A Reason God Ignores Prayer

You cover the Lord’s altar with tears, weeping and groaning because he pays no attention to your offerings . . . You cry out, “Why doesn’t the Lord accept my worship?”

I’ll tell you why! Because the Lord witnessed the vows you and your wife made when you were young. But you have been unfaithful to her (Malachi 2:13-14 bold mine).”

If you want God to hear your prayers, keep your marriage vows.

Go and Tell

It’s no surprise that he wanted to be with Jesus. This once-tormented man was now perfectly sane because Jesus had commanded the evil spirits to leave him.

Even though he begged, Jesus said, “No, go home to your family and tell them everything the Lord has done for you (Mark 5:19).”

Sometimes Jesus says yes. Sometimes he says, “No, go and tell. . . .”

Talk about God’s Answers

Imagine the three of them, Jesus, Jairus, and the woman, standing together.

Jairus had asked Jesus to heal his daughter, but the woman’s faith had interrupted their conversation. She touched Jesus and was healed. Jesus was saying, “Your faith has made you well,” when messengers told Jairus his daughter had died.

Jesus looked at Jairus and said, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”

Like the woman, Jairus believed. Like the woman, Jairus saw a miracle (Read the story in Mark 5:21-43).

Talk about God’s answers to your prayers.

Stephen’s Last Prayer

As they stoned him, Steven prayed . . . ‘Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!’ and with that he died. Saul was one of the witnesses, and he agreed completely with the killing of Stephen (Acts 7:59-8:1).”

Soon after Stephen’s death, Saul, renamed Paul, believed and preached that through Jesus “there is forgiveness for your sins (Acts 13:39).”

The Lord answered Stephen’s last prayer.

Habakkuk’s Prayers – 1

Habakkuk foresaw impending doom. So he prayed. “How long, O Lord, must I call for help? . . . Why must I watch all this misery?”

The Lord’s reply gives us courage and hope as we live through these dark days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said, “I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it (from Habakkuk 1:2-5).”