Summary: What is the main reason prayers aren’t answered?
Prayer – Ask, Seek, Knock
What do you think is the main reason prayers aren’t answered?
• Last week we talked about approaching God in prayer as our Savior, our Father and our Friend
• These titles God uses to describe himself give us an idea about the subjects we can approach Him with in prayer
• We approach our Savior in matters of sin and forgiveness, worship and praise
• We approach the Father in matters to petition – asking for help
• And we approach God our Friend in personal matters close to the heart
• Each of these titles is welcoming, inviting, relational
• This is how God wants to be regarded by us. He encourages us to approach His throne of Grace with boldness (Heb 4:16)
• Notice it is a throne of Grace, not a throne of judgment or justice
• Christians are no longer under the Law but under Grace (Rom 6:14-15)
• We also spoke about our place in the relationship. A Christian should always remind himself where he came from and how we arrived at being a son of God
• Pharisee and the Publican, Story of the beggar who had his secret room
You will notice I haven’t tried to make you feel guilty about not having enough prayer in your life
• Normally when the subject of prayer comes us, we all know we are underachievers in this area so right away we all start squirming in our seats feeling a little guilty
• But even though we are underachievers, do we really think God wants to hear from us because we feel guilty? No
• So my intention in addressing this subject is not, nor is it God’s, to motive us to want to pray from a position of guilt
• That would be contrary to God’s will
• Why do you think God want to hear from us? Why do we want to hear from our kids? Because they love us!
• Prayer should be a voluntary natural act of loving communication with the God who loves us and is eager to hear from His children
• Make no mistake about it, first and foremost we are spiritual beings in a direct relationship with our Heavenly Father
• He is our Father and we are His children
• Prayer, like the rest of our Christian walk, is a voluntary response to the love of God
• We have a misconception of God and how we are to response to Him if our prayer life is considered to be a duty, or it is something we must do in order to stay in good with Him
• As I have said before, God is more concerned with what we are than what we do!
• It is never what we do that counts with God; it is what we are
• Children of God, by their very nature will want to act like children of God
• Let me share with you a little secret - God is not going to love us any less if we don’t pray as we should anymore than a parent would stop loving his children if they didn’t call each week
• In Luke 13:34, we get an insight into the type of love God has for His wayward children
Luke 13:34 (NKJV) 34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!
• His children had killed the prophets and were about to kill Him, yet Jesus says He is still the doting mother hen wanting to gather his children together.