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(Un)answered Prayer

05/30/2011 Leave a comment

God has editing rights over our prayers. He will… edit them, correct them, bring them in line with His will and then hand them back to us to be resubmitted. ~Stephen Crotts

Last week, God granted and answered my prayer. To let my brother go into apprenticeship or on-the-job training (which I even asked my fiancee to pray the same) since it is one of the requirements in his studies for communications engineering. Wednesday night, my prayer was granted.  My brother was accepted and got into one of the leading telco company in our country. However, I would say that some of my prayers like to make rain stop from falling since my fiancee have their company outing did not stop as what I’ve expected (though I must admit, I can’t verify from my fiancée how heavy the rain was at that time). But one thing caught my attention which I got from Finest Quotes that made this post to have that opening statement.

For sure God “did listen and hear” my prayers but somehow it is not aligned with His will that He simply allow the rain to pour down… Disappointed, I still prayed, thinking of possible obstacles that resulted to unanswered prayer.  And then I realized… He wants me to depend more on him, making me more humble, continuously changing my perspective from my own to His.

Before I conclude my posts, I think it’s best to share below links I visited in understanding prayer.

  1. Getting Prayers Answered
  2. Three Keys to Answered Prayer
  3. The Correct Way to Pray
Glory to God, glory to Lord Jesus!

Obstacles to Answered Prayer

05/25/2011 1 comment

Wow!  Just posted about answered prayer a while ago and a minute or two I received an email from Daily Devotions with Greg Laurie.

“Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.”

—Isaiah 59:1–2

Unconfessed sin and Idolatry is the reason why our prayers will go unanswered by God as stated in Psalm 66:18,

“If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”

So let me conclude my post from Greg’s message,

Is there someone or something that is more important to you than God himself? Anyone or anything that becomes more important to you than God can potentially become your idol. Any object, idea, philosophy, habit, occupation, or sport that has your primary concern and loyalty—or to any degree, decreases your trust and loyalty to God—could potentially become an idol. And it could stop your prayers from being answered.