How To Never Have a Prayer Go Unanswered
There is only one way to make sure no prayer goes unanswered. Today we explain exactly how to make sure you never lift up a prayer that God does not answer.
Many Christians are always looking for a step-by-step answer to make sure they can lift up prayers to God and they get answered.
Maybe you’re financially hurting?
Perhaps you or a loved one has cancer?
Maybe something awful is happening to a close friend and you lift up an unselfish prayer for God to rescue them.
So here is what you need to do if you want to make sure you never have a prayer to God go unanswered.
DO NOT PRAY
I realize that’s not the answer many of you were looking for, but that is the only way you can have a prayer never go unanswered. I certainly would encourage everyone to pray without ceasing. To pray about everything to God. Talk to him like your father, and share everything that’s on your heart and ask him for anything that is on your heart.
1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
But watch out for the liars and wolves who would have you believe that if you just pray enough, believe enough, or repent enough that no matter what you ask for God will say “yes”. I can assure you if that were the case every single human being that ever lived would be a Christian today and there would be no poverty, no disease, no death, no suffering, etc.
In 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 we see where the apostle Paul pleaded with God on three separate occasions to take this thorn out of his side. God did not answer yes. In fact, his response was that his grace was sufficient.
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
So apparently, even the great apostle Paul did not always get the answer ‘yes’ to his prayers.
I’ve said it once but I’m going to say it again, today’s lesson is not about avoiding prayer. In fact, I would strongly encourage you to live in prayer on a daily basis.
But when the liars come out with their twisted biblical messages that if you just perform the right way and believe enough then every prayer you lift up to God will be responded to with a ”yes is deep deception from the evil one.
So why would I send this message? I’m sending this message because when you start believing the lie that God says ‘yes’ to all of those that performed perfectly, then the very moment you lift up a prayer that goes on answered is the very moment you’re no longer trusting in Jesus, but instead, you’re obsessing over yourself. You’re wondering does God love me? You’re wondering am I still not performing well enough? You’re wondering what’s the 20% tithe not enough and so I lift it to 30%? Even worse, someone start wondering if God is even real or even loves people in the first place. Your obsession soon becomes completely centered around you and your performance and thereby no longer on Jesus and His actual promises.
The gospel should be the same for every human Christian no matter where in the world we live. There are people who love Jesus with all their heart and liver very upright godly lives and sincerely believe in the promises of Jesus yet they have no running water, no electricity, and are lucky if they get a bowl of rice, let alone a hamburger from the local McDonald’s.
The apostle Paul teaches us that as humans we don’t even have a clue what to pray for. God’s ways are higher than ours. When we pray, we get it wrong, but the Spirit intercedes and lifts those prayers up to God (himself ). It would be like praying for a hamburger, and then the Spirit determining that’s not the will of God, and instead bringing you a steak, a vitamin, or maybe nothing at all. Either way, the prayer that the Spirit interceded and lifted up will always get an answer of ‘yes’.
[Romans 8:26] In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
So the answer is to continue praying but instead of thinking we require a ‘yes’ from God, how about we just trust that the Spirit knows what’s best for us, and even when we don’t see it, believe that God is good and we can trust His answer even if it looks terrible in the eyes of a child lifting up the prayer.
Perhaps now is a good time to pray for something on your heart. I’m certain God wants to hear it and will respond. All he wants from you is to trust his answer is in everyone’s best interest.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar was raised in a church setting where he frequently noticed that many attendees would eventually drift away. The church labeled these individuals as ‘back sliders’ or ‘fake Christians’ just looking for ‘fire insurance’. However, Mike realized the issue was rarely with these individuals but instead with the church’s message itself. The teachings heavily emphasized behavior improvement and one’s flaws, with only a fleeting mention of one’s identity in Christ. It felt as though every sermon was tailored to the church of Corinth, who as we know or committing sins that even unbelievers don’t partake in. This trend was noticeable not just in one denomination, but across Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, and many other churches. Upon understanding the true essence of the gospel – that our righteousness comes from Jesus’ actions, not our own – Mike was inspired to liberate believers from lifeless sermons and reconnect them with the genuine teachings of Jesus. He believes that one can nurture a vibrant and growing bond with Jesus, unhindered by rigid religious practices. And thus, “Jesus Without Religion” was born.
It turns out that it is grace that leads to repentance. And if our heart is to get others to walk in the Spirit and live a godly life, then the best approach is not a beat down sermon, but rather to remind other that it is only when we understand our true identity in Christ that we will live it out. Yes, it’s true, if you’re convinced that God thinks you’re a dirty sinner, you will ultimately continue a lifestyle that mirrors that view, but if you truly believe that even on your worst day, you are called holy, sanctified, justified, and will be presented blameless in the end, well, it turns out this is the secret to living out on the outside what has been worked in to the inside.