Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (Mark 11:24)
Can this verse really be in scripture? Is it possible that God really WANTS to answer our prayers? The answer, of course, is that, like any loving Father, God wants the very best for His children and He delights in granting them their proper requests.
The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers 1 Peter 3:12
Why then do so many Christians pray so much and get so few results? The answer lies in recognizing the three major barriers to consistently answered prayer:
- -the Iniquity in our Heart- (Psalms 66:18) “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me”. Sin in our life breaks our fellowship with God and blocks our prayer line.
- -the Ignorance in our Mind- We do not know HOW to ask or WHAT to ask or even WHEN to ask. Like the disciples we need to say, “Lord, Teach us to Pray”.
- -the Infirmities of our Body- Sometimes you just don’t feel like praying (remember the disciples slept while Jesus prayed). Praying is very hard work so many are too lazy to pray and “we have not because we ask not” (James 4:2).
If few of your prayers are answered, it may be because you beg and hope instead of asking, believing, and receiving.