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Principles for Powerful Prayer Pt 3: Why is God Not Answering My Prayer?
September 22, 2021
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Jeremiah 33:1-3

Principles for Powerful Prayer Pt 3: Why is God Not Answering My Prayer?

September 22, 2021 / Jeremiah 33:1-3

Why is God Not Answering My Prayer

Jeremiah 33:1-3 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison, saying,2 Thus saith the Lord the maker thereof, the Lord that formed it, to establish it; the Lord is his name;3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

We serve a God that desires to show you how awesome He is. We have to hear Him. If you go in places that don’t have a good signal you will miss some if not all the message He is trying to deliver. There are certain areas your cell phone wont work due to a bad signal.

God wants to answer you but He wants you to want  cry out to Him

Call Out means cry out to me. Make a Sound toward Him

Answer: He will speak back. Hebrew: He will shout back

Show You: He is going to announce it, put it on blast to everyone that is watching.

So why is God not Answering Our Prayers

  1. Sinful Behavior
    1. Isaiah 59:1-2
    2. Sin means you missed the Mark | Inequity-wickedness, You planned on sinning
    3. One thing to trip up, its inequity when you fall and don’t wont to keep back up
    4. Excuses | When you are comfortable and make it a habit
    5. God says it’s hard to answer when your sinning as a lifestyle
    6. We all have sinned but don’t keep practicing it


  1. Sinful Thoughts
    1. Psalm 66:18
    2. Regard- I don’t have to do it, but if I can imagine it
    3. Heart- thoughts, and feelings. What I can feel through my imagination
    4. We say it doesn’t matter but it does matter because the scripture says God will not hear.
    5. Nothing can compare when God has a life He can answer. What is even more powerful is when you are truly living in God best that you don’t even have to utter or ask and He answers before you ask Him
    6. God wants to answer Great and Mighty Things.
    7. He wants Control of Our Thought life (What we Think)
    8. Let me manage and control whats going on in my head (Let the bird fly by)
    9. 2 Corinthians 10 take every thought captive
      1. When you sow a thought, you reap a feeling
      2. When you sow a feeling, you reap an act
      3. When you sow an act, you reap a habit
      4. When you sow a habit, you reap a lifestyle
      5. When you sow a lifestyle, you reap a destiny
      6. If you keep living your life a certain kind of way you will not be known as a child of God.
      7. I believe if you are trying your best to live a better life in Him the Holy Spirit will poke you and say Hey, turn some stuff around (I have a choice)
    1. Wrong Motives
      1. James 4:3
      2. Amiss: Your asking for a worthless reason
      3. Something that is not good or beneficial for the kingdom. Its about you
        1. Use what you have before you ask for more
        2. He will advance us when we advance Him


    1. Outside the Will of God
      1. 1 John 5:14
      2. I will answer you if it’s according to my will
      3. If I’m not answering, it’s a great possibility it’s not according to His will
      4. The number to be played on the lottery is not His will
      5. How do find out His will
        1. You find His will in His word
        2. His will is manifested in His word
      6. God is not playing hide and seek. The best way to find out why He is not responding is to examine ourselves


    1. Marital or Relational Conflict
      1. 1Peter 3:7
      2. If want God to keep answering my prayers I have to learn to be more sensitive.
      3. Learn to engage in someone more than yourself
      4. Learn to actually listen
      5. People (Men & Women) can be difficult to understand
      6. It’s worth it if you love it when God answers your prayers


    1. Unbelief
      1. Matthew 17:14-21
      2. When you come to God you have to believe He is going to answer your prayer
      3. Hebrews 11:6
      4. A Burden Bearer, A mind regulator, and He can make a way out of no way


    1. Disregard for the Word
      1. Proverbs 28:9
      2. If you have disregarded what the word says to you, you are an abomination
      3. If you don’t let the scripture rule and direct your life in some way
      4. The word is a prescription for your ills
      5. We can look through these Seven principles and can say we have been guilty of all seven in some juncture of our life but the Good News is the Blood of Jesus is here for us to wash us clean. Lord Forgive Us of our trespasses
    2. It’s Not Due Season
      1. Galatians 6:9
      2. The Spirit will keep you where God needs you
      3. 1 Peter 5:10
      4. Your maturity is birthed in the fire
      5. 1 Peter 1:7
      6. What you are asking doesn’t compare to what God has in store

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