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“Unanswered Prayers”: The Most Common Reasons Why… 1 5/5 (1)

One of the greatest benefits afforded to every Christian is the privilege of answered prayers. In the Bible, Jesus made this tremendous promise, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22). However, despite the Lord’s willingness to answer prayer, it is obvious that some prayers are viewed by us as “unanswered”. Why is this? The following are the most common reasons why some prayers do not get results:

Lack of Fellowship with God and His Word – John 15:7
Unanswered prayers are sometimes a result of absence from fellowship with the Lord and His Word. Jesus promised that if we would remain in His fellowship, and allow His Word to remain in us, this would produce results in prayer.

Not Seeking to Please the Lord – 1 John 3:22
Answers to prayer come when we keep His commandments and please the Lord with our life. Keeping His commandments and pleasing the Lord is a product of our obedience to His Word. (James 2:20) Lack of love, bitterness, and unforgiveness is the root of many unanswered prayers, since faith works by love (Galatians 5:6).

Unconfessed Sin in One’s Life – 1 Peter 3:12
There is no doubt that sin will disrupt the flow of God’s blessings and answers to prayer. All acts of rebellion and disobedience to God is considered sin. Sins of “commission,” are those overt acts which are done in disobedience. However, sins of “omission,” are those things we don’t do in obedience, but know we should (James 4:17). The remedy for all sin is to confess it to God, forsake it, and ask Him to forgive you (1 John 1:9).

Improper Motives – James 4:3
Our motives in our prayer requests are of concern to the Lord. He wishes to help us in our time of need, but is not obligated to answer prayers which will merely feed our carnal, selfish appetites. Our motives and desires can be corrected by humbling ourselves, and drawing near to God (James 4:8-10).

Not Asking in God’s Will – 1 John 5:14-15
God will only answer those prayers that are in “His” will. When we ask anything that is in His will, we can have assurance that those requests are granted to us. God’s will is revealed through His Word.

Don’t Know How to Pray – Luke 11:1
Some lack effectiveness in prayer simply because they don’t know what the scriptures teach about prayer. Jesus gave His disciples an outline for prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. Take the time to study it. Other passages teach that prayer to be a private, intimate time with the Lord (Matthew 6:6); to be intermingled with praise and thanksgiving (Acts 16:25, Philippians 4:6). Times of fasting with prayer are beneficial to strengthen our faith and power in prayer (Acts 14:23, 1 Corinthians 7:5). Jesus often went to secluded places to spend prolonged periods in prayer (Luke 6:12, Matthew 4:2).

Lack of Faith – Hebrews 11:6
We cannot please God without faith. Prayer is not merely “begging” from God. It is “believing” God and His Word. Faith will come forth and grow as we devote our attention to the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Our faith can also be “built up,” by praying the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20).

Misunderstanding of Faith – Mark 11:24
Jesus said that “when” you pray, you must believe that you “receive” your answer at that moment. The word, “receive” comes from the Greek word, LAMBANO, which means “to receive now” (present tense). He then says we will “have” them. “Have” comes from, ESOMAI, which means “to possess later” (future tense). So, when we pray we must believe in the finished results of our prayers, and we will eventually experience the tangible results sometime later.

Wavering Faith – James 1:6-7
There are those who allow every “wind” of feelings or circumstances to influence or discourage their faith. They rock back and forth, like the waves tossed about in the sea. One day they believe, but the next, they’re ready to waver in their faith cannot expect to receive “anything of the Lord.” Our faith must become stable, steadfast, and consistent to receive from God.

Lack of Perseverance – Galatians 6:9
Probably the greatest reason that some prayers go unanswered is because many give-up praying and believing before they receive their answer. As long as we have the promise of God’s Word, be patient and persistent. Keep believing and do not quit, no matter how long it takes! God has a “due season” when He will bring the answer to pass.

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Honoring Bishop T F Tenney – Prophesying Prayer 1 5/5 (1)

Prophesying should seem no more strange than speaking in tongues since both originate as the Spirit gives utterance. Both reside in the scriptural location of the birth place of the Apostolic Church. They shall prophesy and they began to speak in other tongues. If we exercise ourselves in one, why not the other? The prophetic dimension is a part of the Spirit filled believers birthright.

Prophecy can mean to foretell or to forth tell. There are scriptural prophecies, the gift of prophecy, the office of the prophet, and there is a spirit of prophecy. Paul confessed that we sometimes know not how to pray as we ought but the Spirit makes intercession for us (see Romans 8:26).  This can happen with groanings which cannot be uttered, or praying in tongues, but it can also be something that happens in our mind as we converse with God.  Any sincere believer can have and probably has had, something suddenly come to mind. In scriptural terminology could this not be considered to be “the word of the Lord came to me”?

The mind of Christ will work in us if we let it, and the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Rev 19:10). This is the source for the resource of prophesying believers.When we combine the enablement of the spirit of prophecy with the medium of prayer we are blessed to tap into a powerful force.

We should understand all prayer originates with God because no one can come to Jesus except the Father draw him (John 6:44). Knowing that God is in control but He often waits to act until we pray. He wants to share with us what He desires to do so we can then ask in prayer for His intervention into our earthly affairs. The spirit of prophecy is intended to work in the believer. Prophesying prayer is hearing God and praying His desires and will.

Daniel tells us that the God of heaven reveals secrets and makes known what shall be. When Daniel understood God’s intentions, he prayed them into reality (Daniel 2:28, 9:2,3)!

Isaiah tells us God will tell his intentions before they happen (Isaiah 42:9).

This dimension of prayer is readily available to Spirit filled believers, but if we are not aware of it, we will only by accident engage in it. The power of prayer has yet to be explored fully. It is the most potent power available to man. When it is combined with the Spirit of prophecy, the ability to speak God’s desires, our asking opens the avenue for God to act.

I have a very personal story which illustrates prophetic prayer. At a General Conference a few years ago, we had lunch with a wonderful friend. After we had finished eating, he prayed over each of us. As he was praying for me he prayed for my health, my well-being and specifically for my heart. When he had finished praying he looked at me and said, “You have a little problem with your heart, but you will be ok.”

This puzzled me and I must confess that although I have great confidence in this man, I told my husband, “He missed it this time. I just had a good check up and there was nothing wrong with my heart.” Three months later, I had surgery for a knee replacement which went very well. However, about fifteen hours after the surgery, my heart stopped. I had a pulmonary embolism and kidney failure. The diagnosis: a problem with my heart that had never shown up in any medical exam. A prayer, a prophecy, and I am ok, keeping a full schedule of work, travel and ministering.

Prophetic prayer is simply hearing God tell us what to pray and praying it. The possibilities are limitless.

If you are interested in further study, Pastor Jeff Ramsey of Minden, LA has written a book called Prophetic Prayer.

Thetus Tenney

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NOTE: Tom Fred Tenney, friend to all and longtime UPCI minister, statesman, leader, executive, and General Board member, passed from this life on June 1, 2018. He was born December 6, 1933, in DeRidder, Louisiana, and he married Thetus Caughron on December 27, 1952. The Tenneys pastored churches in Monroe and DeRidder, Louisiana. T. F. Tenney served the Louisiana District as sectional youth leader, youth secretary, youth president, and district superintendent (1978–2005). During the time he served the UPCI as general youth president (1960–69), the Bible Quizzing program was launched and the first issue of The Conquerors Tread was published. The Partners in Missions (PIM) program, the annual School of Missions, and field and regional conferences began under his leadership as Foreign Missions (now Global Missions) director (1970–75). He was the bishop emeritus of the Louisiana District and an honorary member of the UPCI General Board. In 2005 he was inducted into the UPCI’s Order of the Faith. Brother Tenney’s life and ministry impacted countless lives, and he will be greatly missed. Please keep the Tenney family and especially Sister Thetus Tenney in prayer as we mourn the loss of this great man of God. (Information from World Network of Prayer on Facebook)

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