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God has the following answers to your prayers:
- No – which means God has something better for you than what you prayed for.
Here are some common reasons prayers are not answered.
Most of us pray weak prayers, not the kind of prayers Jesus taught us to pray. Jesus taught all his followers to say the prayer in a commanding way, such as the apostles prayed in Acts 3:6 “In the name of Jesus, get up and walk!” Acts 14:10, Paul told a lame man “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk. This is a very important point. Jesus often prayed this way. He was modeling for us the correct way to pray.
In the Old and New Testament, everyone who got answers to prayer spoke the prayer out loud. In Matthew 17:20 Jesus said “If you have faith…you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”
Notice Jesus said “you will say.” You will speak it out loud.
The prayer is not prayed in faith.
When Jesus healed a woman, he told the woman who had been bleeding “Your faith has healed you.” Matthew 9:22. Why did he say it was her faith that healed her? It is because he was emphasizing the power of faith. Over two dozen times Jesus says that the key to answered prayer is faith. See Matthew 9:22, 9:29, 17:20, 7:8, 21:22; Mark 9:23, 11:24, Luke 8:50, 18:1 and John 14:14, 15:7, 16:23. See verses http://wp.me/p2rHBL-mO See also James 1: 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
James 4:2 You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Someone might ask for a gun to kill their enemy, but that is the wrong motive and God almost certainly will not answer it.
How to strengthen your faith
Memorize Bible verses on faith and say them out loud twice a day or more. Saying them out loud is more powerful than thinking them silently.
Be grateful to God. Your gratitude makes your faith stronger. That is not just my idea, many experts on faith say this is true. Also, secular psychologists say that gratitude is a powerful attitude that brings good things into your life.
Imagine the prayer is answered. See it answered in your mind. This is another thing that psychologists say is important for achieving goals. Olympic athletes do this. They visualize going through their routine perfectly and then standing on the gold medal platform to receive their gold medal.
Think about how happy you will feel when you receive the answer to your prayer. Your emotions are good indicators of your faith. Any negative emotion shows a lack of faith and any positive emotion shows strong faith. For example, if you pray for finances and you still worry about how you will pay your bills, that is not faith. Feeling peaceful about the money coming in to pay the bills as you believe for abundance, is strong faith. The fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22) are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. These all strengthen your faith and indicate strong faith.
Pray once and then thank God for the answer, don’t beg by repeating the same request over and over. That shows lack of faith. Asking God, “Why aren’t you answering my prayer?!” shows lack of faith. Thanking God that the answer is coming, that it is already answered but the result is not seen yet show strong faith. Example: “Thank you God that you have given me the money to pay my bills.” Unfortunately, it sometimes takes time for the answer to come to us.
More about faith http://bradstanton.com/2012/07/10/faith-makes-your-prayers-powerful/
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A man told me that while his daughter was on a mission trip in Africa he woke up in the middle of the night feeling like he should pray for her. He prayed for her for almost two hours. Later he found out that she had been in a car wreck (it was daytime there in Africa at the time) and the jeep she had been a passenger in was totaled. No one in the jeep was seriously hurt, they only had minor scrapes and bruises, but people who saw the wrecked jeep were amazed that people weren’t killed. Apparently he was awoken at the right time to pray for her.
Years ago I lived in southern China and made a trip to Hong Kong to go to a seminar to learn about the Holy Spirit. I assumed it would give me some knowledge that I was curious about. The missionary leading the seminar was Jackie Pullinger, the writer who started an outreach to drug addicts and prostitutes in the walled city in Hong Kong. I sat in a crowd of people listening to her when she began saying that she saw angels and that there would be healings at the meeting. I thought she must be crazy, but later I realized that my injured elbow didn’t hurt anymore.
Once in the 1980’s my car began having problems. It would lose power for a short time and then if I pumped the gas pedal, it would begin to run again. The problem got worse and worse every day until one evening when I was driving a friend and her son to church it stopped and wouldn’t start again. We were close to church so we walked. At the end of the church service she went forward and asked people to pray for my car. I was embarrassed because I had never heard of anyone praying for a car before. The people prayed and I left to walk to my car. I thought there was a small chance that it would start, so I got in and turned the key. It started and didn’t have any problems at all after that.
While I was in China I saw and heard about many miracles. People were healed, saved from auto wrecks and many other things. Another time I went to Hong Kong to Pullingers church and a man from the USA was there preaching. He had been high up in the Italian mafia in the States until someone invited him to church. He became a Christian and turned himself in, but told the police about some other mafia men. Because of that the mafia decided to kill him. While he was in prison for his crimes, someone brought in a bomb with a detonating device on it. He put it in the man’s jail cell, left and pushed the detonate button. Nothing happened. He took it out to a field, pushed the button and it exploded. He tried the same thing with a second bomb in an attempt to kill the reformed mafia man. The same thing happened again, no explosion in the cell, but it exploded out in the field. Apparently God had plans for the reformed man and now he travels the world telling his testimony about what God did for him.
You have seeds of greatness inside you that enable you to achieve the goals and dreams in your life. When you plant a seed, you probably water it often, weed it, and put fertilizer on it. The more you cultivate it, the better the harvest will be. In the same way, your seeds of greatness need cultivation to grow and cause you to be extraordinary.
Your goals may be a happier marriage, a promotion at work, to get out of debt, or better health. These are all possible goals and dreams.
Some ways to cultivate your seeds of greatness are to think positive thoughts instead of negative. Set goals and believe that you can achieve them. Be persistent, diligent and enjoy working for the dreams and goals in your life. The more you enjoy working toward the goals, the better you will work. You will end up working smarter instead of harder. Thomas Edison said he never worked a day in his life because he enjoyed it so much it was fun, not work.
Faith, belief, optimism are powerful forces that help you achieve the extraordinary. Most people don’t even think about becoming extraordinary. They don’t believe they can do it, so they don’t even try.
Affirmations are one way many people achieve success. The famous story of the Little Engine that Could is an example. The little engine was faced with a task that seemed impossible, but he repeated “I think I can, I think I can” over and over until he mustered the gumption to pull a heavy load. He accomplished the task and all the other engines cheered.
If you are a Christian, there are plenty of powerful affirmations you can use. One of them is “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil 4:10
The problem is, accomplishing big things takes lots of time, sometimes years. It is easy to get discouraged along the way and give up. But you have never failed until you quit. The old saying really is true: winners never quit and quitters never win. http://bradstanton.com/2013/03/09/amazing-coincidences/