WHY ARE THERE DELAYS IN ANSWER TO PRAYER?

 Thusday July 7, 2016​.

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Call on to me, and I will answer you, and shew you great and mighty things, which you know not – Jeremiah 33:3

LISTEN: Delay simply means to stop, detain, or hinder something for a time.  It means to cause to be slower or to occur more slowly than normal. Delay in answer to prayer happens to all and sundry, even the greatest of prayer warriors. It happened to Abraham before the birth of Isaac (Genesis 11 : 30; 21:1 – 3), it happened to Isaac in his marriage to Rebecca who was barren for several years (Genesis 25: 21); it happened to Prophet Elijah who felt forsaken by God and therefore wished to die: it equally happened to Jesus Christ the hours prior to his death (Luke 22:42 – 45 ). The good news about delay is that it is temporary, it doesn’t last forever.

Sometimes, we may experience delay in answer to our prayers for some few reasons:

1. There is an enemy, the devil, who hates you and is against you receiving your answers from God.  Example of that is the case of prophet Daniel, who prayed, but the prince of Persia (the enemy) withheld his prayers for several days. However, the archangel of God, Michael, came and fought with the prince of Persia and overcame him before the answer eventually came to Daniel. In the same way, let’s remember that the devil and his agents will always attack our prayers, then we should on our part persevere in prayer until we receive God’s intervention.

2. Some prayers involve other people, and God does not force people to do His will, but works with them patiently so they can see and do the right thing willingly.   This is true. God doesn’t force his will on people, rather he allows them make their choices. When we’re praying for others, we should allow God to patiently work out his will in their lives. This takes time.

3. There’re things that God is working in you when you are persevering in prayer.  God’s plan is for you to grow up spiritually. He wants to enlarge your faith and encourage you to develop a closer relationship with Him.  If answer to all your prayers always come immediately, would you still press on and spend time drawing closer to Him and studying His word? Often, God allows delay to our prayers because he wants to build up our faith and make us depend on Him as our God.

So, don’t despair when you experience delay in answer to your prayer; keep on praying in faith as long as you’re praying according to God’s will.  A delay, even a very long one, does not mean that God is saying no to your request. Press on!

Having read today’s devotional, what is your responsibility in today’s message?

1. Persevere in prayer in spite of delays in answer to your prayers.
2. Rely on God’s timing and judgment.
3. When you experience delay, don’t conclude that God is saying no to your request.
4. When you experience delay, don’t diminish your faithfulness to God, instead, increase it.

Daily Task
Expect delay in answer to your prayers, but don’t allow it to cause you to quit your confidence in God.

Daily Reflection :
When delay occur in answer to your prayers like Daniel’s case, pray on and intensify your warfare.

Prayer
Almighty God, I call to you for grace, help me to overcome my faintheartedness; and to remain strong in spite of delays to my prayer, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.

Prophetic Word :
Today, I prophesy upon your life, every discouragement emanating from delay you’ve experienced in cause of your prayers is arrested right now. Today, you will persevere in your prayers in spite of delays until you receive God’s intervention, in Jesus ‘ name.

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