There are many reasons why our prayers are not answered. Those interferences are everywhere, outside and inside of us. Today I will share two more interferences that we face in our prayer life. The first is laziness and the other one is our wrong motivations.
Laziness, yes, sometimes we are just too busy to pray, we do not want to learn, and we do not want to pray. We think that it is a waste of time, it will not be of any avail. It will not work. We just do not pray.
This is what James says in his letter, “James 4:2-3 You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
It is not that we do not have needs, we just do not feel like praying. We find it difficult to start praying, to create a prayer discipline. We are not lazy in all the other things in our life, but when we talk about prayer, it seems that it is the end of the world. It is too hard, too complicated, etc. It is very easy for us to find a good excuse for not praying.
In this text, James wrote, “You do not have, because you do not ask God.” It was supposed to be so simple, just open your heart and mouth and ask, but for us it looks like something very difficult.
The other interference is the wrong motivations. Yes, you read right. James mentions in this text that we do not get what we want because we are asking with the wrong motivation. We are thinking about our pleasure and leisure.
We do not have in mind His Kingdom and His will, but our kingdom and our will. And God is not interested in giving to us something that will exalt for ourselves and not Himself.
So, laziness and wrong motivations will interfere in our prayers, and we will not be able to receive what we are asking.
As you can see, there are many interferences in our prayers. Sometimes we pray, and we get upset that we did not receive any answer. We did not receive any answer because there are things between us and God, and the prayer did not reach Him, or the answer did not get to us.
Prayer is a tool, an exercise, and a life-style. We learn, we practice, and we persevere. Sometimes we need to change our practices and our lives to be more effective in the prayer life.
My friend, prayer is one of the most important disciplines in our spiritual life. Jesus felt the need to pray. The apostles and first disciples prayed constantly. There is no Christian life without prayer. Because of that we need to learn, to practice, and to persevere in our prayer life.
Have a blessed week,