“Why Aren’t My Prayers Being Answered?”

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“Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.”
–John 9:31

Once most people determine that someone studies the Bible, the most popular response to hearing that information is to ask a question.

One of the most frequently asked questions (in a face-to-face situation) has to do with the sincere-sounding plaint

“Why aren’t my prayers being answered?”

(or some variation on this theme.)

The person who asks ALMOST ALWAYS attends a church and ALL seem genuinely interested in getting an answer which satisfies their curiosity.

And again, their curiosity appears to be driven by a true sincerity.

As one man put it,

“Hey, I go to church.  I show up EVER Sunday.  I never miss putting my envelope in the collection plate. If the church needs someone to do something extra, like fixing a step that’s busted, I ALWAYS volunteer and usually get stuck with doing the job.  So why aren’t my prayers being answered?  That’s all I want to know!”

See?

That question certainly seems to come from someone who REALLY wants an answer.

So, it’s hard to tell such a sincere-sounding person that they are most likely lost.

And God does NOT hear the prayers of the lost: the foolish, wicked, evil sinners.

“He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”
–Proverbs 28:9

Sometimes–though it may be hard to say aloud–the simplest answer is the best answer.

Though it is hard to bring up the topic that the person might be lost, it HAS to be said.

Otherwise, how is one to ever change the path he is on–if changing paths is something he wants to do.

OF COURSE, once one raises the possibility that the questioner is not saved, there are protests.

“I pay my tithes, I show up at church, I teach Sunday School…what else do you have to do to be saved?”

At this point, the conversation usually boils down to asking a question of the one who originally asked HIS question about his prayers not being answered.

“Well, you either believe the Bible or you don’t.”

What Can the Believer Do to WARN Those Who Do Not Believe God’s Word?

Practically EVERYONE insists they DO believe God’s Word, but when God’s Word is not agreeable with their outlook, they get VERY defensive.

“Are you trying to say I’m a sinner?  Is that what you’re saying?”

The Deceived Become Angry When Confronted by the Truth

“The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.”
–Proverbs 15:29

“All I’m saying is that YOU complained that your prayers weren’t being answered.  The Bible is fairly clear why this is.  You don’t agree, you’ll have to take that up with God.”

This doesn’t seem to make the person who originally asked the question feel any better.

BUT, if feeling good is what the person wanted, then they SHOULD have posed their question to their local pastor.

HOWEVER, local pastors are not unfamiliar with questions about their congregations NOT experiencing the power of God.

Blaming God For One’s Lack of Spiritual Power

Just where do all of these church-goers get the idea that they so not have the true power of God?

Apparently, at least some still believe parts of God’s Word and question why their lives lack so much that they are promised in the Bible.

Actually, this may be why so many churches manufacture their own “power of God” moments for their congregations. To contrive such feelings, powerful music, thumping bass speakers, incense-spiced air, chanting the same phrase or song chorus repeatedly and other schemes are unleashed upon the church folk to make them believe they are experiencing a “move of God.”

It is about this time in the conversation when it is pointed out that God’s Word is FULL of the many times God promises to NOT hear the prayers of those who do not fear Him or do NOT keep his commandments.

The other person is usually not very impressed.  IN FACT, the other person is more concerned that someone might think he is NOT a Christian.

It is also about this time in the conversation when it is pointed out that once one becomes a Christian–a believer–then one will no longer be asking the question, “Why aren’t my prayers being answered?”

“Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.”
–Proverbs 1:28-30

DOES the reader belong to a local church?

DOES the reader ever wonder about why he does not experience the power of God as it promises in God’s Word?

DOES the reader then shrug and say to himself, “I must be doing something wrong“?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: November 20-22, 2020.]

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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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What Does One Say to the Church Folk?

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“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
–Proverbs 11:30

Except for the odd believer scattered here and there, the ENTIRE world is eligible to be saved from the fires of perdition.

“After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”

So, for the person intent on winning souls, all the world is his oyster.

HOWEVER, standing in the way of trying to win those souls are the lost themselves.

MANY are offended that someone might think THEY need saving!

MANY others are not happy with the idea that someone might think they know where to find the answer to eternal life:  “Don’t push your religion on me. Keep that God and Jesus stuff to yourself!

ALMOST ALL are CONVINCED that they are a “good person.

“Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
–Psalm 53:3B

HOWEVER, near the top of the list for stubbornness, resistance to Biblical commands and sheer defiance are the great majority of the church-goers.

MORE: The Primary Reasons the Lost Stubbornly Remain Lost

IF a person does not believe they need saving (feeling they already have all the knowledge and understanding they need), that person will not likely be very open to listening to reasons WHY they are lost.

Lest the reader feel this is too harsh an assessment, it comes from a LONG-TIME member of the churches over most of his life–continuing to even AFTER he became spiritually reborn and entered the kingdom of heaven.

For one thing, no group on earth is as heavily indoctrinated as the church folk.  And no group is carefully shepherded by more friendly,  smiling wolves in the pulpits than those who occupy the pews at their Sunday meeting club they call the “church.”

And so, those who are supposed to be filled with the power of God complain endlessly about their lack of spiritual power.

And the ones who prowl the pulpits are only too happy to provide excuses why the congregations have no power–EXCEPT they will NOT breathe a word about the powerless person NOT being reborn or saved; i.e., a Christian.

SO, to the one who is trying to win souls: the church members are a HUGE pool of SEEMINGLY potentially-winnable souls.  NOW, those who frequent that pool had better take a life preserver, BUT if one is around when God “pries one of their eyes open,” then the church member usually becomes one of the most fervent Christians imaginable.

“What does one say to the church folk to wake them from their slumber?”

The answer is a hard one to live with for any who attempt to win souls.

One simply says NOTHING.

Oh, one should preach the gospel to them.  After all, the gospel is the power of God unto salvation.

But one should be prepared to be scolded for thinking someone who attends church should hear the gospel!

BUT, at some point, that church person SHOULD hear the gospel of Jesus Christ: he certainly will not hear it preached in his church building.

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There is little one can say to the deceived to improve their circumstance.

Deception is a spiritual problem.  Only God Himself can change a man’s heart.

IF the church folk get new hearts, THEN they are an end times force to be reckoned with–instead of Satan’s prime recruiting ground for his end times Church of the Dragon.

DOES the reader attend a local church?

DOES the reader ever wonder if he is bound for heaven?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: November 18, 2020.]

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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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© Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report, 2012-20. © Mondo Frazier and End Times Prophecy Report, DBKP 2007-2020. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Link Disclaimer: inclusion of links to other blogs/websites is not necessarily an endorsement of all content posted in those blogs/websites.

[NOTE: The following articles are from a service. We neither endorse nor at times have much control over them–although we do, of course, enjoy articles originating from this website on this service. Some articles illustrate points made in ETPR articles; some are merely for the reader’s edification or education.

ALL such links appearing in End Times Prophecy Headlines, such as those below, should originate at ETPR.

RE: our link disclaimer: there are links, from time-to-time which appear on this site which we neither approve nor endorse. The frequency of these types of links will no doubt grow worse. All effort is made to remove such links when we become aware of them.]

Answering Questions?

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Every once in a while (2-3 times/year; occasionally, more often), a missive is received.

Sometimes, it might be an email; other times,  a comment left on something published at ETPR.

Almost all of the communications seem to follow a pattern: included are the writer’s background (often a sort of church history); a few complimentary words about ETPR’s work and lastly, an appeal to communicate.

Sometimes to answer a few questions; sometimes, to help straighten out some unnamed issues about Christianity.

It has been YEARS since any of these pleas were answered.

Before the reader jumps to any conclusions about the possible hardness of this writer’s heart, the missives were NOT answered for a BIBLICAL reason–particularly as it pertained to answering questions.

Specifically, the reason for not replying–though one–usually upon being flattered–was greatly tempted at times–is to be found in 1JOHN 2:27.

“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

As all of the writers of those pleas took the time to emphatically assert that they were reborn, authentic, dyed-in-the-wool CHRISTIANS, any man who tried teaching them (including, it was presumed, answering their Biblical questions) ANYTHING would fall FAR short of the Holy Spirit (the ‘anointing which ye have received of him’ which ‘abideth in you’), which Christians have residing in them.

And so, such communications have gone–and presumably will continue to be–unanswered.

DOES the reader believe himself to be a believing Christian?

DOES the reader often enjoy batting a question (and possible answers) back and forth with another at his church?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: November 18, 2020.]

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

image: Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.com

© Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report, 2012-20. © Mondo Frazier and End Times Prophecy Report, DBKP 2007-2020. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Link Disclaimer: inclusion of links to other blogs/websites is not necessarily an endorsement of all content posted in those blogs/websites.

[NOTE: The following articles are from a service. We neither endorse nor at times have much control over them–although we do, of course, enjoy articles originating from this website on this service. Some articles illustrate points made in ETPR articles; some are merely for the reader’s edification or education.

ALL such links appearing in End Times Prophecy Headlines, such as those below, should originate at ETPR.

RE: our link disclaimer: there are links, from time-to-time which appear on this site which we neither approve nor endorse. The frequency of these types of links will no doubt grow worse. All effort is made to remove such links when we become aware of them.]

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