Why Are My Prayers Being Unheard? (Part 4)
11. God does not answer our prayers if there is hindrance of love in marriage.
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. (1 Peter 3:7)
As we can look in Scripture, the husband is considered to be the head of the family before Christ. This could be considered to denote a family prayer life with the husband as rightful spiritual head. If there is discord or problems within the marriage, any prayer made can be hindered and the husband is looked to be the responsible one in this sense in the same way that Jesus says to make peace with your brother before you offer your gift. But as a family, it can always be good to look at how proper and respectful the marital relationship is when it comes to prayer. The Lord takes great interest in the state of marital relationships when it comes to life in prayer before Him.
12. God’s answers to our prayers can be hindered by demonic spiritual forces.
In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. (Daniel 10:2-13)
In this example of Daniel, we are given a great example of persistence in prayer. How many of us would wait like that or give up quickly? He goes for three full weeks in waiting for an answer to this prayer he made, fasting all the while.
Daniel’s persistence turned out to be necessary as a result of a spiritual battle that played out and had to be dealt with before the answer was to come. The fascinating part was that His prayer was heard immediately, but the answer was delayed. We don’t know all the spiritual things taken place, but we do know that prayer is indeed a spiritual activity and we are in the midst of a spiritual battle.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)
13. God will not answer the prayers of those who do not seek Him, or those that forsake Him for other gods.
And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. (2 Chronicles 15:2)
If we choose to be with Him and seek Him with a pure and contrite heart, He will be found. But if we forsake Him to follow after other gods, He will forsake us. If we do not come to Him and Him alone, and trust in other things, why should He pay us any mind? For us today, we come to the Lord through Jesus and His sacrifice. Those that have not accepted Him and are unsaved can not come to God, therefore they can not have their prayers heard.