What to Do When Your Prayers Seem Unanswered

Sometimes we get discouraged and furious when our prayers seem unanswered. Here are the things to consider in order to get your prayers answered.


1. Exam Your Relationship

When God doesn’t answer your prayers in a timely manner, consider your relationship with God. Do you pray daily? Have you give thanks to God daily and in all circumstances? Do you worship God daily? Are you fasting weekly? Do you read the Bible daily? How much time do you make for God? God already knows what you need in your heart but without a good relationship with God, your prayers might be delayed. God wants us to have a relationship with him and not just use him to get what we want. For it is written, Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. – Psalm 37:4-5. 


2. Exam Yourself

Do you exam yourself to see if you’re living the life as Jesus would? Are you willfully sinning? Are you holding a grudge against someone? You should try to run away from sin, and exam your life everyday to see if you are committing a sin. Some people might do certain things that they think it’s harmless but it’s a sin. For example if you’re a person who is always gossiping, this might be the sin that is delaying your prayers. This is why is it is important to repent daily for all sins that you know and don’t know.


3. Patience Builds Faith

To have faith in God is trusting and waiting patiently for him. You can’t expect to have your prayers answered all the time at a fast pace. Then you’re not building faith but haven’t an expectation on God. Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. – Isaiah 40:31.


4. Spiritual Battles

Sometimes your prayers are delayed due to demons in your life. These demons can be a spiritual spouse, demons from your family side, or your spouse’s demons. Each time we pray, God sends an angel to deliver the answer to the prayer. However sometimes there are battles between that angel and the demons in your life. In The Book of Daniel, Angel Gabriel told Daniel that he came to answer his prayer but was captured by one of the principalities of darkness. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. Daniel 10:13.


5. Unclear Answers

When God answers our prayers sometimes in a way that is unclear to us. Sometimes we think God hasn’t answered our prayers but he already has. It might be the way you want it to be answered but it is answered. God knows what is best for you more than you do.


6. Grace

Your prayer may need a bigger grace to be answered. You may need to see a pastor or prophet to pray for you. Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. – Matthew 10:41.


7. Praying Partners

If you’re not getting answers and you’re doing every thing right, you may need to invite people to join you in prayers. The Bible makes it clear that when 2 or 3 are gathers in agreement and in one mind, whatever they pray for will come to pass (Matthew 18:19-20).


8. Speaking In Tongues

Do you speak in tongues daily? Speaking in tongues is not a taboo or an option for Christians. Speaking in tongues is a heavenly language that only God understands. Anyone who speaks in tongues edifies his spirit man (1 Corinthians 14:2-4).

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