“When you pray, do not keep talking on and on the way ungodly people do. They think they will be heard because they talk a lot. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need even before you ask him.” Matthew 6:7-8
This week I am going through Bill Hybels study ‘Too Busy Not To Pray” It is not the first time I have gone through this study but right now in my spiritual walk I feel I need to focus more on prayer as I also feel I am entering a new phase in my ministry and mission where I need the Holy Spirits guidance as I seek to know God’s will, His guidance of how it will evolve and trust Him to lead me in His timing.
In the book ‘Too Busy Not Pray’ Bill Hybels says of our ministry and mission.
- Will it bring glory to God?
- Will it advance the Kingdom?
- Will it help people?
- Will it help me grow spiritually?
To all of these questions I answer YES!
In his book Bill Hybels says their are some a number of reasons God isn’t answering our prayers.
You want something, but you can’t get it. You kill and want what others have. But you can’t have what you want. You argue and fight. You don’t have what you want, because you don’t ask God. James 4:2
- Unconfessed sin
Your sins have separated you from your God. They have caused him to turn his face away from you. So he won’t listen to you. Isaiah 59:2
- Unresolved relational conflict
“Suppose you are offering your gift at the altar. And you remember that your brother has something against you. Leave your gift in front of the altar. First go and make peace with your brother. Then come back and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24
When you do ask for something, you don’t receive it. Why? Because you ask for the wrong reason. You want to spend your money on your sinful pleasures. James 4:3
- Uncaring attitudes
If you refuse to listen to the cries of poor people, you too will cry out and not be answered. Proverbs 21:13
- Inadequate faith
What I’m about to tell you is true. Suppose one of you says to this mountain, ‘Go and throw yourself into the sea.’ You must not doubt in your heart. You must believe that what you say will happen. Then it will be done for you. Mark 11:23
pg 95 “If the truth be known, often you and I are the obstacles standing in the way of us receiving a desperately needed miracle.” I don’t want to be so today I am making a conscious to spend more time in the presence of my ‘One True Higher Power’ seeking His will for my life and His power to carry it out.
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