The Lord gives us both comforting and very sobering prayer promises. Have you been taught the whole counsel of God’s eternal promises concerning prayer?
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
Where’s the promise? That, while the flesh is weak – when find it difficult to go deep into prayer when the world is calling to us with its demands, Jesus promises that the spirit is truly ready. Romans 8:13 reminds us that IF we mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body, through the Spirit, we will live; but if we live after the flesh, we shall die. You can be an overcomer through the Holy Spirit! Crucify the flesh and press into Lord in prayer… wrestle unto you get the blessing!
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
(I Corinthians 14:14)
For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
(1 Timothy 4:4,5)
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
(I John 3:22)
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
(I John 5:14)
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
(I John 5:15,16)
Why then, aren’t our prayers always answered? Why can it feel as though we are not in the presence of the Lord during our prayers?
Behold, the LORD’ hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
You must tear down the idols in your heart; repent (forsake) any known, unconfessed, willful sin your life and put all of your trust in the Lord for Him to do the saving work. Total surrender… all of your heart. Fix your eyes of Jesus and Jesus will fix you!
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
(I Peter 3:7)
A husband who is not (sacrificially) loving his wife as Christ loved the church can find his prayers hindered, as will the wife who is not submitting to/reverencing her husband.
(Ephesians 5:22-33; 1 Peter 3:1-7)
But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
(I Corinthians 11:5)
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.