Last Sunday I asked everyone in the church who had suffered disappointment through unanswered prayer to stand. There wasn’t a person left sitting.
You are not alone.
The question isn’t whether or not you will experience the disappointment of unanswered prayer, but rather what are you going to do about it?
The temptation, of course, is to give up. But I want to give you 3 good reasons why not to give up!
3 reasons to keep praying:
Because Jesus wants you to keep praying!
“One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.” Luke 18:1
Another translation says, “…never lose hope.”
Another translation says, “…never lose heart.”
The Book of Proverbs says,
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12
If you stop praying, you will never get to the “tree of life” part!
This brings up the second good reason to keep praying:
Because God’s will for your life will eventually be done if you keep praying!
I was a hellion as a teenager. I was grounded for most of my Jr. High years, I was constantly in trouble in High School, and once I graduated I was thrown in jail multiple times. (My mother would tell you I was a wonderful boy, but don’t they all!) But it was the prayers of my mother when I was a young boy that FINALLY PAID OFF! Here I am, having served Jesus and His Church with all my heart for over 30 years! DON’T – GIVE – UP!
And this brings up the final reason:
Because Satan wants you to stop praying!
Why? Because he knows your prayers are making a huge difference, so he tries to sideline you through the discouragement of “unanswered prayer”. DON’T LET HIM DO THAT!
Paul, the Apostle, experienced tremendous hardships in his life, but he never gave up on prayer. In fact, he penned these words to the Philippian Church FROM JAIL:
“For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through YOUR PRAYER and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:19
Paul was a brilliant man, full of the Holy Spirit, and had a right relationship with God. But he knew that wasn’t enough. Paul knew he needed the prayers of his friends. AND SO DO YOU!
- Re-up. Shake off the discouragement and commit to praying again – or re-commit to praying like you used to! There are SO MANY good things that will happen if you do, and so many good things that won’t happen if you don’t.
- Think of 3 people you will ask to pray for you every day in the month of May. Call them, ask them to pray for you and give them a short list of things to pray about. Then commit to praying for them as well.
- Join the GPC Prayer Force. Click Here to learn more.