Ever feel as though your prayers merely bounce off the ceiling?
You see so much wrong in the world, and you know how to fix it. If only God would listen to you, and do as you say, then the world would be a better place.
After all, Jesus said “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7), and other such things.
Why would an almighty God not answer your prayers, especially when you ask Him to end the scourge of abortion? Does He not care that over 3,500 children in America alone die each day in the name of “choice,” and “women’s rights?”
Let me propose five reasons God does not answer our prayers, especially in regards to our pro-life petitions.
#1. SOME DEMONS CANNOT BE CAST OUT WITHOUT PRAYER AND FASTING
In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus’ apostles tried to deliver a man with epilepsy but to no avail. Jesus casts out the demon for them, and then His apostles approach Him later, privately to ask Him why they were not able to do it themselves.
Christ tells them certain demons cannot be cast out unless both prayer and fasting are used to exorcise the evil spirits (Matthew 17:21).
This requirement to fast we need to take seriously and deploy often—every day, in fact. I spoke about this in a prior article in detail, as it relates to the pro-life movement.
I do not know for certain, but I would not doubt it if the demons of the abortion industry can be exorcised only when we deploy prayer and fasting together. Abortion is a bodily sin—among other things—so it makes sense to me that some sort of mortification of the flesh, on our part, would be required to send those demons back to hell.
Are you willing to fast? Would you be willing to give up coffee, dessert, or even take cold showers if it meant more babies would live?
#2. GOD MAY BE TESTING OUR SINCERITY
Luke records Jesus telling a parable of a woman petitioning a judge relentlessly until he finally gets fed up, relents, and grants her request (18:1-8).
The most common interpretation is that Jesus uses this as a model of prayer for us to follow. Persistence pays off.
Perhaps, God delays granting a prayer to see how serious we are in wanting what we ask. By continuing to request the same petition over and over, we are humbling ourselves. In effect, we are remembering any grace, any consolation we receive comes from God alone.
The abortion industry is too large for us to overcome by mere human strength. Many hearts need to be persuaded and there is only a finite number of people each of us can talk to on our own. Sounds like we need help from above.
When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.
Are you knocking at the door, each and every day, asking God to hear your cry on behalf of those who can speak for themselves? Are you in agreement we cannot forfeit faith and we cannot lose hope?
#3. GOD MAY BE PREPARING SOMETHING IN THE MEANTIME–MAYBE SOMETHING EPIC
Having just been delivered out of slavery from the Egyptians, the Israelites follow Moses into the wilderness. The Israelites has just witnessed the Ten Plagues that God brought down on Pharaoh and his people for not letting the Israelites worship God. They had just been freed from their slave master, Pharaoh, and his army by the Parting of the Red Sea.
And yet, soon thereafter the entire Israelite community murmurs against Moses and Aaron, their leaders. Hungry and lacking faith in God, they tell Moses and Aaron they would have been better off as slaves in Egypt, as at least they’d have food to eat (Exodus 16:3).
Here God has planned for them freedom from bondage, and they preferred the chains. As a result, God made them wander in desert for 40 years, so the entire generation (save for Joshua and Caleb, who were faithful to God) would die off before seeing the Promised Land.
Let us not be like the Israelites in this battle over the sanctity of life. Let us not grumble to God over the victories He has given us, the miracles He has granted, or the lives He has already spared. The road is arduous, but let us not give up, give in, or give over.
God may be preparing to give us a huge blessing (like the Promised Land He wanted to give the former slaves). It may be something better than we could ever imagine.
Abortion mills are closing, pro-life legislation is being passed, and women are choosing life for their children. Are you prepared to take solace over the victories we have achieved in the movement so far?
Are you willing to believe God can do something great, or have you resigned to turn back?
#4. CERTAIN CONVERSIONS ARE BEING BROUGHT ABOUT THROUGH THIS
After locking themselves into a room for fear of their lives, Christ’s apostles certainly were not prepared for what came next. Their beloved rabbi has ascended into Heaven a full seven weeks ago. His death and His resurrection, although memorable seemed all for naught.
But then their room filled with a gush of wind and flames soon settled over each of the apostles. Instead of cowering they immediately left the room to preach the Good News. The Holy Spirit had filled them, emboldening them to fulfill the Great Commission (Acts 2:1-8).
If Jesus had not ascended, then Pentecost would never have come. The Church remains animated to this day by the Holy Spirit, some 2,000 years later. What seemed bleak to the apostles turned out to be an afterthought. They would go on to become martyrs for the faith (except for John, whom Christ spared).
Their preaching made converts. Their adversity for those seven weeks paid off.
So too with us. God rewards our faithfulness by making converts out of the abortion industry, into the pro-life movement. Possibly, the abortion industry is the means through which God chose to bring someone home to Him.
Are you praying for conversions? Do you pray for the clinic workers, as well as the mothers scheduling their abortions? Do you pray for the boyfriends, parents, and escorts, who bring these mothers to the abortion mills?
#5. GOD IS JUDGING OUR NATION IN THIS LIFETIME
“Nations will be judged in this life.”
This is not something I had thought of, until hearing it from this priest in this sermon.
A nation that accepts the murder of its own children is a nation that cannot stand.
The Bible gives us clear precedent that God judges nations in this life, as there is not afterlife for them (Isaiah 66 and Joel 3, Psalm 110:6, etc.).
Thus, your prayers may be going unanswered in reparation for your sins and for the sins of our nation. This is the path we Americans have chosen—legalized child murder, and so God is letting the consequences play out.
Are you begging God for mercy? Are you praying for our civil leaders?
And are you prepared for the possibility that abortion may never be outlawed again? Not that I want that, but it remains a possibility. If that were to happen, will you remain faithful to God, trusting that He knows best?
I hope this gives you food for thought and will cause you to step up the prayers. I encourage you to end every prayer, “But not my will, but yours be done, Lord.”
So, are you willing to practice penance or a fast?
Did this change your mentality toward prayer?
What do you think of the five reasons? Would you add another one or take one away?
Please sound off below!