>Life. Interrupted. Week 6 Day 4

Going a little farther, [Jesus] fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

There are many reasons why God might not answer our prayers. Some of those reasons might be our own fault.

Unconfessed sin: Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 1:15; Proverbs 28:9. Solution: Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9; 2:1-2; Ephesians 6:18

Unclear conscience: Matthew 5:23. Solution: Matthew 5:24; 18:21-35; James 5:16.

Wrong motives and selfishness: James 4:3. Solution: Psalm 19:14; 37:4-7; 139:23-24

Doubt: James 1:6-7. Solution: Hebrews 11:6; Ephesians 6:16; Isaiah 26:3-4; Matthew 21:22.

Satanic hindrances: Daniel 10:10-13; Ephesians 6:12. Solution: Ephesians 6:13-18; 1 John 4:4; Revelation 12:9-11.

Unresolved marital conflicts: 1 Peter 3:7. Solution: Romans 12:9-13; Ephesians 4:26-27, 29-32.

Lack of faith: Hebrews 11:6. Solution: Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24.

Lack of compassion: Proverbs 21:13. Solution: Psalm 41:1.

Sometimes our prayers aren’t answered because God is the cause.

It’s not God’s will: Matthew 26:39; James 4:15; 1 John 5:14-15.

God wants to teach us lessons: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

What answers are you waiting for today? God always hears us and answers our prayers. The answer may be Yes. It may be No. I could be Wait. We don’t understand God’s plan, but we know it’s a good plan.

Taken from Abraham: The Friend of God by Charles Swindoll (Insight for Living, p. 168-9).