1 John 5:14, 15 – Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (Verse 15) And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petition that we have asked of Him.
Matthew 7:7, 8 – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. (Verse 8) “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”
These verses are very plain and tell us that God does answer prayer, and yet, everyone can remember a time in our lives when we prayed and asked, believing it was right, not selfish or outside God’s will, yet we didn’t see an answer.
God operates in the spiritual realm to answer our prayers, but it takes faith on our part to manifest. Faith is what takes things from the spiritual world and moves them into the physical world. Look at what Hebrews 11:1 says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
It didn’t say faith is the evidence of things that don’t exist. They do exist, but they are not in the seen, physical world but the unseen spiritual realm. Faith reaches over into the spiritual realm and draws those things into the physical world.
Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”
Are you in Christ? Then it is already there waiting for you to receive it! God moves and answers your prayer but you may never see it manifest in the physical unless you let faith bridge the gap between the unseen spiritual realm and the physical world we live in.
The best example I can give you as to why our prayers are delayed or we don’t see them sometimes, is found in Daniel, Chapter 9. Daniel had been praying for the sins of his people and confessing and then was asking for revelation. and Gabriel shows up. Daniel 9:23 says, “At the beginning of your supplication the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:
Now look at Daniel, Chapter 10, Verse 13, which says, “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the king of Persia.
We think a lot of suppositions that if God is really God and something is His will, it just happens like the snap of a finger, but that’s not true.
In Daniel 9:23, Daniel prayed and his prayer was answered in about three minutes, but in another instance following that prayer in Chapter 10, it took twenty-one days for the answer. In both instances, Gabriel tells Daniel from the first day Daniel’s words were heard, the command was sent, went out to bring him the answer.
If you put Chapters 9 and 10 together, you will see God answered both prayers instantly. One took three minutes for the answer to come, and the other took three weeks, but God wasn’t the variable.
God answers our prayers. He does things, but there are a lot of variables that can happen between the time He answers prayers and we see the answer manifest. We have to believe, faith has to reach into the spiritual realm and bring the answer into the physical realm.
When Gabriel said he was left alone with the king of Persia, this was a demonic hindrance. Satan is another variable that will throw all kinds of hindrances our way. Keep in mind, Satan will hinder through other people also.
If you are praying for a breakthrough in your finances, God is not going to print a bunch of money and rain it down from heaven, it will come through other people helping to make it happen. We just have to know the difference between the ones God sends to help and the ones Satan sends to hinder. That’s when the spirit will lead you into all truths. One of the biggest problems that I see with unanswered prayers is, people only want to pray when something goes wrong. Or, they will pray a couple of times and give up, saying that God didn’t answer. Draw close to God and He will draw close to you, and stay in that closeness.
God is faithful and He has never failed to answer any prayer that was based on His Word and prayed in faith. Your answer just might not show up the way you thought it would or in your timing.