Why does God not hear my prayers

Why does God not hear my prayers? Why has God shut me out and where is he; all seems lost? This is a question that always pops into my head when I am going through a hard time. Ill question myself, has God forsaken me? Through my Christian journey, there are 2 possibilities of why it seems as if God has not heard my prayers. It is either because I do not have a repentant heart or God is allowing the situation I am in to mold me into his image. Let’s take a look at the heart of the issue, sin.

Most of the time when it feels as if God is not hearing my prayer, it is when my heart is not set on God. It is as if God has become my personal genie and I have only called upon him when I want something. Or it could be I am living in waist-deep sin and the sin is causing God to not hear my cry. It seems when we are waist deep in sin, the only prayer God is going to hear is the prayer of a heart that is seeking forgiveness.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)

14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Turn from your sin, then God will listen to you.

What about that pesky thing called a test? Yes, God will allow life to test us! Why though? God knows that when hardships approach us, it teaches us and it causes us to rely on our savior. Life is not rose-colored glasses and God will allow things in life to cause us to lean on him! Read the book of Job. Job had everything taken away from him but he persevered and became closer to God and even got his own book in the bible. Let God mold you through the fire. God will hear your prayers, just have a repentant heart and know that God is sovereign.

Next time you question, why does God not hear my prayers check your heart. Are you living in waist-deep sin? Yes, then repent and turn to God then he will hear you.

Is God testing you? then endure until the end.

Remember that through your life, God is still God and you are still his child and a good God will take care of his children.

“Call on me in prayer and I will answer you. I will show you great and mysterious things which you still do not know about” Jeremiah 33:3.

But your heart also must be focused on God.

Finding God in your fears.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. 

As ordinary people, we become scared easily. Scared that we are not good enough, scared that we wont be able to pay our next bill and fear that we are to far from God. Fear is a hindrance in our life and causes us to try and do things on our own instead of relying on God. We start to fulfill our life with temporary pleasures that leave us more empty, instead of relying on God to give us joy and to fulfill us in a way that only he can.

Being fearful is saying that you don’t trust God to take care of you and protect you and to bring you through whatever trial it is that you may be going through. Do you remember when you were a little kid and when something scared you and you ran to your parents for protection? Once you were in their embrace you no longer felt fear; this is because you trust your parents to take care of you. When something in life scares us and we don’t trust our heavenly father to be with us, our fear will only stay and we will only be continuing a life of fear and hindrance.


2 Timothy 1:7

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.


When we have fear in our lives, and not power and self control, we are no longer living in the spirit of God. Put on the full armor of God and cast your fears onto him.


1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.


Give your fears to God, your anxiety and burdens.  You do this in the prayer closet, pray to him, call out to him and cry out his name. When I am fearful, I spend time with God, I worship him and I pray to him. Our God is a very approachable God; talk to him like you talk your friends. Tell God why your scared, why your doubtful and call out to him. The same God who picked you up and saved you is the same God that will squash you fears.


1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.


There is no fear in love and love casts out fear. Love your lord your God with all your heart. Pour out your love to him and ask him to show you his love. Once you are drowning in the love of God, then there is nothing to fear nor be afraid of.



Matthew 8:23-27

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”



25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”

In the above story, Jesus’s disciples were afraid that they were going to drown and die. Then Jesus spoke a bone chilling statement that probably shook the disciples at their core. Jesus told them that they had little faith. They had little faith in their God to save them.
When we are in fear and are in trials, we must have faith that God will save us, have faith in who he is and do not doubt him. God is not going to leave you to die, he is going to mold you into his image. There is no reason to be afraid in this life when we are following Christ. We must trust in him and have Faith that he will carry us through, as he is God and we are not.

It is never to late.

You are never to far from the grace of God. Whatever it is that you have done, give it to Jesus and you will never come under condemnation.

It is never to late to start over. Have a blank page and write a new story. Do not carry the past on your shoulders; start over, regrets; get a rid of them. You are never to far from the grace of God. Whatever it is that you have done, give it to Jesus and you will never come under condemnation. Grab yourself a blank page and start over and give it all to Jesus because he gave it all to save you.

Never run away from God, give your heart to him throw up your white flag and surrender to him. Who distributes joy and sets the soul free? Who finds the lost and sets them free? You can find a real love, raise your hands and let Jesus be your savior. It is never to late to start over if you have ran away from grace, it is never to late start over. God will take you in his loving embrace with no condemnation.

Love your life.

When you see the power of Christ working in others through you, and you see lives changed for the better, the sick healed, and the homeless fed, you can not help but feel great joy. God did not call us to live defeated lives but victorious and joyful lives.

It may sound almost cliche to say, but love your life. God has only given you one life to live. Do not hold yourself captive into a state of hopelessness, do not be a sloth and lay in bed all day. Get out of the house and enjoy this one life God has given you.  The average person lives 79 years, make the most of it. Take chances in life, live your life to your full God- Given potential.

Help someone who is in need, find a needy soul and pray for them. Show the love of Christ in all that you do. That is the first step into loving life. When you see the power of Christ working in others through you, and you see lives changed for the better, the sick healed, and the homeless fed, you can not help but feel great joy. God did not call us to live defeated lives but victorious and joyful lives.

I’m not saying that we will not face hardships in life, as not everything is handed to us on a silver platter, but in those hardships, we can find joy in life by doing something. The holidays are coming up and there is plenty that can be done to help bring joy to not only yourself but to others. Write a solider a thank you card, find a homeless man and feed him and find a hurting soul and lead them to Jesus. God is the point of life and when we live as if this is true, it will not only bring joy to our souls but also to others. What is better then bringing happiness and joy to others?

 

 

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Love is the answer.

Where is the love of Christ anymore? Gee, I honestly don’t know anymore. Everytime you turn on the television, all you see is hate. On Facebook you’ll see Christians constantly fight with each other over differences in minor theology. This world is sure in a down spiral. Christians are supposed to be the world changers , the dreamers, those who spread the news of Christ, but from what I’ve seen; it’s no wonder many are leaving or running away from Christianity.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a pessimistic view on life and society. I’m very optimistic that the love of Christ will start shining through his creation, but only if we let the spirit of God flood his church.
Let’s stop hating other people, lets stop putting other people down. Love is the answer, not hate. As I sit here and think, it hurts my head because it confuses me so much on why there is so much hate.

Here where I’m from, America, we proclaim to be the greatest Christian nation but it is not reflected in the way our society acts. It’s time for not just the young millinieals to start standing up for what is right, but it is time for everyone to link arms and sing one unified song underneath the flag of Jesus Christ.

My philosophy is, if it doesn’t affect the gospel of salvation , stop fighting about who is right over small stuff. Lets unify under Christ and make this world a better place. 

Love is the answer for everything, not hate. 

The Great Unknown

Often times I ask myself, “Jessee, are you living for God to your fullest potential? Are you letting God lead you into the great unknown asking God for the impossible or am I just living a comfortable do nothing christian walk” Another way I can put it is, am I only willing to serve God where I am comfortable? Am I chasing the dreams that God put in my heart or am I to afraid of the unknown and give up.


While reading a devotional that pastor Steven Furtick wrote, something stuck out to me on what he wrote, “If your not asking God to do the impossible then your missing out on the best parts of your christian walk.” When your in the word of God reading about the great men that God used; Moses, Noah, John the Baptist etc. how often do you find yourself having the same level of faith that the men of old had. If God said to you that you will split the red sea to save his people; would you believe that you could do that or would you back away because such a great task is out of your comfort zone.


In my faith I am finding that I am afraid of the great unknown. I have all these dreams and hopes that God has instilled on my heart to do and the great unknown is; will I ever be able to do what God has called me to do or will I fail and fall short?


Ask God to perform the impossible in your life. If your struggling in life and you do not think you will ever achieve what God has called you to do; call out to God to perform a miracle. One of the greatest stories in the bible was when Joshua was at war. He knew that day he needed to defeat the enemy but he knew if the sun were to set; then the enemy would escape. Joshua prayed to God for the impossible and God allowed the sun to not set. It was the prayer that made the sun stand still. I earnestly believe God can still perform those very same miracles in your and my own life.


They say, with the faith of a mustard seed, that you can move a mountain and I want a faith like that.

 

 

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God is Love



Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:8



God is the very definition of love. He loves us so much that he died for me and you; he died for the whole world that we may go to hevean IF we accept him as our lord and savior. He took the punishment of our sins. The cross he died on; was supposed to be our punishment. Hungry souls receive grace; the fatherless find their rest and the sick are healed and the hell bound sinners are saved by the grace of God if they call out to Jesus! All because God Is Love. Would you die for the sins of strangers? 



1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant  or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.



 1 Corinthians describes love perfectly. If God is Love then you can safely say 

God is patient and kind; God does not envy; God is not arrogant or rude. God is not irritable or resentful. God does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but he rejoices with the truth.God bears all thing, hopes all things and endures all things; because God is love.