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Friday, August 7, 2015

Think About It

Unanswered Prayer
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

How many times have you prayed for something and not had your prayer answered? If you’re like most, probably many times. Have you ever wondered why your prayer wasn’t answered? Was God not listening, or indifferent? How often did it seem that your prayer just never got to first base? Why is it that some seem to have their prayers answered while others aren’t? Does God have favorites?

I suppose that there can be many reasons for prayers not being answered, but I’m going to focus on only one aspect of unanswered prayer. It has more to do with relationship then with the prayer itself. Let’s see if I can explain that a little further.

Many pray for things that they really want. Perhaps it’s for healing for a loved one, or something very significant. Perhaps it’s for a job, or financial needs. Whatever the need, we seek out the one who would seem to have the ability to answer and grant our request. The problem is that we’re approaching God not from a place of an intimate relationship but rather from the same place one would with a genie in the bottle. In other words, we’re not interested in having a relationship with God, or doing His will, we only interested in getting what we want without the relationship.

Why would we expect that God would give us what we’re asking for when we really care nothing about Him? Even people who say that they are His followers fall into the trap of asking for things in prayer while at the same time not willing to follow His will.

Here’s what the writer of Hebrews says, “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him”, (Hebrews 11:6). The question that we all must answer in seeking answers to prayer is who or what are we really seeking? Are we seeking Him, or just things. Perhaps the reason your prayers have gone unanswered is because you’re not really interested in Him. Think about it.

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

THIS IS SO TRUE. WE SEE THIS EVERY DAY IF YOU OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE. I REALIZE THIS MORE AND MORE AS I GROW OLDER AND WHEN I READ MY DAILEY READER. I , MY SELF HAVE FALLEN AT TIMES THROUGH THAT CRACK IN MY ARMOUR OF GOD'S PROTECTION. THANK YOU FOR THE REMINDER . GOD BLESS///////////

Anonymous said...

Both god and pastors don't listen. Most pastors are 2 faced and preach being godly. Ha. I've seen it 1st hand. NO ONE CARES!!! Pastors say one thing and do another. All they care about is money!!

Anonymous said...

I disagree with you anonymous at 1:19:00 p.m. My dad was a pastor and while he needed money to live on, his main concern were for people like you. God's love is even bigger than you can imagine but I am just someone telling you. I had a hard time with my faith in God and being loved and I struggle with the "no one cares" feeling as well. No matter what pastor's do that they don't walk out after preaching it, does not mean God like that. My most recent encounter with God was when I was in a similar state of mind and flinging words out like that about God and pastors and Christians Finally I realized I had a problem inside of myself that I had to deal with and that was anger and pride It didn't just go away. I have been talking to God myself and find His answers in the most unlikely places He really wants you to know how much He loves you so take the walls down and let Him love on you and give you what He has for your life Pastor Knefley aka Bernie is right. If we are just using God to get things God most likely does not want to answer the prayer. He wants us to want Him too. He is acquainted with all of your sorrows. He loves you with an Everlasting love. You are the apple of His eye. His plans for you are for good and not for evil. Ask the Lord to show you His plans for you and He will probably not all at once but chill out and let go and let GOD give you that love you so much want and desire Don't worry about what pastors do. Worry about what is between your soul and God. What is standing between you and HIm? Release it and let Him love you.

Anonymous said...

People say things like "Pastors only care about money and that no one cares" because they ask for help and get denied. You cannot always expect the Pastor or the church to bail you out! The church is there to help others and not to be taken advantage of. If you communicate better and not just show up when YOU need something that would help too. You need to care just as much as the Pastor cares, if not more! You are a stranger and strangers have been know to abuse the generosity of the church. If they do not use some sort of discernment the church would not be able to help those who truly need it.

Anonymous said...

I've never asked for a "bail out" I work hard and for knowing pastors, I know also. My parent was a pastor and the church I was going to both are the same. Its all about material things. Don't even tell me pastors don't make enough. They get housing, electric, gas, garbage, water, sewer, phone and even partial cell phone bill paid!!! Pastors say they are gonna visit and don't. They let people go when in turmoil and don't visit or ask what can be done. They lie and cheat!! Don't trust any of them. I know first hand.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry you were hurt by your parent being in the position of a pastor when maybe they shouldn't have been. I would agreed that there are many Pastor's that should not be in that position. I never said Pastors do not make enough. Pastors are not mind readers and need to be informed when someone needs a visit. The Pastor is not the only person that should be doing the visits either, their are many other people in the church that could be visiting others. We must be willing to ask the Pastor when we need something. You may have had a bad experience or even two with a Pastor, not all are that way. They have many people to look after including their own family that should first!