Have you ever wondered about why a Prayer does seem to get lost and never receive an answer?
I have and I have gone some times for years before understanding why and what happened.
Sometimes I have never even known why, but just had to keep moving in Faith, believing He does hear all.
Consider this, The LORD KNOWS exactly what your need is even before you ask Him. So, If He sees you asking AMISS for something that will not help you or even be in his will for you [see James 4:3],
He does answer — by not answering. If you know what I mean? Sometimes the answer is no! Flat out “No”!
It is hard to understand God’s Ways. The LORD does work works that are higher than us… H is ways are not Man’s ways. [ see Isaiah 55:8-9]
So, man is many times wondering why things are not working like they think it should happen. (After all, The LORD said to pray about everything and pray believing! Did He not?)
Many times God answers directly, but it is not for what you ask for. Yet it did answer to the need. Like for instance I heard a man say he prayed for a Cadillac Car, but The LORD gave him a plain Ford. ugh…
He wanted a luxury car, but The LORD humbled him to a plain car, an old one at that.
If the man who prayed did not listen to The LORD, he would always wonder what happened, yet many times The LORD does tell men what and why He did what He did. (The man needed a humble car — not one so fancy!) Pride was his problem then, and that is why he got the lesser car.
One time I prayed this frustrated Prayer (at a time I was completely lost as to what to do as a Pastor in a certain circumstance)…. “LORD, would it not be easier for you just to talk to me outright and tell me what you wish for me to do, like you talked to many in the Old Testament, like Elijah?”
I did not hear any answer. For years I struggled with hearing God, wondering why He would not speak to me about things.
Then in 1999 when I had my God Encounter. He spoke to me outright, loud and clear for 5 days and nights.
I was listening and was very amazed, so I asked The LORD, “Why am I hearing you speak so loud LORD?
He answered me thus, “You asked Me!”
“When,” I asked, “did I ask you?”
“Well over there,” He said, “when you were at certain place.” (I did then remember…. I got to counting up the years and that time was 25 years ago!)
“Wow, LORD, that was 25 years ago! Why did you wait so long?”
The LORD answered, “Because you would not listen, and had I told you, you would have just smashed Me with doubt and unbelief!”
I was shaken to the bottom of my feet over that, and I wondered…. Then I realized how I had been a “smart preacher,” thinking I knew it all. Nobody could tell me anything, so not even The LORD.
Later in that encounter The LORD stood before me and asked me, “What is that in your hand?”
I looked down and I was carrying my old KJV Bible…. “It is Your Word, LORD.”
“Well, it is My Word!” (His Words were very loud and thundered out.) “It is My Word! All of it! But you have carried it for years and would read it… and you ask Me why did I not speak to you?
I did! I spoke to you loud and clear in The Word and you would not hear it.”
The LORD had to lead me into the Desert, to walk that desert (a place of great testing and trials in my life) before I was ready to hear Him speak.
Before that I was too smart to listen. He led me into a most difficult place, a place where there was no way out, unless I listened to Him!
So God does not always speak outrhightly, but He does Speak in Circumstances and even in trials, etc. Then in that trial, we hear Him Speaking. We know that Trials of our Faith do create in us patience.
See this teaching in James 1.
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4.
The LORD may be just teaching you patience , by not answering outright in your prayers!
This very morning my wife Celeste and I were having morning Bible Study and Devotion Time, and we heard the Words…. “Tribulation works Patience” and we heard The LORD saying, “This is one reason My People are going through great trials now in America.”
It is because The LORD is teaching his people a deep patience or acceptance and understanding (wanting them to abide and be content just to be in Him, and to trust Him] … of the Events and Trials.
We do not learn to walk with God always on the Mountaintop, but it is in the Valley we learn the most about Him.
The Psalmist said: “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for The LORD is with me, to comfort me..” Psalm 23.
You must understand that it is in Great Times of Need and Even Trials that we learn the most about The LORD and how to rest in Him and trust Him.
The fact that we do not always even know how to Pray is answered for us when we see the following verse:
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:18-28.
The Holy Spirit will and does even pray for us… at times when we do not even know how to Pray, He prays a perfect Prayer for us.
This is so deep and wonderful, just to know that at times we do not understand, He Prays for us!
It is therefore no doubt that His Prayers are always answered, for He makes Prayer in the Words we cannot even speak.
One thing for sure — I have learned about Praying.
God always hears and answers prayer. It is not then always understood even how. One thing for sure is: He answers us for the very best answer and does guide us by His Hand.
He is always listening, interpreting our prayers, and He knows exactly what we need.
At times we see no answer, then: look deeper and consider the pathway you are upon… See His Hand leading to the right or left. He does answer, and he always answers the best way.
Now, I must say also, The LORD will tell us exactly how to Pray, and He will give us confidence in Prayer by revealing to us His Will.
This is His Will, and it is very deep indeed. When one walks so close to The LORD and abides in him, then in the abiding we learn what God is doing.
When we learn what God is doing, then we know His Will. It then follows that when we pray a Knowing Prayer.
We can always pray in confidence knowing we will… have the answer we desired. We can Ask and Receive all, when we abide with Him to the place we know His Will and ask according to His Will.
But it is not always easy to abide in this place and be so consistent to know God in such a intimate way, our flesh is the problem.
The Flesh pulls us back from that abiding in the Spirit, because the flesh is earthly and does not want to go, and literally cannot go into the Spirit World where The LORD abides.
Prayer is indeed wonderful. It is wonderful because God never tires from listening to our cry. He is always there, and hears us when we call… This is so wonderful that we have a God who does care for us.
Literally the only reason God may hold your prayer is because of Sin which you seek to hide from him. A man of God once gave the illustration about Prayer not rising up to God… because there was a Hoot Owl on the Line!
The Prayer went up to the HOOT OWL and came back down… the reason was the Sin which was known.
So God is hearing, but wanting us to repent of all our sins and come in Truth and in Spirit before Him, not trying to hide things behind our back. (Sinful things which we don’t wish to lose.)
When we do approach God, then let us approach Him acknowledging all our sin.. (and if you do not know what to do about your sin, be honest and tell The LORD… asking Him to help you deal with it).
When we will ask God… We will receive… When we ask in Truth and in Spirit.
Some Scriptures to consider then are:
“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:3-10.
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I have posted this Teaching in obedience to my Holy Spirit Teacher. LORd teach us to Pray, and help us hear the answer.
~ Desert Prophet Ken Dewey
The light will shine in His glory… In the desert.
Evangelist/ Prophet/ Pastor Ken Dewey is the founder of “OUT OF THE DESERT MINISTRIES“ in Belen, New Mexico, USA.
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