Tuesday - September 20, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: Psalm 66
Have you ever been in a situation where you are in desperate need to speak with someone, yet they are unwilling to speak with you? It could be something like needing to get in touch with someone on the phone, yet they will not answer. There have been times I needed to speak with my wife (although it wasn’t and emergency), yet call after call after call there would be no answer. It would worry me that something might be wrong. There had to be a legitimate reason (and usually it was) as to why she was not answering my calls.
Sometimes we can feel that way with God. We can pray and pray and pray for Him to intervene or answer, yet we get nothing from Him. So we begin to worry as to why. Is it because there is no God to hear my prayer? No, that is obviously not the case, because we have seen Him work many times before. Is it that He does not care about my situation? No, that is isn't it either. There has to be some logical explanation. Is there something wrong with the connection...on my part? There are things the Bible says will hinder our prayers. Maybe we haven’t come clean with God on some sin in our lives (Psalm 66:18). Maybe we have been asking God for things with the wrong motives (James 4:3). Maybe the relationship with your spouse isn’t what it should be (I Peter 3:7). Or simply it may be when we ask we are asking in doubt without faith (James 1:5-7).
There are several reasons as to why we are not getting what we want in prayers. Make no mistake about it. If there is a problem, it is on our end of the line and not His.
Application: Make sure your life is in order before you accuse God of not being there or caring.