley

The strongest action that you can take in any situation is to go to your knees and ask God for help. The highest purpose of faith or prayer is not to change your circumstances but to change you.

Pray to do the will of God in every situation. Nothing else is worth praying for. That you desire a dream car, a house, a job, pay increase and promotion, and business boom are good but not good enough to make heaven smile at you. But to do the Father's bidding and ask for anything according to His will gladdens Him.

"Do not have your concert and tune your instruments afterwards.
Begin the day with God" ~ James Hudson Taylor

The Scripture urges us to “rejoice always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). However, prayer may not change all things for you, but it sure changes you for all things.

Prayer is the stop that keeps you going; it's the force that keeps you soaring. So, whatsoever you may be going through - be it barrenness, joblessness, depression, heartbreak, hardship or lack, if God is your Father, please call home today.

*** Written by John Mason | Edited by Jacobs Adewale (Admin) ***

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Ask God Not Google!

Key Verse: ‘…in Him we live, and move, and have our being.’ (Acts 17:28)

George Washington Carver, an agricultural chemist who discovered three hundred uses for peanuts, shared these observations about God:

‘As a very small boy exploring the almost virgin woods of the old Carver place, I had the impression someone had just been there ahead of me. Things were so orderly, so clean, so harmoniously beautiful. A few years later in these same woods… I was practically overwhelmed with the sense of some great presence.

‘Not only had someone been there, someone was there… Years later when I read in the Scriptures, “…in Him we live, and move, and have our being,” I knew what the writer meant. Never since have I been without the consciousness of the Creator speaking to me… the out-doors have been to me more and more a great cathedral in which God could be continuously spoken to and heard from…

Man, who needed a purpose, a mission to keep him alive, had one. He could be… God’s co-worker… My purpose alone must be God’s purpose – to increase the welfare and happiness of His people… Why then, should we, who believe in Christ, be so surprised at what God can do with a willing man in a laboratory?’

In 1921, Carver spoke before the United States House of Representatives. The chairman asked, ‘Dr. Carver, how did you learn all these things?’ He answered, ‘From an old book.’ The chairman asked, ‘What book?’ Carver replied, ‘The Bible.’ The chairman inquired, ‘Does the Bible talk about peanuts?’ Carver replied, ‘No sir, but it tells about the God who made the peanuts. I asked Him to show me what to do with the peanuts and He did.’

Are you confused as to what to do with your life? Do you have a dream and can’t figure out how to make it come true? Or do you need a creative idea to succeed? If it’s solution you require to plunge into your breakthrough, ask God and not Google.

We are always prompt to search the internet for answers even for the minutest of issues that affect us. You will be surprised to see someone asking Google for ‘how to overcome anger’ or ‘ways to make money in recession’, etc. when Deuteronomy 8:18 says it all: ‘But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth…’

It is, however, not wrong to search the internet for insightful business ideas and learn productive strategies of successful people. But we must also remember that ‘A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven’ (John 3:27), and that ‘every good and perfect gift is from above…’ (James 1:17).

God is ever willing to grant us the desires of our hearts. We just have to ‘ask and it shall be given unto you… For everyone that asks receives… Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? ... if ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?’ (Matthew 7:7-11).

Let Google always play the second fiddle; ask God today and you shall by faith receive in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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#KD4C2016: Kneel Down For Christ 2016

It is with great joy and anticipation that we announce to you a world changing and life altering milestone event that will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2016. "Kneel Down For Christ 2016" (#KD4C2016).

Kneel Down For Christ (#KD4C) is a worldwide outreach where young people around the world between the ages of 12-21 will kneel down as a united body and pray the Lord's Prayer and bring their friends to Christ!

On the morning of October 20th, youth from around the world will post their prayer circles on social media using the hash-tag #KD4C2016. It is our desire to create a fire storm for the Kingdom of God that has never been seen before.

Imagine your youth group joining other youth from around the world in unity, praying the Lord's Prayer! Imagine those same youth bringing their friends and loved ones to Christ! At a time when our youth are experiencing a society that has turned away from God, we have an opportunity to be a shining light in a dying world!

We humbly invite you to join God-fearing believers from all over the world in this exciting adventure that will literally bring the world to its knees. It is our firm belief that "Kneel Down For Christ" will transform an entire generation.

For more information on #KD4C2016, we invite you to view the following YouTube video: Kneel Down for Christ 2016 - Will You Be Our One in A Million? and prayerfully consider joining us and not letting this once in a lifetime opportunity pass you by.

If you are compelled to help change the world as we are then you can register your youth group for #KD4C2016 at Once you are on the site, you will see a button on the home screen that says "youth group" -- click this button to register your youth group.

You can also register your youth group by going to the “Resources” tab and choosing "Leader Resources" then choosing "Register Your Youth Group."  You will receive a detailed letter via email once you register providing additional information, and updates will be sent to you on a regular basis.

Thank you and God bless!

Warrior Arise! Ministries Leadership Team |

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