One of the most common prayer experiences known to man is I prayed and it didn’t work. This experience should not be one that causes you to give up on prayer, but rather create in you a desire to grow in it so that you can take it to the next level.
Jesus’ disciples experienced a similar letdown when they tried to heal a demon-possessed young boy. They tried all they knew to do and it didn’t work. So they had to request help from Jesus. Afterwards, they asked a question, why didn’t it work for us and how might we do it better next time.
“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” -bible.com/bible/116/MAT.17.20.NLT
As you can see above, Jesus gave His men a lesson. While I don’t want to focus so much on what He said in response. I’d rather focus on the fact that the disciples asked. When was the last time you asked God why your prayer didn’t work?
Lord, can you help me understand why my prayer isn’t working so that I can make whatever adjustments I need to in light of Your response, in Jesus’ name.
Your Action (What action based on your prayer can you take?):
A part of prayer is asking God to teach me more when I experience failure. I practice asking God the questions I need to know in order for me to grow even in how I pray.
For more on this topic, see “What If You Took Prayer to the Next Level? Part 2″
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