Our passion for God can fade when we don’t seem to have our prayers answered. We may have a loved one who isn’t following Jesus and we have been praying for what feels like forever that they will experience his forgiveness. Perhaps you have prayed for someone who is sick, and they just aren’t getting better. The bible teaches us a lot about prayer so lets take a few days and explore some thoughts on prayer.
“Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia.”
Daniel 10:12-13 NLT
Here we find a conversation between an angel of God and Daniel, Daniel had asked prayed and God had sent an answer with his angel, as we read we see that even though God had sent the answer it took twenty-one days to get to Daniel. The angel had been blocked by one of the enemy’s minions.
So how many prayers that you have sent up to God are now being blocked by the enemy? We get so upset at times or maybe frustrated and feel like God isn’t listening. I want to encourage you not to give up. Keep praying, keep pushing through, don’t just pray for your request but thank God for answering it, it may be answered just not arrived yet. It could be being blocked by the enemy and your prayers of thanksgiving and worship might be what is needed to break though.
A good example of this is from missionary Arnold Bowler who working in Africa had a week-long meeting where hearings were happening. Each day an older lady was coming to receive her sight. Each day he would pray but each day she would return the same. The last day of meetings he moved down the prayer line and when he came to the lady she was excited praying God as when she woke up that morning she could see. The enemy tried to block the healing as he knew it would discourage Arnold, but God wouldn’t allow it to happen and the healing happened.
The bible reminds us to pray without ceasing, to continually bring our request to Him. Don’t be discouraged by unanswered prayers but focus on praising Him for what He is doing and the prayers He is answering.
Jesus, we pray that the answers to prayers will be unblocked from the enemy. Let the saints who are praying not get discouraged because prayers are taking awhile to be answered. Help us to push through the discouragement and thank you for our not yet known answered prayers. Thank you, Jesus for hearings, forgiveness and lost family and friends being saved. they matter to you, so they matter to me. Amen