Seizing the Promises
“Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3).
Why do Christians fail to receive answers to their prayers? There are various reasons, too many to cover in this article. Hopefully you will find an answer for yourself in what we discuss here today.
James addresses the issue of unanswered prayer in chapter 4 of his Epistle. “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (James 4:3 NASB).
James shows us that selfish prayers are not going to receive a positive response from God. Keep your prayers based on the promises found in God’s Word.
A second reason why people fail to receive is because they remain under the influence of the domain of darkness. The Hebrew word for darkness is “Chosheck.” Chosheck means: 1) darkness, 2) sickness, 3) poverty, 4) misery, 5) falsehood, 6) ignorance and 7) death. (Remember, “For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” (Coloss ...