He reached the house only to find it so ridiculously crowded (probably with people peering through windows and spilling out everywhere) that entry was impossible. I would love to explore this with you but to adequately do so would be straying too far from the topic in hand. It isn’t on God’s agenda. The last one is the most difficult. Bible Verses About Unanswered Prayer Bible verses related to Unanswered Prayer from the King James Version (KJV) by Relevance - Sort By Book Order James 4:3 - Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts. The point, however, is that no one should be shocked that when James was searching for an example of the power of prayer (James 5:16-18), and Hebrews 11 wanted to stress the power of faith, both cited the Old Testament. So, however one looks at it, Paul’s experience – and that of every other spiritually powerful woman or man who has suffered for Christ – rocks many people’s shallow understanding of the Bible’s teaching about prayer. . During all those empty hours, did he never find time to pray that he be released earlier than he was? “I have heard your prayer. There are numerous examples of prayers that have been answered in Scripture. Having prayed and prayed and prayed and prayed and failed all those times, it was clear to Elijah what was wrong: he hadn’t prayed enough. . . I’m as appalled as you at the despicable way David conceived the baby whose life he pleaded for. Proverbs 28:9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, … For what god is there in heaven or in earth that can do works like yours, and mighty acts like yours? Even on the topic in hand, I have no delusion of having exhausted the inexhaustible riches in a fraction of God’s Word. When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. Finally, in response to still more pleas, he added that granting her request was not right, plus he referred to her as a dog – an unclean animal. They certainly aren’t a fun part. But she said, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”, His disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away; for she cries after us.”, But he answered, “I wasn’t sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”, But she came and worshiped him, saying, “Lord, help me.”, But he answered, “It is not appropriate [“is not right” is how most versions put it] to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”, But she said, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”. Consider who was wanting to burn to crisp the inhabitants of an entire village for being slow to recognize their anointing. .) For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. In our era, crammed as it is with “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,” (2 Timothy 3:4) this is a startling statement. . King David had yet another longing that God denied. Moses had such a favored position with God that the Lord states in his Word: Exodus 33:11 The Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. All the disciples joined forces in asking him to send the Canaanite woman away but their Lord ended up doing the exact opposite (Matthew 15:23, 28). Who knows whether the Lord will not be gracious to me, that the child may live? Unanswered prayer is such an important topic and so easily confused by fuzzy thinking or misinterpretation of the Bible, that I have devoted several webpages to the topic; each approaching the subject from a different angle. . With him, I will speak mouth to mouth, even plainly, and not in riddles; and he shall see the Lord’s form. We begin to find the Bible’s answer when we notice that all these promises are found only in certain parts of the Bible. “In forty days, Nineveh will be overthrown!”. If you were the only person in the universe the Almighty had to consider and if he had only to concern himself with this moment in time and not consider your future, there would be much less reason for this webpage. Seek humility. It is hard to resist when it dovetails so perfectly with various matters we have been discovering. He, and his brother James, asked Jesus for a special place of privilege and power the age to come. Unanswered Prayer: New Testament Revelation. and turn to the Lord, your God; Though not always associated with unanswered prayer, the principle of unavoidable judgment achieving good extends beyond Old Testament incidents. Virtually the entire crowd turned against them, telling them to shut up. . Many also of those who had believed came, confessing, and declaring their deeds. What an astonishingly beautiful story resulted from Jesus’ refusal to do as they had asked! slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness, The upshot is clear: when exercised in submission to God, faith-filled prayer can achieve astonishing things. For example, Scripture is emphatic that, in practice, it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18) or to deny his very nature (2 Timothy 2:13). . Prayerfully reject whatever you don’t want in your … when they persecute you in this city, flee into the next . Nothing screams this more emphatically than this incident carefully persevered in God’s Word: Amos 7:1-9 Thus the Lord God showed me: and behold, he formed locusts . “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” I know this is a difficult promise for us. “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us,” pleaded Philip. . Somehow, he cajoled his long-suffering friends to push through people on the outside to climb the roof, hoist him up, break through the roof – the owner must have been delighted – and lower him into the room crammed with people. . Again the servant checked. . We must recognize the process, lest in our confusion we defame our Lord by supposing he instigated things that were utterly contrary to the perfection of his love and goodness. This is hardly surprising, since both feature the same God who changes not (Malachi 3:6; Psalm 102:27), and the New Testament keeps citing the Old with divine authority. Similarly, for complex reasons that are often beyond us, it is sometimes impossible for God to answer our prayers and it be the best (righteous, most loving, most effective) course of action. Besides longing to serve a God who is loving, patient and merciful, who would want to be in a church where if you happened to annoy someone, he/she could literally incinerate you with a single prayer? Then I said, “Lord God, stop, I beg you! The Lord relented concerning this. . Another apostle, writing under the Spirit’s anointing to a different audience, said the same thing: 1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, don’t be astonished at the fiery trial which has come upon you, to test you, as though a strange thing happened to you. It begs the question, however: isn’t this precisely what God has promised in certain Scriptures? Certainly not! In her culture, those around her saw infertility as an ignominy, an indicator of a hidden sin or disfavor in God’s eyes. One of the reasons why prayer is so misunderstood is because we have taken certain verses in the Bible and we use them in a completely unintended way. But I am in a dilemma between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. “One of the illusions of life,” said Emerson, “is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour.” There are times when unanswered prayer rams home this truth like nothing else can. David humbly accepted God’s decision. . Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life. . We noted that despite the Lord already pronouncing that David’s baby would die, he kept praying. Paul was a great man of Prayer, he prayed three times for the removal of that "thorn in the flesh." Not only was Jesus conscious that, theoretically, nothing is impossible with God, he taught this very thing (Matthew 19:26). Among even the twelve apostles, Peter, James and John had a uniquely close relationship with Jesus (Mark 5:37; 9:2 13:3; 14:33; Galatians 2:9). Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Faith in God’s goodness is the one thing that will save us from the danger of seeing only the obvious and being thrown by circumstances. . They had the intelligence to realize that human inability to perceive every eventuality means that even what to us seems essential or undeniably good, could astonish us by turning out disastrously and prove to be the very thing we should never have asked for. . If I cause evil animals to pass through the land, and they ravage it, and it is made desolate, so that no man may pass through because of the animals; though these three men were in it, as I live, says the Lord, they should deliver neither sons nor daughters . We should read these and take comfort. People repeatedly asked Jesus for a sign and received only a rebuke (Matthew 12:38-39; 16:1,4; John 6:30). The Lord said to me, “Let this satisfy you. There, God’s will is done perfectly and exclusively because the divine Judge has reluctantly banished to eternal judgment everyone breaking his heart and hurting each other by acting contrary to his perfect ways. Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind would not be toward this people . . Doing so was not impertinent (we stressed his humility). Appears in the text Perhaps the Bible’s greatest example of a battle of wills ending in the Lord seeming to change his mind is the Canaanite woman. . The apostle, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, did not say pray and it will go away but that suffering has been “graciously granted” to them. God relented of the disaster which he said he would do to them, and he didn’t do it. ], Jonah 3:4-5, 10 Jonah . At least eight other Bible versions use the expression “share in his sufferings”. Paul on the one hand, wishes to be such a person (Col 1:24-25)—to suffer in Christ’s stead that others may be consoled (2 Cor 1:4-6), to die that others might live (2 Cor 4:12), to endure hardships that others might be saved (1 Cor 4:13 . . (Matthew 17:14-18). . . . Whoever doesn’t bear his own cross, and come after me, can’t be my disciple. Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani, he prayed on the cross, a phrase so important it is quoted in the original Aramaic in the Bible and translated, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). . How could Jacob stand? Despite his nation being in dire need, the Lord specifically told Jeremiah that he would refuse to answer his prayers: This inspired a deeper study of the what Greek word means in the context of this verse Details. For example, twice in the same chapter we see Jeremiah edging exceedingly close to asking God to spare his nation from the divine judgment it thoroughly deserved. As much as we might wish it, prayer is not the coward’s way out, nor a ticket to an easy life. But truth puts muscle on our faith. . If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, will make myself known to him in a vision. He prayed again, pouring out his heart to God. Both in new and old testament they are many answered prayers. . On another occasion, James and John asked Jesus for special favor, introducing their request with, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we will ask” (Mark 10:35-41). Then The Lord’s word came to Isaiah, saying, “Go, and tell Hezekiah, ‘The Lord says . . For he is small.” I will move on, but to help shed light on the difference between the good that God would do in a world that let him, and the good he wrings out of anti-God situations, here’s a quote of mine: As an oyster, instead of ejecting a detested irritant, transforms it into an exquisite pearl, the infinitely good Lord takes acts he despises and, in staggering patience and breath-taking genius, fashions them into love-filled masterpieces of divine beauty. . How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out! If even those so close to Jesus could ask of him such dangerously foolish things, we should all heave a sigh of relief and praise God that Christians’ prayers can go unanswered. This was the same anointed prophet, on the same occasion, interceding for the same nation and the inspired account introduces the situation the same way (“Thus he showed me and behold . He will tread our iniquities under foot; and you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. The long-suffering servant returned yet again. He is faithful in all my house. . If you aren’t already part of a small group (or prayer group) that meets regularly—join one. . The notion of embracing such suffering, though well understood in New Testament times, is so foreign to our sin-sick, self-infatuated era that many of us slip over Scriptures about sharing Christ’s suffering as if they don’t exist. . You might not think this is directly applicable to your unanswered prayer because, unlike those who wanted to die, you prayed for something that is undeniably best. Elijah prayed. Among even the twelve apostles, Peter, James and John had a uniquely close relationship with Jesus (Mark 5:37; 9:2 13:3; 14:33; Galatians 2:9). David was so close to God that the Lord said he was “a man after his own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22). Not only were James and John one-sixth of the chosen twelve (or, if you include treacherous Judas, among the one fourth of them who were terrifyingly willing to kill) they were two-thirds of the select inner circle, who were especially close to Jesus (Scriptures). In the following, however, we will add significantly more Scriptures and unpack them, extracting treasure that will empower us. . . It might be humbling – some might even find it frustration – but pondering the implications of Scriptures like the following can lead to no other conclusion. Despite his nation being in dire need, the Lord specifically told Jeremiah that he would refuse to answer his prayers: Jeremiah 7:16 Therefore don’t pray for this people, neither lift up a cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me; for I will not hear you. I have certainly uncovered many that do not appear in Bible dictionaries, topical Bibles or cross-references. Moses said to the people, “You have sinned a great sin. As children grow, however, they commence the long and unsettling discovery that life is far more complex than they had dared dream. Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, came to him, and said to him, “The Lord says, ‘Set your house in order, for you will die, and not live.’ ” Peculiarly, that’s relevant and yet changes nothing. Yet, to remain in the flesh is more needful for your sake. Instead of surrendering to the impossibility, he persuaded friends to carry him. (Emphasis mine.). Place mouse or equivalent over a Bible reference on-line Many of those who practiced magical arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. . Our careful examination of the New Testament will confirm that what it reveals about unanswered prayer is identical to our Old Testament discoveries. But I am in a dilemma between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. That way they could still help the lost, without suffering. The Lord relented concerning this. Joel 2:13-14 Tear your heart, and not your garments, Unanswered Prayers (From a sermon of Bro. . don’t be anxious for tomorrow . If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household! Not even an all-powerful God can do the logically absurd, such as make a square circle. But note the outcome of Jesus having to reverse his decision and act contrary to what he had publically stated to be his divine mission: Matthew 15:28 Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Their request was denied. Even after Jesus’ resurrection, the apostles asked for something as seemingly harmless as revelation and they were denied: Acts 1:6-7 “Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It isn’t for you to know times or seasons which the Father has set within his own authority. . the God of Israel, says to you, Baruch: You said, Woe is me now! 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