By Wale Oke
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jeremiah 33:3).
From our understanding of the scriptures and from real life experiences, we know that God answers prayers today. Speaking about God the Bible says: “O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come” (Psalm 65:2).
However, it is one thing to pray, it is another thing to prevail in prayer. Prevailing prayer is that prayer that gets heaven’s attention and secures what you desire from God. Specific answer is the proof that you have prevailed in your prayer before God. I therefore want to urge you not only to pray, but to be sure you secure your heart’s desire before God when you pray, according to what He has promised in His Word.
“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24).
Why is it that some people pray and they do not get the answer they require to their prayers?
1. If you are living in sin and iniquity either because you have not been saved or you are in any act of unholiness, then your prayer will not be answered by God unless you first repent. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” (Psalm 66:18) (Matthew 11:25-26; Isaiah 59:1-2; I John 5:14; I John 3:22; I Peter 3:7).
2. If you are not praying in faith, or you are double-minded, then God will not answer your prayer; except you start to pray in faith.
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” (James 1:6-7). (Mark 11:23-24; Hebrew 11:6; Luke 1:45; Matthew 9:29; John 11:40).
3. If what you are asking does not line up with the Word of God, then you should not expect an answer. The Word of God is the will of God. When we pray in a way that is contrary to the will of God, God will not answer.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.” (I John 5:14). (James 4:3; John 15:7; Jeremiah 1:12; Matthew 6:10).
4. If your motive for asking is wrong — not to glorify God but to consume it upon your lust.
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” (James 4:3).
5. If you do not pray fervently with all your heart, with boldness and authority in the name of Jesus, demonic forces may successfully resist the answer to your prayer, but if you pray fervently in faith with all your heart, your prayer shall prevail. (Matthew 18:18; James 5:16; Hebrew 5:7; Psalm 5:3; Psalm 50:15).
Today, make sure you not only pray, ensure you deal with all that may hinder your prayer, successfully, and that you receive specific answers to your prayers.
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).