Prayer Failure…and why

I am very grateful for people who offer prayer in times of trouble. Knowing that prayer changes things, that is what I want constant, and in the center of my existence. Yet, I struggle often with prayer. That is, struggle to begin. I may pray the first thing each morning. I regard that as vital to the day, and that should not be the end of it. Conversation with God throughout the day brings the Divine into every encounter, every action, and into every thought. Bringing the Lord Almighty, El Shaddai, Abba, into every moment of every day draws me into tight relation with Him, and builds my faith, to utter trust in Him. If things go awry, I am not bewildered, perplexed, or helpless. Peace rules the storm.

I see much of the problem is self, and of course, busyness. Then there is outside influence. That is having to focus on work, or conversation, etc. And there is also an enemy that seeks to separate me from my Abba, with his constant harangue of my past and how I am too busy to pray. Oh yes, there is a real devil, working real evil. Do good, think good, live to serve God and others, and you’ll believe in his reality. (But this is not about him.)
Jesus, in Luke 18, taught on prayer:
“Then he spoke a parable to them that men ought always to pray and not lose heart. ‘There was in a certain city, a judge who did not fear God, nor regard man.” (the judge didn’t care what you or God thought) Now there was a widow in that city that came to him saying; “Get justice for me from my adversary.”
“And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself; ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her CONTINUAL coming, she wearies me.'”
Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said, “And shall not God avenge His own elect who cry out DAY and NIGHT to Him, though He bears long with them?” 
“I tell you, He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (vs 1-8 NKJV)
This passage says volumes about success or failure in praying. For one, the woman in the parable didn’t ask once, like a bulldog, she wouldn’t let it go. The arrogant judge caved and gave her what she wanted. God is not unjust and will hear and answer those who pray with diligence, or even those who are determined to pray until God answers. Our failure, without doubt is not asking, or not believing, or our unwillingness to be diligent in asking.
Prayer is a habit. It is a habit that alters everything. First of all, it changes the one praying. Pray for those you do not like, and you will see them differently. Then by praying, you stop wishing foolishly, that things will improve. Relentless prayer puts God into action…quickly.
I cannot tell you how often I have watched people new to recovery from addictions, asking God daily for help, and His responding, their life changing in dramatic ways. You don’t believe in God? Say this every day for a week or two, “God, if you do exist, show me you are real.” You will be contacted by the home office.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.

3 thoughts on “Prayer Failure…and why

  1. Your encouragement on heart prayer and being consistent is great, Keith, the statement ……to do good, think good, live to serve God and others, and you’ll believe in His reality …. is from God not the Devil, all good things come from God including our motivation for doing good. The Devil encourages self-centredness and fleshy pride in our own achievements and disregard for others and their needs, he can’t be any other way, he is evil.

    I’m not talking about those who give to Charity to get a Tax rebate or those who collect money to buy new outfits for their team, or those who use it as an Advertising draw or a Church that has an appeal to get more comfortable seating or a bigger and better Sound System but those who give from the heart willingly and even sacrificially to help others.

    Only as we walk as Jesus walked will we know His reality because His reality is in Loving God and others, caring for them in the good and bad, providing for their needs. We are His Body, His arms, hands, feet and voice, we have His blood pumping in our veins, we are to reach out to a hurting world willingly with what He has provided for our needs and so we are able to help others, it is in giving from the heart that we receive Eternal Kingdom Treasure.

    We also never put God to the test (see below) fleshy man seeks after worldly wisdom believing they have what is needed, others ask for proof before they will believe, yes we do ask God but in Faith as Gideon did with the fleece but we don’t demand. God is our Creator, we fear Him meaning respect Him, we do not consider ourselves better than Him, so we feel we have the right to order Him around. We ask reverently with humbleness and submission, believing in His great Love, Mercy, Compassion and Grace to provide what is needed and even give us our Godly heart desires.

    1 Corinthians 1:21-23 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

  2. I really should have further explained the statement regarding the devil. When we do as God leads us, or as scripture directs, he does everything he can to distract us and throw us off course. When we are passive in our life in Christ…he leaves us alone. Become a threat to the kingdom of darkness, you’ll know his reality. Thanks Anne for the comments! Be well down-under.

  3. Thanks Keith for clarifying what you meant, I thought later I must have read it wrong, what you say is very True, I was once told that it is only when we are weak that the Devil attacks, us but what about Job, Paul, Stephen, Peter etc but his victory was very short lived and he could not destroy their souls, God protected them as He does us , our foot does not slip , we do not fall away and reject Jesus in our heart, the unforgivable sin, if we sin before we are perfected in Love we are forgiven Jesus is our Advocate and will also rescue us if needed, God knows those who are His.

    Thank you Keith for welcoming me to share on your Blog, I feel blessed to do so.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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