10 Reasons Your Prayers Is Not being Answered

Have you ever taken time to question why you pray and you don’t get a response, or is there something you are not doing right that is making your prayers look ineffective? Are you hiding something or you aren’t praying enough? These are some of the questions going through our minds. Some even go to the extent of saying God doesn’t answer prayers, or only the pastors can pray and God will answer. These are all fallacies the devil is using to get to us and it hinders us from hitting the nail on the head and making proper adjustments.

There are some basic reasons why prayers are not answered. They are:

Worrying: Worrying is a medium the devil compounds our problems and makes a little problem turn to a big problem. In the bible, Jesus says we shouldn’t worry; all we need to do is cast our burdens on Him because He cares for us. Worrying gets us distracted, so stop worrying and give it all to God. John 13vs7.

Release the grudge: Keeping grudges is not healthy and not Christian-like. Grudges are burdens we need to drop before God can answer our prayers. Forgive those who offend you and seek for forgiveness from those you offend. Mark 11vs25.

Finding out the root of the problem: The root of every problem must be known before one can find a solution. No one can fight what he/she doesn’t know. Finding out the root of the problem will help us to pray alright. Proverbs 28vs9.

Forget the pain: Don’t dwell on the pain but on the person that can solve the pain who is Jesus Christ. Dwelling on the pain will make you find thousands of reasons why you can’t make it. John 14vs12-14.

Praying and not believing: praying and believing work together; you have to pray and believe that God will do that which you have prayed for. The bible says faith without works is dead, your prayers should work along with your faith in order for your prayer to be effective. Mark 11vs24.

Keep quiet and let God speak: when we pray we should learn to observe the quiet time where we allow

God to speak to us. 1John5vs14.

Praying for the wrong thing : God answers only the requests He knows will be of great benefit to us. The bible says your thoughts are not my thoughts, your ways are not my ways . What we want might not be the best for us. James 1vs5

Battling with words: We should not struggle with words when we pray. we should always invite the holy spirit to speak or teach us to pray, this is so that we don’t pray in the wrong way. Romans 8vs26.

Keeping negative thoughts: when we pray, we should leave every negative thought behind and be positive. Psalms66vs18

Always give thanks: We should learn to give thanks for all we have asked form God, this tends to move God.

Wait and not faint: After praying, we should be expectant , and believe we have received all that we have prayed for.

Why “Mercy Johnson & I Lived Together For 2 Years Before We Got Married” – Prince Okojie Reveals

In a recent interview, Mercy Johnson’s husband Prince Okojie, revealed that himself and her lived together for two years before getting married and as a result of this they don’t quarrel very often

He said;

“Prior to our marriage, I’d known my wife for three years; we actually met in 2008. We started living together in 2009 and we got married in 2011. It’s been God all the way, there’s no miracle or anything much, it’s just been God. With marriage break-ups and celebrity dramas, I think it depends on what one wants.

For me, when I met my wife, I knew she was the one for me. The love, the affection and the tender care are all present, and although we might have some misunderstanding but when we sleep over it, we move on.”

“And as a result of this, we don’t quarrel often. When we do, we learn from it and move to the next level. I have a very big house, my wife has a very big room and so do I, but she has never spent the night in her room for one day.”

Sometimes when I tease her and say ‘go to your room’, she tells me ‘this is our room not your room’ and so most times we are always together. I have never experienced anything like this, my marriage to her is so sweet and I’m enjoying it to the fullest.

Like I said, I won’t give the kudos to man but to God Almighty who has kept us in happiness, in peace and in harmony.”

7 Reasons God May Remove Someone From Your Life

Here are seven reasons God may remove someone from your life.

Took them for Granted

This one may be the most hurtful. When I was in high school, I dated a beautiful girl and took her for granted. I would just show up on Friday nights to take her out on a date with my friends. She never quite knew what time I’d show up. I just knew she’d be there…until one Friday night. I came to her home and realized that her family had moved. I found a “For Sale” sign in the front yard. I had waited a whole week to call her…but it was one day too many. God may have removed her from my life because I took her for granted. I didn’t deserve her. God knew I wasn’t good for her then, still living as a unsaved young man.

To Be With Him

Years ago, a young pastor and his wife tragically lost their young child by a freak accident at home. I don’t think anyone of us can understand what that must feel like. There may be some who have been through such a tragic loss, but when a young child dies, it’s even harder to accept because they had their whole life in front of them. What about all of the missed Christmas’, birthday parties, bubble baths, and high school proms? This might be the most difficult thing for anyone to accept, so why does God remove someone so precious from our lives? I don’t know. Maybe it’s so that they can be with Him…and we too will be with Him…and them, someday! That’s the hope believers have.

Too Toxic

When God removes someone from our lives, maybe it’s because He knows that they’re toxic for us. God knows who will be a bad influence and knows what trouble this might bring, so God, in His wisdom, removes someone that we might not even realize is dragging us down…maybe into sinful practices. If you knew something was wrong with your car, you’d probably take it into a mechanic and have them look it over, so God sometimes looks over our situation and knows that we are sometimes better off without someone, so God simply removes them from our life. Remember in the first paragraph? God removed me from my old girlfriend’s life because I was toxic to her and also took her for granted.

Someone Else

God may remove someone from your life in order to bring someone else in. That’s right! Sometimes, people can dominate a relationship. They might be people who have a lot of needs, and a few people I have counseled have told me that they are being used, and they finally had enough. They couldn’t continue the relationship because it was always a one-way street, so when that person leaves, pray to God for someone that will help you grow as a person and in the faith.

 

Why Mercy Johnson & I Lived Together For 2years Before We Got Married” – Husband Reveals

In a recent interview, Mercy Johnson’s husband Prince Okojie, revealed that himself and her lived together for two years before getting married and as a result of this they don’t quarrel very often

He said;

“Prior to our marriage, I’d known my wife for three years; we actually met in 2008. We started living together in 2009 and we got married in 2011. It’s been God all the way, there’s no miracle or anything much, it’s just been God. With marriage break-ups and celebrity dramas, I think it depends on what one wants.

For me, when I met my wife, I knew she was the one for me. The love, the affection and the tender care are all present, and although we might have some misunderstanding but when we sleep over it, we move on.”

“And as a result of this, we don’t quarrel often. When we do, we learn from it and move to the next level. I have a very big house, my wife has a very big room and so do I, but she has never spent the night in her room for one day.”

Sometimes when I tease her and say ‘go to your room’, she tells me ‘this is our room not your room’ and so most times we are always together. I have never experienced anything like this, my marriage to her is so sweet and I’m enjoying it to the fullest.

Like I said, I won’t give the kudos to man but to God Almighty who has kept us in happiness, in peace and in harmony.”

 

If A Dog Always Follows You To The Bathroom, See What He’s Trying To Tell You !!!

Any dog lover will tell you the same thing: having a pup in your life is one of the most precious gifts imaginable!

After all, dogs earned the nickname “man’s best friend” for a reason, as they are the most undemanding, selfless relationship you’ll ever know.

For food, belly rubs and lots of love, dogs will give you kisses, health benefits, and a heap of unconditional love.

Even better, dogs have developed a knack for telling their humans “I love you,” even if they can’t actually say it in words.

The average dog owner can sense when the special canine in their life is trying to communicate their affection, but there may be even more clues most of us don’t pick up on!

#3: Going Wherever You Go

Tayra Lucero for LittleThings

Is your dog a tag-along? It might be slightly annoying behavior, especially when you just want some peace on the toilet. However, there’s a sweet reason behind it.

Dogs are pack animals at heart, and this vet says that their instinct is to do everything with their family.

If your pup tails you to the toilet, it’s just a slightly clingy way of saying, “You are my best friend, let’s do everything together.”

See what they did to the Useless Father that was seen slapping his infant daughter

The 29-year-old Saudi national was apprehended after his divorced wife, Nareeman, posted the clip on twitter, pleading for assisting to rescue their daughter Dareen from the torture inflicted by her dad.

“I urge every official and every lawyer to protect my daughter from torture,” the mother tweeted.
The video went viral and the authorities responded by asking the mother to contact them in order to help end the baby’s ordeal. The wife, 23, told Saudi daily Okaz that she was a Syrian citizen and that she married her Saudi husband four years earlier under an agreement that he would give her 100,000 Saudi Riyals in case they divorced.

“The marriage was approved by both our families and last four years,” Nareeman said. “We had our baby daughter three months ago. I discovered that he never authenticated our marriage contract, which meant that I had no rights. As I insisted, he divorced me and kept our daughter in his custody after the father threatened her. He started torturing her and sent me clips to put extra emotional pressure on me.”

Nareeman said that she wanted protection for her baby and for herself as well as her rights from the marriage. An official from the labour and social development ministry said that they were able to take Dareen from the home of her paternal grandfather in Makkah and transferred her to the home for the protection of children.

Nareman has been reunited with her infant daughter, Saudi Gazette reports. A video of the emotional reunion was released few days ago, where the mother could be seen hugging Dareen.

Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a father who was seen on a video clip slapping his infant daughter and violently shaking her.

You Normally Have S.ex In The Dream? See What It Really Means

Many people have been disturbed when they cannot find answers or meaning to their dreams, most especially s*x dreams.
Panic no more, Streetmingles has all the answers as relationships expert, psychologist and author Marianne Vicelich, reveals a lot in his new book, Love Spells, which shed some light on the exciting, dangerous and downright bizarre s*x dreams you may have encountered.
S*x with an ex
If you are dreaming of having s*x with your ex this could imply unresolved issues, you may be missing the intimacy that you previously had with that partner or you could be missing the s*xual connection.
Do you still miss them? The dream could mean wishful thoughts of reconnection. It could also mean coming to terms with the end of that chapter of your life.
The symbolism of seeing your ex in your dream could be a warning that you don’t repeat the same mistakes in an emerging new relationship. It also may represent nervousness in regard to a new relationship.
S*x with a celebrity
This is about you personifying yourself in that role. You are fulfilling your fantasy wish in your dreams and this could suggest a continuation of your thoughts and beliefs in your waking life. It represents your drive for success and acknowledgement.
Your confidence is soaring in life and you believe you are worthy of much more than what your current partner can give you.
Although this could be a fictitious infatuation, it could symbolise an unfulfilled reality in your day-to-day life. It may be a safe way to release pent up or repressed s*xual desires or lack of s*xual satisfaction in your own life.
S*x with a stranger
This represents masochistic behaviour and perhaps an indication that your s*x life has become mundane and automated. The desire to be desired and the need to step out of your comfort zone and to emotionally detach from the realities of your life.
It also suggests an urge to act out your passions and emotions. S*x with a stranger could symbolise your reinvention and emerging changes in your life. The stranger might also represent a change or new opportunity coming into your life. It also represents uncertainty about what is ahead.

See The 5 Things Satan Wants For Your Life

Here are five things that Satan wants for your life.

Avoid Fellowship

Avoid FellowshipThe Apostle Peter gives us adequate warning about the Devil as he wrote, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1st Pet 5:8). What do lions do in hunting prey? They seek out the straggler, or the one separated from the sheepfold. He looks for the one that’s hurting and has left the sheepfold. That’s a dangerous place to be. There is no “lone ranger” Christian anywhere in the New Testament. We need the fellowship of the saints, so Satan wants us to separate from the sheepfold so that we’ll be more vulnerable to him.

Famine of the Word

When we fail to get into the Word on a daily basis, we are losing a source of God’s power (Rom 1:16; 1st Cor 1:18), and that means our day will be lived without the strength of abiding in Christ and in His Word (John 15:1-6). We can’t do anything apart from Christ (John 15:5), and Christ is found in Scripture, so avoiding the Word of God is like avoiding the God of the Word.

Silencing Prayer

Why would we not want to pray to God, the most important Person in the universe? We need to communicate to Him, and ask Him to help us avoid temptations, to give us our daily bread, both physical and spiritual (in the Bible), and to help us to glorify Him in our lives. If we are not praying to God, we can lose a source of godly wisdom (James 1:5), so prayer is our lifeline to heaven and to the Father. Satan wants to cut that line.

Fear and Shame

I really struggled with having fear and shame as a young Christian. After I was saved, I fell into sin again and again. I felt the fear of God’s judgment and then the shame for what I had done. It was like a cycle that I couldn’t break. Only later, through reading the Word, I found that God forgives all of our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness (1st John 1:9). I clung to His promise that “none who wait for you shall be put to shame” (Psalm 25:3).

Dread and Doubt

After fear and shame, I still had dread and doubt, because I felt saved one day and lost the next, then saved, then lost. There I was again, on another cycle. But again, the remedy of the dog chasing his tail was to read more of the Scripture, like where Jesus says “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29), and He also says, “that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out” (John 6:37), and “that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day” (John 6:39). Satan wants to rob our joy by making us live in a state of dread and doubt, but he’s a liar. God cannot lie (Num 23:19; Heb 6:18). Trust God’s Word, not your feelings.

Omotola tells us Why her husband goes to market to buy food stuffs for her

Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, recently revealed that her husband, Matthew Ekeinde, goes to the market to buy food stuff for her and the family because of her status.

The delectable actress, made the revelation when featured on Nollywood Uncut, an entertainment programme on Channels Television.

She said: “I always tell people that women are stronger than men, psychologically. Let me tell you something more, my husband is actually the one who goes to the market. I don’t go to the market because I can’t. Because of my status, I can’t.”

Why Does God Allow Us To Suffer?

Why would a good God allow His children and others to suffer?

The Problem of Suffering

A man who was very aggressive about his atheistic beliefs once asked me, “Why does God allow all this suffering in the world if He is God?” For one thing, God gave us the freewill to choose what to do, and if He stopped evil, He would be destroying freewill in most cases. Remember, mankind rejected God’s rule over them, and they decided to choose for themselves the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 3), so God is not the reason for suffering in the world. I say to my atheist friend, “Okay, you believe there is no God. Since there is no God, then it is humans who are responsible for suffering in the world, right?” Who else is there to blame but mankind, and in fact, mankind is the very reason there is suffering in the world, so even though mankind is responsible for all of the suffering in the world, God can use evil for good (Gen 50:20), so even suffering can bring about much good.

God’s Will to Suffer

There is suffering that comes as a result of our own causes, but then there is suffering we and others go through that is no fault of our own. And then there is suffering for being a Christ-follower as the Apostle Peter wrote, “For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil”(1st Pet 3:17). Even more, Peter writes, “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1st Pet 1:6-7). Suffering allows us to give comfort to others the very comfort we received from God. It is God “who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (.2nd Cor 1:4). Isn’t that a good reason to suffer? We can “pass on” this same comfort to those around us. In this way, suffering is never wasted and always has a purpose, just as the Apostle Paul wrote, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28). All things means everything that happens, suffering included, works out for the purposes of God, and that always means it is what is best for us.

Suffering Causes Reflection

A person who is broken by suffering is a heart that is open to God. In our prison ministry, many of these men are crushed by the consequences of their actions. They have come to the end of themselves. Their backs are now against the wall, but that’s good, because that is when God can finally step in and penetrate the stony heart, and by His Spirit, create in them a new heart and desire for God (2nd Cor 5:17-20). Feeling crushed lately? Consider this;“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit”(Psalm 34:18), so if that’s you, you’re nearer to God than most of us are, and isn’t that a good thing? What if suffering brought us closer to God in order to become more holy like God? It seems that afflictions can humble us to the point that we’re open to the gospel and have a renewed desire to live in obedience to God. By the way, how can we compare the gift of eternal life to a few years in prison? What is that against eternity (Rom 8:18)? What is the price of a human soul compared to the world’s possessions? It is infinitely more valuable than anything. You can use your suffering experience as an evangelistic tool to help other people see their need for the Savior. God will use your sins and consequences to help others see that God gives His grace only to the humble (James 4:6), so in this way, that’s why God allowed you to suffer.

Praise Him in the Storm

I remember the account of Jesus sending out His disciples in a boat, and that was with Jesus likely knowing that they were heading into a storm. Jesus not only sent them into the storm, He met them in the storm. He even rebuked the storm, because He is the Creator of the storm, and everything else (John 1:1-3). Jesus sent them into the storm but He sovereignly brought them out of it. He may not bring you around a storm, over one, or even under a storm, but He will be with you in the storm, whether you feel like He’s there or not. During great times of suffering, many of the greatest ministries are birthed. Great pain causes great passion, and this often translates into great things for the kingdom. God cannot use a man greatly until He has first wounded him deeply. Of course, the same thing applies to a woman of God. Amazingly, George Mueller built a series of orphanages and never once asked for money to help provide for the children. He trusted God, even on one night, when at supper time, there was nothing there on the table…until that knock on the door, and someone who felt moved to bring them some food said, “they had more than enough.” That phrase kept being repeated; “more than enough,” meaning there was always more than enough for the children. It was like George Mueller’s cup was running over (Psalm 23:5) being poured out by God’s sovereign hand. And He uses others as a means to do that. God is most pleased when we praise Him in the storm or seasons of doubt. Perhaps we could ask Him in our suffering: “God, how can I most glorify You in this suffering I’m going through, because You are most worthy to be glorified in all things, good and bad.” The pastor who missed church from a flat tire would have never had the chance to witness to the police officer that pulled over to assist him. That momentary suffering, although not that bad, was still used by God, as He used the pastor as a means to share the gospel to the Highway Patrol officer. Isn’t the potential of a new child of God worth that momentary affliction like a flat tire? Of course it is!

Conclusion

When someone asks you, “Where was God when all of this suffering took place in that earthquake” (or whatever else it was), say, He was in the same place when His One and only Son, Jesus Christ, took upon Himself the sins of the world, and died for the guilty (Rom 5:6-7), although He was perfectly innocent and sinless. There He suffered the most excruciatingly painful and most humiliating death there was, and that was the shame of the death on the cross. Jesus suffered and died for you. This was the greatest example of why God allows suffering.

May God richly bless you,