Have you wondered why your prayers are not answered?
”Then she made a vow and said, ‘O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” 1 Sam.1:11
Hannah in desperate need for a child entered God’s presence in prayers making her request known. One interesting thing about Hannah and her prayer is; she was definite. Specifically, Hannah asked for a male child. The other part of it is that she also made a definite vow. And as she prayed, so did God answer.
There is a whole lot to learn from here. Whenever we go to God in prayers we must be specific, i.e. telling Him exactly what we desire and not prayer as though we are not sure of what we need. Hannah knew what she needed, so she prayed in faith. Most a times, we pray doubting because we are not sure of what we need and even when we are sure we pray wrongly.
Indeed we have an assurance from God concerning our requests being granted: ”And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matt. 21:22 (Lk. 11:9; John 11:22; 14:14; 16:23; Eph. 3:20; Jas. 1:5). But there is a condition, which is that of asking in faith as the one who prays specific prayers is one who has faith. James made this clear: ”But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind…..” (Jas. 1:6-8). Then Apostle Mark wrote: ”For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that does things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says…” (Mk. 11:23-24).
Before going to God in prayers we must also weigh the value of our requests against God’s values. When Hannah prayed she made a vow. Note that the answer to her prayer not only met her needs but also that of God. Most a times we pray out of needs of the flesh so our prayers are not answered. We must begin to pray not only to meet our needs but the needs of the kingdom. Just as an earthly father will not yield to the request of his son if that request will harm him or will not be fruitful, our heavenly Father will not do less. ”You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (Jas. 4:3)
Therefore, at the point of prayer we must be specific praying in faith and our prayers should not be aimed at meeting only our needs but that of God also.
Why not ask God today to lead you in prayers through His Spirit that you might pray His heart and need?