17 May 2015

9 reasons for unanswered prayer



Some Bible teachers/preachers teach that God has to/must answer our prayers. This is false, because even the Lord Jesus himself had unanswered prayers. "He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." (Matthew 26 39 EMTV).


  1. Sometimes God's will is "no.

    1. It is better for the Kingdom of God to say "no."

    2. It is better for some other person as in he/she/they may need you where you are.

    3. Even the Lord Jesus had the answer as "no." Matthew 26:39

  2. Sometimes we have the opportunity.

    1. God opens the way, but we refuse for fear, etc.

    2. God opens the way, but we are hindered by the devil in some way (1 Thessalonians 2:18)

  3. Sometimes God's will to wait. (John 11:3, John 11:6, John 11:43-44)

  4. Sometimes we have sin. (Psalm 66:18,

    1. We have neglected God's rules and counsel (Proverbs 1:28)

    2. We do not have mercy on others. (Proverbs 21:13)

    3. We despise God's Word, the Bible. (Proverbs 28:9)

    4. We have unconfessed sin (Isaiah 1:15)

    5. We are stubborn and do not humble ourselves that God is right and we are wrong. (Zechariah 7:13)

    6. We are selfish or greedy and want more for the sake of having more/hording. (James 4:3)

  5. Sometimes we do not have faith. (James 1:6-7)

  6. Sometimes we do not treat our wife that way God wants us. (1 Peter 3:7)

  7. Sometimes we give up. (Luke 18:1)

  8. Sometimes we are not sincere (Hebrews 10:22)

  9. Sometimes an answered prayer will may us proud. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

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