Why Your Prayers Won’t Get Off the Ground

If you are a Christian who goes to church all the time, who not only loudly sings worship songs at church but also always has your radio or Pandora tune into worship channels, who loves to read books and commentaries to learn more about God, who strives to always follow God’s laws and to honor Him—this is for you.

I bet you are a person who always asks, “What is the right thing to do?”, and you want God on your side.

This is for you especially if you strive to live life like this, but you wonder with bewilderment why your prayers go unanswered, and if your prayers even get off the ground.

You wonder if God even notices you.

God gave Isaiah a word several thousand years ago and it is recorded in Isaiah 58 (one of my favorite chapters that I to define my walk with God).

As it says in Isaiah 58, here is why our prayers often don’t get off the ground:

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Why Pray for Muslims

What do you know about Islam? Is it mostly what you hear and read in the news? That’s kind of scary, because most of that is about ISIS and other terror groups. Or maybe you watch with intrigue or sadness about the droves of refugees fleeing parts of the Middle East.

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Ramadan

Did you know that Muslims all around the world are in the middle of a 30 day fast right now? Over 1.5 billion Muslims are practicing one of the five pillars of their faith—Ramadan.

According to tradition, it was during Ramadan that the Qur’an was revealed to the prophet Muhammad. Muslims honor this event by fasting each day from sunrise to sunset.

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15 Ways You Can Pray for Any Missionary

Every missionary I talk to says that consistent, persistent prayer is the most important thing they need. We might not have the means to go or feel called to go; we might not have the resources to support much financially; but we all have the ability to be powerful intercessors for those who do go.

Right now some of my missionary friends face challenges and needs such as these—the loss of a son; discouragement; weariness; separation from family for a few weeks; more financial support, etc.

I know you pray or want to pray for those we have sent to the mission field especially when you are reminded. In case you aren’t sure how to pray for them, here is a helpful list.

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Greatest Challenge to Hearing God?

I know he didn’t hear me. I asked him, “Son, what did I just ask you to do?” He looks up at me with his big, brown eyes, “Umm, I don’t know. Can you tell me again?”

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We all have done it. Whether we are a four-year-old boy busy playing and talking, a 14 year-old teenager plugged into their own world, or a 53 year-old man watching his favorite sporting event on TV.

Someone can stand right in front of us talking directly to us, and we won’t hear a word they say.

I usually get frustrated when my son does this. It seems that the only thing that works is for me to patiently get down on my knees, take his face gently in my hands and ask for his eyes.

Then he hears me.

Greatest challenge we have to hearing God?

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The Key to the Missionary Problem

That is the title to a book I read about five years ago. Some books transcend time. This is one of those books.

The first time I read The Key to the Missionary Problem: A Passionate Call to Obedience in Action, I was riding in the back of a small van traveling around a sub-tropical island off the coast of China. Lush vegetation covered the island with a mountain range running through the middle.

Two large cities populate the island. An industrial city on the north end, and on the south end – a beachfront city rivaling any you would find in Hawaii.

Scattered throughout the island are many small towns. Most living in the towns migrated from the mainland. If you venture deeper into the rural parts of the island, you will find thousands of small villages of indigenous people.

That is why we were driving around the island. We were looking for these villages hoping that our friends who lived there could go back for follow up visits.

Hard work. Many obstacles to overcome. But someone will have to do this if the gospel is to reach them.

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Have We Found a Better Way?

Several years ago I had a guy speak a word of prophecy to me. He didn’t know me nor I him. I don’t even remember his name. He described me as being like a maverick horse running around and around a pen of tame horses. A rebellious and adventurous heart yet desiring to belong to a loving and caring master.

Sadly, that does describe me all too often. Like I blogged in We Have a Runner!, I tend to wander too easily from the God I love.

I look at my life and it’s no wonder that I don’t experience more of His power and peace. I lean on my own understanding, I rely on my own wisdom. I am self-reliant. If I seek counsel at all it is from others before Him. The paradox is that I want to be a godly man without submitting to the God who I want to be like. The result is not pretty. I am prideful, arrogant, covetous, lustful and quarrelsome. I am sinful.

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