Hindrances to answered prayer(1)

‘He shall call upon Me, and I will answer…’ Psalm 91:15

When a nightclub opened on Main Street, a church which was only a hundred yards away organized a 24-hour prayer vigil. They asked God to burn the club down. Within a week lightning struck and it burned to the ground.
The owner sued the church, which denied responsibility. After hearing arguments from both sides the judge said, ‘It seems that wherever the guilt may lie, the nightclub owner believes in prayer, while the church doesn’t.’

The first hindrance to answered prayer is prayerlessness. Sounds simple, but our prayers are not answered when we don’t pray. Saying we believe in prayer is not the same as praying. James writes: ‘…you do not have because you do not ask’ (James 4:2 NKJV).

We must take the time to ask God for what we want and need. Sometimes we process situations in our minds, or talk about them with our friends, or wish, or hope, but we don’t pray. Thinking, wishing, hoping, and talking with others is not prayer; only prayer is prayer! When we have a need or a situation that concerns us, we’re only praying when we talk to God about it.

God is waiting for us to make requests of Him in prayer. He never gets tired of us coming to Him! He is able, willing, and ready to act on our behalf, but only if we pray. Jesus said: ‘”Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened”‘ (Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV).
http://www.ucb.co.uk/word_for_today

till next time,
easy does it ๐Ÿ™‚
good night

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4 thoughts on “Hindrances to answered prayer(1)

  1. I believe that is very true…prayerlessness. Sometimes we can be so lazy.

    About the church? Do you think it was right to call fire from heaven? Coz even Jesus did not allow the disciples to do that… His message was about saving lives not destroying them..what do you think?

    1. I think the church folk were hard on the club, their was a spirit of condemnation, rather than integration in the sense that they could have prayed that the disco folk pass by after their gig and listen to the word of God, and in His time, maybe they’d transform their disco into a centre for the advancement of God’s love to others that don’t know Him personally.
      And the unfortunate thing is this same spirit of condemnation still exists among church folk around us, it will take one random act of kindness towards the others that don’t share in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, to change this outlook on church folk ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I agree the church folk were to hard on the night club and am sure there are now walking in a sense of guilt and are caught up in a situation where there are looking for forgiveness. its like the people of Zimbabwe praying that the president should die? NO matter how much turmoil the country is in that is a wrong unguided prayer, The Bible says we should owe no man nothing but love and if you walk in love you do not wish harm upon others…..

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