Reasons Your Prayers Aren’t Answered

Prayer is a very essential part of our lives and that of the church. The Breakthrough we desire can only be brought about by prayer.

Some call prayer a revival, others call it a renewal but no matter how you call it, it’s still a vital part of our lives as believers. We must always pray for the favor and blessings of God and when we do, we must expect him to answer our prayers.

However, it appears that our prayers are not being answered no matter how much we pray. That makes us feel that our prayers are not powerful or effective enough or maybe we’re not righteous enough.

Unrighteousness could be a reason why your prayers are not answered because the Bible makes us understand in James 5:16 that, The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

That said, there are other reasons why our prayers are not answered and we will like to share them with you in this video so as to guard you and help you know how to pray for God to answer.


Asking God for a miracle or Breakthrough is a powerful Prayer in itself but believing that he’ll grant your request requires faith. The Bible tells us in James 1 vs 6 that “When you ask for something, you must have faith and not doubt.

Your prayers therefore cannot be powerful and effective if you lack faith. Prayers that are not backed by faith go unanswered because you have a false belief that God won’t answer. The Bible also tells us how to increase our faith in Romans 10:17 which states that “faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God”. In order words, to build your faith, you have to listen and meditate on the word of God every day of your life.

God is always on the lookout for faithful believers and once he finds one, powerful things begin to happen in their lives. So believing in your prayers, thanking God for an answer in advance, and meditating on the word of God will increase your faith thereby making your prayers more powerful and effective for God to answer.


The book of Psalm 66 vs 18 says that “If my thoughts had been sinful, he would have refused to hear me”. What this goes to show is that, lack of righteousness is a big obstacle to your prayers being answered.

The sins we commit go a long way to block God’s answers to our prayers. It’s therefore important to identify and get rid of any sinful acts in your life.

The best way to get rid of your sins is to confess and repent. The Bible says in the book of first John 1 vs 9 that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

So if you acknowledge any sin in your life and report it to God by confessing, he’ll forgive and cleanse you of that sin. When that is done, there will be nothing or anything that’ll prevent God from answering your prayers.


Not having the right relationship with others can also hinder our prayers. As long as you have a bad relationship with someone, your prayers cannot be as effective and powerful as they used to be.

In Matthew chapter 5, Jesus, in the sermon on the mount tells us that, before we worship, we must first make peace with the person who’s angry with us. If you really want your prayers to be answered, you don’t wait for others to come to you but you rather go to them and make things right.

This also includes our relationships with our spouses as first Peter chapter 3 vs 7 says “A husband should be thoughtful of his wife, then nothing will stand in the way of your prayers.

Repair any bad relationships so that nothing hinders your prayers from getting answered.


James chapter 4 vs 3 says, “Yet even when you pray, your prayers are not answered, because you pray just for selfish reasons”.

What you pray for is between yourself and God because only you know your true motives. And when your motives is not right, your prayers go unanswered.

Praying for others is one sure way of getting rid of selfish motives because it lets you focus on others rather than yourself. Pray for God to help others and he will answer and also grant you your heart’s desire in the process.

But always remember to get rid of wrong motives before you lay your request before God.


Not persisting and giving up because the answers to your prayers are not coming when you want, could be one of the biggest reasons why your prayers are not answered.

Jesus knew this that’s why he told his disciples the need to keep on praying and never give up in Luke chapter 18 vs 1 to 8.

God is a just God and is always ready to respond to the prayers of his children. What he wants from us is to be persistent so we can build up the strength to be able to handle the answer he gives us.

Keep on praying and never give up until the answer comes because if there’s a man to pray, then there’s surely a God to answer.

God is always willing to answer our prayers. No matter how long it takes, your answer will surely come. Whatever might be hindering his answers to your prayers must be identified and removed immediately.

God bless you for getting to the end of this video. Remember to share what you learned in this video with your friends and family so they can also share in the knowledge. Also, subscribe and turn on notifications so you don’t miss any of such inspiration. Bye

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