Why Prayers Unanswered?

Mat 7:9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?

When our children ask for bread (food), we will immediately feed our hungry children. Similarly, when we pray for bread (jobs to provide food for the family), our Father in heaven will always provide. However, if the bread the son asked for, to God is a stone, which will choke him to death, He will not answer his prayer no matter how much he pleads, e.g. a youth (esp. girls) wanting a job in bars, gaming dens, and places of sins where temptations and sins are everywhere.

Mat 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?

A fish gives better nutrition. If a faithful and able brother comes before the church and ask for prayer to fill the GM or CEO position, the whole church will pray and fast for him because he will get the vans to ferry the children to Sunday schools and get his staff to be exposed to Christianity. However when God sees that the fish is actually a snake which will kill him (this new job will require him to travel and also to entertain, and it won't be long before he becomes an adulterer or drunkard) God will not answer his prayer no matter how much the church had prayed or fasted. God can see that soon his marriage will be broken, family destroyed and damnation awaits him.

Brethren, all our prayers for bread, fish, provisions, blessings, healings, jobs, successes, restorations, etc. are excellent for us in our own sight, but unfortunately in God's sight, majority of these requests are either stones or snakes. God knows each one of us especially our faith and our limitations. He will always protect us and will not allow us to be killed by stones, snakes, etc. for nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

Luke 11:12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

An egg is extremely nutritious and also the start of a new life. When one prays to God to change from his busy, poor and despised life (always have to pray for needs, directions, helps, etc.) to a peaceful happy and rich new life (an egg), we as parents, will be happy to help him achieve his ambition. But when our Father God sees that the egg is actually a scorpion, which will harm him and cause him great pains and sorrows, He will not answer his prayer because He loves him very much.

1 Tim 6:9-10 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

So when God did not answer our prayers, some brethren will wilfully use unrighteous and sinful ways to fulfill their ambitions (e.g. bribes, deceptions, theft, disobedience, lies, etc.), then God has nothing to do in their pursuits. All their temporal sinful achievements are snares and unacceptable to Him. Please note that God cannot force us to do anything against our will and neither can He stop us from wilful sinning.

Luke 11:13 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."

Brethren, let the Holy Spirit be your Teacher, Lord and Master and He will guide you to pray for your best gifts (and not stones, snakes and scorpions). For all good gifts come from God, along with the blessings of peace, fulfillments, forgiveness, mercies, satisfactions, healings, love and most of all the joy of being counted worthy to serve Him. So be patient and wait for His best gifts.

Wrong Reasons

James 4:3-5 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?

The day we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour we belong to God and His Holy Spirit dwells in us as the seal of redemption only. (John 20:22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “receive the Holy Spirit".)

John 14:15-16 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever"
John 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

The work of another Helper (after the infilling or baptism of the Holy Spirit) is to help us to know truth so that we are set free from the things of this world. If we have not love Him (but still love the world) then we cannot be transformed into His image because we have not received the other Helper yet.

Eph 4:20-24 But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

So when we pray for the pleasures of the world, we grieve the Holy Spirit (The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously), because we make Him our Enemy by rejecting His love and Kingship, for the love of the world again, thereby indirectly loving or worshipping the Devil who is the ruler of this world in John 14:30.

Brethren, will you say 'Amen' to these prayers, which will lead us to much pains, sorrows, worldliness, licentiousness, lustful, doubting and hating God, faithlessness and possibly damnation?

1 Pet 4:1-3 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.

Hidden Sins

Isaiah 1:15-17 When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.

'Your hands are full of blood' - we have killed or murdered many.

1 John 3:15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. When we hate a brother we have murdered him by reviling and the spreading of lies, false witnesses and deceptions.
Matt 15:18-19 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

'Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.'
When we avoid righteousness, truth, justice and mercies, God will not hear our prayers for He is a just God and He sits on the mercy seat.

Psalm 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.

We thank God for all those who are merciful to the poor and needy, and the lawyers fighting for their justice (esp. OA).

James 4:17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Brethren, let us repent of our sins, lies, unrighteousness, deceptions, hatred, unforgiveness, reviling, covetousness, etc. Be merciful and do good and our loving Father in heaven will hear our prayers.