Question: When do I stop praying for a particular request, as it seems that God is not answering my prayers?
The simple answer would be, we keep praying until God answers our prayers. God used the parable regarding the widow and the unjust judge to teach “…that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” If an unjust judge answered the widow’s request, then how much more would a righteous and good God answer the request of His Children.
God will always answer His Children’s Prayer: However, we must be sure of a few things.
1. It must be requested according to God’s will
1 John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: vs 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
We must understand that God will not answer fleshly and lustful prayer requests.
James 4:3 “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
2. It must be requested in Jesus’ name
John 14:14 “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”
Praying to the Heavenly Father and in the name of Jesus is a Biblical pattern for prayer.
3. It must be requested with a pure heart
Psalm 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”
Unconfessed sin in our lives will hinder our prayer.
1 Timothy 2:8 “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”
Unconfessed sin in our lives will result in living a double life and being double minded, thus our prayer will be vain. James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
4. It must be requested by Faith
Matthew 21:21-22 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. Vs 22And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
Faith is believing God will answer according to His will. Having faith is waiting for God’s best! Praying is one thing, but believing God will answer our prayer is another. Faith-filled prayers are vital.