If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him. Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord. [For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides]. James 1:5-8
There are many reasons why prayers don’t seem to get answered.
1. Asking for the wrong things with the wrong motives.
2. Asking God without really knowing who He is.
3. Lack of trust in the Word of God
Number 4 is what I want to single out. A large percentage of God’s people are admittedly confused. Why? As we have seen, one reason is wondering. Another is reasoning. The dictionary partially defines the word reason in the noun form as an “underlying fact or motive that provides logical sense for a premise or occurence” and in the verb form as “to use the faculty of reason: think logically.” A simple way to say it is, reasoning occurs when a person tries to figure out the “why” behind something. Reasoning causes the mind to resolve around and around a situation, issue, or event attempting to understand all its intricate component part. We are reasoning when we dissect a statement or teaching to see if it is logical, and disregard it if it is not. Satan frequently steals the will of God from us due to reasoning. The Lord may direct us to do a certain thing, but if ti does not make sense – if it is not logical – we may be tempted to disregard it. What God leadsa person to do does not always make logical sense to his mind. His spirit may affirm it and his mind may reject it, especially if it would be out of the ordinary or unpleasant or if it would require personal sacrifice or discomfort. (incerp from “Battlefield of The Mind”, by Joyce Meyer [great book!]
The Lord showed me that a huge issue with me was I tended to overthink everything, analize everything. But in order for God, or anyone, to work or change your life you need trust. Trust is the concrete slab that provides a stable place to build your home. Without that solid foundation your home will crumble and you’ll become frustrated having to seemly always rebuild that house, only to see it fall again. Without trust there is nothing. The day I decided, [and it is a choice] to trust, it felt like I jumped from a plane with no assurance that I would land safely. The answer to finding that assurance is study the Word of God! Meditate on every word, take it literally and personally. Stop all negative, unproductive, and depressing thoughts before they enter your mind. It’s hard at first but it does get easier!
Be determined to live the life the Lord desires you to have! Joy, peace, assurance, love, supply are all yours in the name of Jesus! Believe it with NO doubts and you will receive! The crazy thing is once you give your life to Jesus all those things have already been freely given to you. All you have to do is believe and tap into them. It can start and end in your own thoughts. You have more power than you think ;).
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. Proverbs 3:5
**Incerp and scripture refrences taken from, “Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer. Bible verses from the Amplified Bible.