“Keep on asking,
and you will receive what you ask for.
Keep on seeking, and you will find.
Keep on knocking,
and the door will be opened to you.”
Matthew 7:7 NLT
Quite some time ago we had problems with our email. Some people mentioned that our FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT mailing ended in their Spam box. So I sent out the “Could You Do Us a Favor” message requesting you to let us know whether you had a problem with the reception of our weekly mailing.
Out of 350+ mailings we had 80 some replies. 90% had no problem -10% found our weekly mailing in their Deleted or Spam box. I finally called the technical support line - which I should have done in the first place. After about two and a half hours on the phone, most of my email problems were resolved.
There is a spiritual lesson here!! Sometimes our prayers don’t go beyond the ceiling - they go to the “Outbox” and no further. Something is blocking them from reaching their intended destination. God’s Word is our technical support line which points out the spiritual “bugs” which hinder our prayers from getting through to him. Listed below are three.
James tells us that our prayers at times are ineffective because something is blocking them. He says, ”When you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
Like little children we at times pray for things that are not good for us, and fortunately those prayers don’t get beyond the “Outbox.” In his 1st epistle John tells us when we ask according to God’s will, God ”hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.” In other words if we ask for things which don't please him, he will not grant our request.
Peter in his 1st epistle says, “You husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.”
Lord, help us to be aware of, and “delete” the things which keep our prayers from getting BEYOND THE “OUTBOX”!