Why Are Our Prayers Unanswered

Why are our prayers unanswered


Eph3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,”


Primarily, there are five reasons why our prayers are not answered;

Why can’t we even get a sniff of a miracle in our life;

Why is our life without spectacular miracles; or

Why don’t we see the manifestation of Jesus Christ in our lives?


Most of you have received answers to your prayers.  As you gear up to be ministers it’s important that you understand why prayers are unanswered.


  1. If we are in a state of sin

Isaiah 1:15 clearly states why our prayers are not answered.

“When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.”

Our prayers are not answered by God when we have sin in our life. We may say that we have confessed our sins and told everything to our Lord and then we move forward in life. But again we come to a situation when our prayers are not answered.


  1. We progress/move forward but we are still holding on to it

Psalms 66:18 “If I had cherished sin in my heart, God would not have listened”

It is true that we would have confessed our sins especially on a communion night and we tell God that we want to forsake the sin. But somewhere in the secret chamber of our heart we cherish those moments of our sinful days and in our imaginations or desires or somewhere we still have it in our life.  And from time to time there is a visitation also in our mind, probably and that is where the Psalmist who understood God’s heart says the above verse.

The children of Israel left Egypt, on the walk to transformation but Egypt had not gone out of their heart because their hearts still desired the cucumbers, the meat and all that they had in Egypt and forgot the fact that they were in bondage/slavery and in sin.  They cherished it.


  1. Our prayers are wrong. We ask God for things which are not in the will of God.

James 4:3 “Even when you ask you don’t get it because your motives are wrong.”

Why are our motives wrong? Jesus should be in the center of our lives.  John 15:7  “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you”. The reason why our prayers are wrong is because Jesus is not in the center of our lives.  We need to involve Jesus and His words in everything.  Spend time in the presence of God, with the Word of God.  The Word of God in Jn 15:3 begins to wash you, begins to cleanse you.  John 17:17 says “sanctify them  by the Truth”.  Truth is the Word and Truth is none but Jesus Himself.  The Word is a person and Jesus Himself will wash you with His blood and His words have the power to cleanse you so our prayers would be acceptable to God. 1 Jn 5:14 “this is my confidence that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

Our prayers can go wrong; our desires can go wrong. But if we spend time with the Word of God our prayers can’t go wrong. Jn15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” This is our confidence. Our lives will change forever from now in the revelation of the word you receive now.  The Holy Spirit is your greatest teacher and He will remind you and me when our prayers are going wrong. You will hear the whisper from God saying “Blessed child, what are you praying?”  You will be forced to stop your prayers because the Holy Spirit loves you and wants you to taste and see that the Lord is good. Ps116:1 “I love the lord because He hears my prayers”. God is waiting to hear that prayer from you.


  1. Despite doing all the above you may still not see a breakthrough in your life.

Mark 11:24 Jesus said  “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Jesus Chirst is the author and perfecter of our life, the lover of our soul, the only one who loves you and wants you to make it to our heavenly abode. He says whatever you ask in prayer you have to believe that you have received it.  In your spirit you got to receive it first.  It all begins in the spiritual and then the manifestation happens.


  1. Reconcile – you must have a clear conscience between God and man.

Mark 11:25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”

Jesus says you need to get right with God even if someone has wronged against you.

In Matt 6:14 Jesus teaches us to pray “ For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”


These are the reasons why our prayers are not answered.


Mark 11:24  “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”




Is there anything impossible with Jesus?


Doubt and Unbelief are two different reasons for unanswered prayers.

Mark 6:5&6 “Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching”

With God all things are possible but there are times when the power of unbelief can tie up the hands of the Omnipotent.  Many a times we don’t pay attention and that is one of the unpardonable sins that takes you to the second death.  We interchangeably use the term unbelief and doubt and we think it’s alright.


As we begin our faith walk we start from the extreme which is called no faith or unbelief to its core and then as the love of God begins to shine on us and as the goodness of God leads us to repentance and as we begin to see God or as we know God our faith life begins and we become a Believer or a Disciple.

Visualize two extremes i.e. Unbelief on one side and a Disciple on the other.

John 8:31-32 Jesus was speaking to the Jews who believed in Him and the chapter ends with the same Believers wanting to stone Jesus to death.  Jesus wants us to move from a Believer to a Disciple.

Unbelief is not doubt. Doubt is in the midpoint of unbelief and a true disciple. The word Doubt in Greek means “diakrino” which means hesitant, wavering, not confident.  Believers end at some point of time when things are not going well in their lives the way they desire. They plan, pray etc but things are not happening. They could potentially go into that state called unbelief.  The Bible is clear in Heb 11:6 that without faith it is impossible to please God. Just as sound cannot travel in vacuum without a medium if you want to see the power of God coming into your life, faith is required.  Without faith you cannot please God and He who comes to God should believe that God is able, God is true, He is a healer, God is a Provider, He is Jehoveah Jireh, Jehovah Rapha and in Him and Him alone we have deliverance and our victory and there is no iota of doubt.


On the contrary, Jesus would have done mighty miracles if there were people who had little faith but in Mark 6 we read that He went to His own country, to his own people, family and friends.  They were offended at the way Jesus became popular by His teaching and healing.  This is why Jesus said a prophet is of no honor in his own house. If they had little faith or wavering faith or had no clue about Jesus, He would have done mighty works among them.  Mighty miracles happen among believers of another religion.  They are ready to believe in Jesus.  But here is a group of people who are callous in their heart.  You and I could be callous in our heart that we know the scripture, “I know the Bible, I heard all this,…”.

I too went through a difficult time when I kept praying but things were not changing and I said I wouldn’t get a deliverance from this situation. My life won’t change and all this prayer and preaching is good in the church for people but not for me. Slowly unbelief crept into my life,

Doubts coming into our heart is natural but don’t tolerate doubt.  There is a difference in being tempted to do a sin and doing a sin.  Doubt is similar to a temptation coming but Unbelief is a sin.  When you go through the wavering moments in life, your answer is available only in one place and that is at the feet of Jesus.

When does doubt come? Doubt comes when you and I don’t have the knowledge of the living loving God. You may wrestle in your life with doubts but go to God and tell Him that you have a question. You don’t question God but you can ask your questions to God and the Holy Spirit, the great teacher the wonderful Counselor will speak to you. He will speak to you through probably someone else’s testimony or through a praise and worship song, or through the sermons or in your time alone with God.  But if we desire to harbor the doubt and move forward, surely it will conceive and become unbelief from where you will slowly go into the state of Unbelief.


Rev 21:8 Among the list of abominable sins that are unpardonable, the cowardly are the fearful.  When does fear come? Fear comes when you know the outcome. Fear also comes because of the unknown.  And every time Jesus said “Do not fear” The Bible states that command 366 times. “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Unbelief is the exact opposite of Confidence.

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith is confidence and Unbelief is no confidence. In fact, if everyone tries to prove and gives you evidence and you still reject and do not believe –  this is Unbelief.


God is able to bless you beyond expectation. Believe that the Lord is more than enough for whatever you are going through.  Luke 5:5 “launch your net into the deep” Logical thinking brings doubts into your mind. Peter responds that they toiled all night and caught nothing.  But he says “Nevertheless, at Your word I will let down the net”.


Receive and take a step in faith.


Pastor Paul Abraham