Because Of Our Lifestyle Our Prayers Aren’t Effective
For a majority of Christians, the command, – pray without ceasing is literally impossible, but this is, in fact, one of the foundations for making your prayers more effective.
In the past, before technology and social media caught up with us, people used to actually pray and they, of course, saw the results. The disciples routinely locked themselves up for days praying and worshipping, there are records of the early Christians holding prayer meetings which rolled into days and months. How possible is that now? We currently believe our way of life keeps us so busy we rarely have time to do anything else. We now randomly pray, most times ignoring prayers completely till a great need arises. Could our current lifestyle and way of living be affecting how effective our prayers are? The answer to this and more questions plaguing you lies in this article.
Here’s a couple of ways our lifestyle can make our prayers ineffective
1. Indifference Towards the Bible
As a result of our constantly busy schedules and running around, a lot of Christians have over the years turned indifferent towards the Bible. Proverbs says if we turn our ears away from the law, our prayers become an abomination. The law here, of course, refers to the Bible. Over the years, more Christians have turned more to Godly books for answers and less to the Bible. While reading books help us grow, they should in no way replace the Bible. If you have little or no interest in the Bible, your prayers will not be as effective.
God requires that when praying, we ask according to His will, how then do you know the will of God if all you do is read books but not The Book. Not having adequate knowledge of the Bible and God’s wishes and promises is the primary reason for ineffective prayers.
A lot of times, the answer to our prayers already lie in the chapters of the Bible but we do not know this because we have grown indifferent to studying the Bible. All we want to do is make requests all of the time, without bothering to find out what the Bible says about our prayers.
Getting a good grasp of the Bible will increase the effectiveness of your prayers.
2. Lack of Faith
Having a faithless lifestyle is really terrible and hinders prayers. Lack of faith is top of the reasons a Christian’s prayers are ineffective. Faith is the driving force of prayer, without faith, prayer has no power. Remember when Jesus went to Nazareth? The people did not believe him because they had seen him grow, they knew he was the carpenter’s son and so did not have faith. It was recorded that Jesus could do nothing there in Nazareth, this is Jesus we are talking about here. His prayers couldn’t work, He could not work without faith. James says anyone who does not have faith should not expect to receive anything from God. Faith is the basis on which prayer is built on; asking and knowing you have an answer even without seeing physical evidence. Ineffective prayer happens when you don’t believe in what you are praying for. So don’t let doubt and fear get the better part of your prayers. Build your lifestyle on faith and belief and watch your prayers become more effective.
3. Un-confessed Sin
This is another major reason for ineffective prayers. A lot of people start praying and just jump right into asking and requesting. They comfortably forget that the Bible says in Psalm that if you have any wickedness in your heart, God will not hear. Wickedness here is talking about un-confessed sins. God cannot stand sin, so when you pray while still harboring sins in your heart, your prayers will be ineffective.
More than half the time, people who pray just go straight to asking, without confessing their sins. And just before you say you are sinless, John says if you say you have no sin, you are only fooling yourself.
God cannot tolerate sin, so when we pray with sin still in our heart, it makes our prayers ineffective. Once we confess our sins, however, we are forgiven and our prayers become effective again.
To sustain a relationship with God, and build an effective prayer life obedience is key. It is not enough to read your bible, confess sins and have faith. You must be ready to prove by your actions that you are a Christian. Obeying God is how you show the physical aspect of your faith. You definitely can’t be believing one thing and contradicting your beliefs by your action. Disobedience stands in the way of effective prayers.
5. Lack of Forgiveness
This is a prime obstacle to effective prayers. Quite, unfortunately, we live in times where quarrels and rifts abound. However, you must be careful to not hold a grudge, why? Let’s see what Matthew 6:14 says:
“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Forgiving and being forgiven are like Siamese twins; inseparable. Holding a grudge makes you bitter, and clouds your heart. You, of course, cannot pray effectively when your heart is heavy and filled with lack of forgiveness.
For your prayers to be effective you must let go of your unforgiving lifestyle and step into the light of forgiveness. It might seem like a difficult thing to do but once you take the step, you find your prayers become more effective.
In truth, praying without ceasing is very possible, it is, in fact, one of the basis for building an effective prayer life. Get a bible and praying schedule and stick to it. With a little effort, patience and faith your prayers will become not just effective but praying will be your new favorite thing to do.