Professional couple kneeling at their bedside in prayer

Then He spoke a parable to them that men always ought to pray and not lose heart Luke 18:1

As a believer in Jesus the unanswered prayer is the most discouraging aspect of prayer. Much of our prayer is to fulfill our own selfish lust, but for those prayers offered that have not been tainted with selfish lust we wonder why the delay. So our response is to cease praying about it. Now if God has given you the answer and you do not like it, know that he is superior and his wisdom exceeds that of your own and he knows best. If you are waiting on the Lord, have faith the answer is on the way. The unjust judge in the parable in Luke 18 granted the woman her request because of her continual coming and God has promised to do the same for us, in the midst of him being slow to move. The requirement is having faith in God continually and ceasing not in same prayer request and it shall come to pass.


  1. Thanks for the reminder about sticking with prayer. I think that it speaks to what we believe about the Lord. We believe that He’s a wish granter and not a person. I equate many things to my children. When one of them wants (not needs) something, I sometimes wait to see if she continues to ask. If so, then I can see her desire is more than passing. It also teaches perseverance, something that God is trying to work into us. Andrew Murray has great things to say about this very topic in his book, The Ministry of Intercession. If you haven’t read it, you should check it out. It’s available for free through the Gutenberg Project. Thanks for the follow, too.

  2. Some quotes I’ve heard about prayer

    Prayer is something we do on our time. The answers come on God’s time.

    Sometimes the answer is no.

    God bless

  3. Prayer can indeed move mountains.

  4. Prayer can indeed move mountains.

  5. Sometimes one can be too cute.

  6. Something I have learnt
    God knows better than us,
    Don’t pray for anything other than his benevolence.
    Sometimes what we ask for might be bad for us,
    but because we have, asked he might be forced to give it to us.

  7. I don’t think there is such a thing as unanswered prayer. He always answers. We just don’t always like the answer. That is because we pray with wrong motives or we pray about the wrong things. If we are not right with Him or others, that should be the only thing we talk to Him about before any other thing. Only then can He open the gates of heaven for us. We need to praying for the advancement of His kingdom and how we can help it. Instead, we tend to pray for what we want.

    Sometimes, what we want can seem good…like good health for ourselves or someone else. Yet, in truth, that is even sometimes a selfish prayer. We fail to see what amazing things He may be doing through that illness or weakness. Or we fail to see that He may be calling someone home from a fallen world.

    Yes, we must keep praying. However, I think our first prayer should be to ask Him what He WANTS us to pray for!

    • Thank you for your comment. Yes, we must keep praying. Our first prayer should be one of confession and belief in the Savior Jesus Christ the sacrificial lamb for our sins. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:24-26

  8. Thanks Roger. Im really in a rut right now and this was a great reminder to keep praying.

  9. I just want to thank you for writing this blog post. I read it and found it very uplifting. I have been a bit distant from God lately because my professional and academic life is so chaotic, but praying is something I can keep doing continually. Thank you for reminding me of one of the many reasons that God is awesome. 🙂

  10. Great post! Thanks for clarity on a subject that cannot be over-stressed! We need to major in prayer!

  11. I like the idea of praying for whatever strength or personal characteristic it takes to deal with a challenge, rather than asking God to make the challenge go away.

  12. Remember this, also: All prayers are answered. God may say, “Yes,” “No,” “Wait,” and even “Maybe.”

    Sometimes we can ask for something inappropriate and be told, “No,” but we want it so badly that we keep on asking, until at last, God says, “Yes,” even though it may be for our detriment.

    Sometimes “Wait” can be a long time, even decades, even if you know the request is a good one.

    When it all comes down to it, we just do not know the mind and will of God. We have to trust that he knows more about us than we do and more about what is good for us than we do.

    Sometimes that is extremely difficult.

  13. I am so glad you found me. One cannot have enough believing friends. I feel as though God is building a network people that are of the same mind. I believe our words call out to a dead and dying church, as we cry out for it to come alive once again.
    If no one else will awake then let us demonstrate what it is to be on fire for God. Perhaps some will come to the fire and take that fire away with them.

    I am in agreement. Now is the time to pray. Pray like there is no tomorrow.

  14. Roger, your blog posts are inspiring, God-breathed. I can tell that you have many more books forming inside your heart! Be encouraged!

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