• Dave Earley

Removing the Roadblocks to Answered Prayer

I wasn’t very far along in my Christian journey until I began to run into the problem of unanswered prayer. As I read more and more of the Bible, I began to see that there are many reasons why God might not be answering our prayers. As we build our lives of prayer, we need to remove these roadblocks to answered prayers.

Let’s go over a checklist of Roadblocks to Answered Prayer

1. Failing to Ask

You do not have because you do not ask God.” (James 4:2b)

God offered to give good gifts to His children, at least to those who ask Him (Matthew 7:11). The most obvious reason we fail to receive answers to prayer is that we failed to ask.

2. Asking with Impure Motives

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:3)

Prayer is not dictation. Prayer is not me telling God what I want Him to do. Prayer is cooperating with God so that He can accomplish what He wants to do. Our motive must be the exaltation of His name, the advance of His kingdom and the fulfillment of His will.

3. Asking for Something Outside of God’s Will

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15)

God is a good Father. If what we are asking for might be detrimental to us or others, He won’t give us what we ask for. When we ask for those things that lead to the good of others, develops our godliness, and enhances His glory, God will say “yes.”

4. Unresolved Sin

“If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” (Psalm 66:18)

When we have sin in our lives, the prayer God is waiting to answer is our prayer of confession our sins

However, once our hearts are clean and our conscience is clear, we can have great confidence that God is hearing and answering our prayers. “Dear friends, if our conscience doesn’t condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and can receive whatever we ask from Him because we keep His commands and do what is pleasing in His sight.” 1 John 3:21-22

5. Ignoring God

“If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.” (Proverbs 28:9) 

“The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:12  

If we ignore God, He ignores us. But if we listen to God, obey God’s instruction, try to do the right thing, He hears our prayers.

When you pray today,

make sure that you have cleared away the roadblocks that will block the answers.

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