Andrew Murray on Unanswered Prayers

Highly recommended!!!
An article from Jeff Weddle’s blog.

Taking a break from my own studies and thoughts, it’s always an encouragement to come across something that gives a degree of confirmation to what I believe the Lord has been showing me.

I strongly encourage you to click on the link to read the whole article on Jeff’s site. It is disappointing to see how so few people tend to take that advice when articles are recommended. (WordPress stats allow me to see how many people click on links provided).


anti-itch meditation

Prayer is a misunderstood and totally beaten to death subject.

The Bible is pretty clear about prayer, how it works, and what it does.

The problem Christians have is that our experience does not measure up to what it says. And when push comes to shove, we cling to our experience more than the Bible.

One verse that puts things clearly is John 15:7:

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Every Christian is going to claim that they abide in Christ; yet every Christian must admit they don’t get what they pray for. Jesus seems to say that getting what you pray for is the proof you’re abiding in Christ. We don’t get what we pray for, therefore, Jesus must be wrong.

It is at this point where creativity joins Christianity. How…

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9 thoughts on “Andrew Murray on Unanswered Prayers

  1. To keep this fresh of mind for purposes of clear conversation: … we ought to expect that IF God’s will is not to heal a particular believer in a particular case, then that outcome ought to be considered SO out of the ordinary that He would give a specific and personal unmistakable direction to that person regarding the denial of healing.

    In other words, instead of trying to find if it’s God’s will to heal, be confidently assured of healing according to what He’s clearly revealed in His word. And if He has some reason to withhold healing in a rare particular exemption, expect Him make THAT known through some form of personal revelation.

  2. Hi Roger,
    for some reason this comment ended up in spam, so was overlooked when you made it.

    Yes there are reasons why prayer isn’t answered, but its never because God is breaking a promise or denying something that He wills.

    The reasons include: not fulfilling the condition of a promise, asking for something not compatible with God’s will, asking with wrong motive, and not believing when we ask. The latter is often due to our own ignorance of God’s will, therefore we are incapable of asking in faith.

    This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

    If we don’t know His will we can’t have that confidence in approaching Him.

  3. Prayer is out loud? Seems to imply always. I had a doozy of a dream yesterday morning. Had to pray out loud, in the dream. You know the common sense, in a dream, that you can’t say what you need to say or move when you need to move? It often happens at the end of a dream, right before you wake up. I could move fine, and did need to (I was the first, and only at first) person to turn around in order to leave a situation. The difficulty speaking part kinda fit with the idea of the dream. I kept trying to say something (in the moment it was needed), and did say it (there was no moment of disaster), and then had to say it many times (more clearly after the first).

  4. In case someone wonders why I started my last post with the subject of being out loud — that is, if anyone else didn’t go to the amazon link to glance at David’s book…

    His answers as to why: What are the seven things you must believe that get answers to prayer? Practicing the Principles of Prayer covers all seven and much more. Did you know that according to the Bible:
    * you never pray alone
    * prayer isn’t meditation – it’s conversation
    * 95% of prayer is talking and asking
    * prayer is out loud
    * your eyes are open

    There are many books on the subject of prayer, but this one is different. It is a clear, practical, biblical guide to prayer. These aspects of the subject are covered in depth:
    * Prayer to the Father
    * Prayer through the Son
    * Prayer in the Spirit
    * Prayer against the devil
    * Prayer with the saints
    * Prayer by myself
    * Prayer for others
    * Prayer without hindrance

    But I should be clear that I’m not endorsing his book. I haven’t read it.

  5. It’s a very good book.

    You never pray alone because when praying, there is always (at a minimum) yourself, the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

    As for praying out loud, Jesus taught “When you pray say” not when you pray think… However Pawson’s main point about praying out loud is that it’s easier to concentrate and stay focused without the mind wandering.

  6. “We note here something vital: do not add ‘if it be your will’ as a kind of codicil, a cover-up clause at the end of your prayer. Rather we are to know the will of God and to pray the will of God.”

    Practicing the Principles of Prayer, David Pawson.

  7. I can understand the idea of knowing healing is the will of God. When we get to the broader point of whatever we pray… this is more difficult. And example would be that I remember something a preacher was saying decades ago; he had young people in his congregation [I was visiting for a day and visited maybe three times in a couple years with my father-in-law] who wondered what careers they should choose. He said, to each, ”How about you pick one?” So, do you just pick one and assume it’s right and pray?

  8. There are things (health, provision of needs…) that we can know are God’s will, from scripture.
    Other more individual, specific issues are different, and we’d need to seek God for ourselves, asking for His guidance and direction. Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find…

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