5 Reasons Your Prayers Are Detained – Not Answered
There are times we offer prayers and we expect God to answer us earnestly. Even when we are assured that there isn’t any iota of doubt in our hearts or sin, to be an obstacle or whatsoever we can think of.
A question comes to mind, “what then could be the hindrance to our prayers being held up?”
In the course of this article I would like to enlighten you on the basic factors delaying our supplications to God.
Definition of Prayer.
It is a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or another deity.
Relevant Article: Prayer Guidelines For Our Children.
Why do we Pray?
One of the vital factors that cause us to pray to God is because it is the only platform by which we have communication with Him. Most importantly, it is also another medium we have, to acknowledge God as our Maker, Father, Friend, Succour etc.
Other essential reasons why we pray is because we want our needs to be attended to and also ask for the forgiveness of our wrongdoings.
However, there are seasons when God keeps silent to your prayers. It might be He is working out the best for you or he wants to test your faith in Him.
Dear Beloved, among all these factors mentioned, it wouldn’t be far-fetched, but you don’t need to stop praying.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Also, Psalm 84:11 declares, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
1. God is waiting for your Compliance (Obedience)
He is expecting you to cooperate in all things that relate to your walk with Him. A songwriter wrote, “Trust and Obey.” This implies that you obey him completely and trust totally.
2. You are asking Amiss ( being doubtful)
James 1:6 has this to say, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
More so, Hebrews 11:6 concludes with faith, “But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.
Therefore, clear every form of doubt in your mind and pray in accordance with the will of God.
3. He (God) has a massive plan for you.
Psalm 34:10 puts it, “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.” Always bear in mind that God has a beautiful purpose for your life despite the delay.
Being hopeful and optimistic will propel you to pray more.
4. It might not be the time.
In every prayer you offer to God, there will be a still small voice that might tell you “Yes, No or Wait.”
What I mean is as a believer, there are times you pray that God may say, “I have answered” or “No, I haven’t.”
Maybe He tells you to wait, in other words, meaning “be patient.” Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
5. God’s plan for you might be different from your own.
You might be praying for a partner, good job, buying a property, etc. but God might have a different agenda for you, meaning He knows what is best for you.
It doesn’t mean that asking for the above isn’t good. He makes all things beautiful in his own time.
Keep on trusting God for the best.