Where is my answer?

Many of us, at some point in our lives, have searched for the answer or the breakthrough to a difficult or unclear situation. As Christians, we are fully aware that the answers to life’s most pressing questions comes from God. As a matter of fact, our God is willing and able to answer all our questions, great or small. After all, the Bible says “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7) But what happens when you have prayed, and prayed, and prayed over a particular situation and you are not getting the breakthrough you are looking for? What could be the problem and how do you handle it?

Consider asking yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you believe God heard your prayer? Your answer to this question should be a resounding yes. Here are a few Bible verses that speak to this:
    1. Psalm 34:15 – The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.
    2. 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 – If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers of the people offered in this place.
    3. 1 Corinthians 5:20 – They cried out to God during the battle, and he answered their prayer because they trusted in him. So the Hagrites and all their allies were defeated.
  1. What do you confess after you pray? Are you cancelling your prayers with negative words? It is so important that you speak life into your circumstances. The Bible contains many scriptures about being mindful of how we speak.
    1. Proverbs 18.21a – Death and life are in the power of the tongue.
    2. Proverbs 14:23 – In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads only to poverty.
    3. James 3:6 – And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

If you speak evil, you will reap evil. If you speak good, you will reap good. Speak life into your circumstances.

  1. Is what you’re praying for aligned with God’s word and His purpose for your life?
    1. Philippians 2:13 – For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
    2. Proverbs 3:5,6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
    3. “Prayer is not an argument with God to persuade him to move things our way, but an exercise by which we are enabled by his Spirit to move ourselves his way.” ~ Leonard Ravenhill. 
  1. Do you have any unforgiveness in your heart? Unforgiveness blocks your communication with God.
    1. Psalm 66:18 – If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
    2. Isaiah 59:2 – But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
    3. Matthew 18:34-35 – In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.
  1. Are you being impatient? Just because it’s not here doesn’t mean it’s not coming. In Luke 18, the parable of the persistent widow teaches us that we should always pray and not give up. Heaven’s best gifts are reserved for those who persist in prayer.

Finally, when you pray, pray for wisdom and pray for the desire and power to follow His will and not fight for your own. God is hearing your prayers but is setting you up for something greater than you can ever imagine. Wait on the Lord and be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart.

Your breakthrough is on the way. Trust Him!

 

Credit: I thank Apostle Candace Ford for her mentorship and for helping me articulate those tough questions that we must always ask ourselves when it appears our prayers are not being answered.