Have you been overwhelmed by the number of unanswered prayers you’ve been placing before God?
Are you feeling like God has been ignoring your prayers all year no matter how hard you pray?
What if I told you there were problems with your prayers?
In this episode, I’m sharing three reasons why you prayers aren’t being answered – and what you can do to strengthen your prayer life moving forward.
PLUS – you can grab your FREE Reclaim Your Life Workbook here.
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Hey beacon, welcome home to your bounce back blueprint community Podcast, where you are challenged to be do and have God’s best. As you thrive on your journey from setback to success. I’m your bounce back guide, Tiffany Huff-Strothers. And I’ll be guiding you on the journey by sharing tips, tools, and the T on how I was able to bounce back from escaping death, healing from heartbreak and finding hope in homelessness. And then I wrote an award winning book all about it, and shout out to God, ever since I was courageous enough to share my story. My life and the lives of women around the world have been forever changed. And as a member of the bounce back blueprint community, I’m called to teach you to do the same. So grab your journal, and let’s build this blueprint.
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And the second is, have you joined us over in the bounce back blueprint community yet? What are you waiting for? This is your personal invitation, grab the link in the show notes and get in on all of this goodness, covenant connections, all types of tips, tools and deep dives into the resources and everything it takes to be able to find your voice moving from test to testimony and build your business with your story. Come on over and join us you your future self will thank you, I promise. All right, let’s get into this week’s content. Let’s get ready to build this blueprint. And we are digging into Episode 45. You’re 45. And it is all about the problem with your prayers. Now I know you’re probably thinking, Tiffany, if I’m praying, how can I possibly have problems with my prayers? I’m glad you asked. Because I’m gonna let you in on three things that might be problems with your prayers. And I feel like this is the perfect time to share this. In fact, God has been impressing upon me for a couple of weeks now to share this. And I wanted to be sure that it was perfectly timed. So we’re into November. We’re like knee deep into the reflection season. We are knee deep into preparing for transitions and changes and the weather is getting colder. So it’s a perfect season to do some reflection writes on recommitment. And I don’t know about you. But one of the ways that I’ve learned to reflect through my journaling is to keep track of my answer prayers, right? And sometimes it can seem like there are more requests than there are responses or answers. And so if you’ve been feeling that way, or you’ve been having some challenges with hearing from God, understanding why what you’re praying for, isn’t coming to pass or feeling like you’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting, then this episode is definitely for you. So three reasons why your prayers haven’t been answered or three problems with your prayers. Number one, your prayers are habitual. Now, you might be thinking, well, Tiffany, that it’s biblical for my prayers to be habitual. And to an extent that is correct because when the disciples asked Jesus how to pray he gave them a specific prayer right. He gave them the Lord’s Prayer which can be found in several places in the Bible, and he told them specifically pray this right. And in case you aren’t familiar with the Lord’s Prayer, I will give it to you very quickly. And the Lord’s Prayer goes like this our father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. So you can find that in Matthew six, you can find it in Luke 11. And it is a prayer that many of Christians grow up and learn, you know, you memorize maybe vacation Bibles, or Sunday school, you commit it to memory. And it’s something that can be prayed habitually. And I am not here to discount anything that Jesus or the Bible says we should do, or how we do something. However, if your prayers be at the Lord’s Prayer or any other prayer is so habitual that there is no intention behind it, right? That you were simply praying it because it’s the right thing to pray, or you’re praying it because you aren’t doing the work to develop intentional prayers, then you’re not going to see the answers that you’re looking for. Right? If you’re not taking intentional time with your relationship with God, and your prayers are not a communication, right? Because a prayer or excuse me, a prayer is a conversation, right? So that means that not only are you supposed to make your petitions known and express your gratitude to God, but also you have to create the space for him to speak back to you, right. And if your prayers are habitual, you’re not doing that you’re simple. You’re simply waking up saying Thank you, God, give me this. And moving on with your day or something very similar to that, right. Maybe it’s a little bit more in depth, but it is the same prayer. And so I want you to consider and think about and reflect over 2020 Have you been praying habitual prayers. Now, I don’t want you to confuse what I’m saying with another biblical truth that says Pray without ceasing, right? Because God does say Pray without ceasing. So if there is a prayer that you’ve been praying consistently, because it hasn’t been answered to date, right, and you want to continue to make your petition known to God, that is not to be confused with a habitual prayer. habitual prayer is one that you pray simply because you can simply because you have simply because it’s the quote, unquote, right thing to do, right. And so you’re going to need to reflect on this, right? It’s kind of like, I’ll give you a prime example of a habitual prayer. I love my little chocolate dropped to death. But when my younger son was small, he wanted to hurry up and eat and so when ever he was called upon to pray, he will habitually say God is great. God is good. Let us think before food, amen. Right? Not that he didn’t. Not that he wasn’t thankful for the food, not that he didn’t want the food to be healthy and nourishing. But he wanted to eat more. So he habitually prayed that prayer, and doing so to say, Okay, I prayed, let me eat right. And so I want you to think about what areas of your life you’ve been praying habitually, like, with a checklist, right? What prayers have you been praying simply to say you you said the prayer, you checked it off the list so that you can move on because prayer is to be more than something on your to do list? Right. So that’s number one. Your prayers are habitual. Number two, your prayers.
Our prayers of procrastination was a prayer of caressed donation. Tiffany, I’m glad you asked. I pray a prayer of procrastination is a prayer that you pray to prolong your own action, right. And I’ll give you a prime example of one that I’ve learned right? Sometimes we are praying to be delivered from something Lord, deliver me from eating too many cookies Deliver me from smoking, deliver me from this relationship with this man. Right? But what we really need is not necessarily deliverance, as much as it is discipline, right? We need to make a decision not to eat the cookies. We need to make a decision not to engage in a relationship that we know doesn’t honor God, right? And so I want you to think about those prayers that you’re praying that you’re saying you’re waiting on God, but really God is waiting for you. Where is it that you need to take action that God has already said yes, the For you, yes, you can have this. But you continue to pray prayers are procrastination because you don’t want to do the work. Or you don’t want to make an investment in being able to do the work, right. So perhaps you have been praying to write your book, but you don’t sit down to write, you’ve been praying, God, please help me find the time to read write my book, but you haven’t done a time audit or you haven’t looked at the things that are simply you’re simply spending time on versus things that you could be investing in to get a return on your investment. Right? So prayers or procrastination are prayers that you’re praying that you convince yourself that you’re waiting on answers for. But the reality is you’re procrastinating and doing the work and taking the action, right? We know the word says that faith without works is dead. prayers of procrastination are an illustration of that scripture in your life. It is you living contrary, directly in opposition to that scripture. And saying that the works you’re doing is that you’re praying and waiting on God, when you know that you know that you know that God is waiting on you. So in what area of your life? Are you praying prayers of procrastination, I know one that I have been guilty of, off and on in the past is praying about losing weight, right? Of course, God makes miracles, right? He heals us and all types of other things. However, I have to do some work, I have to commit to exercising, I have to be consistent about choosing eating whole foods that are going to nourish my body, right? I have to be intentional about getting proper rest, all of the things that I know, I can do in addition to those prayers, but if I’m simply praying those prayers, I am just using the prayers to take up the space for the work that I need to do. And I am procrastinating because God has already answered those prayers by equipping us right by giving us provision. And we have to take the provision and do what’s necessary to get to the next step or the next level or the next place. So your prayers are habitual, you’re praying prayers of procrastination. And the last one is your prayers are selfish, though they are self serving. And if you need to check in to see if that is the case with your prayers, then the primary question I would ask you to ask yourself, perhaps writing your journal and journal about maybe even spend some time in prayer with God about is, if my prayer is answered, is it going to affect me and me only? Or will it impact other people? Right? Will my answer prayer? Will the oil from what comes from my answer prayer overflow on to others? Will I be blessed to be a blessing right? So if you’re only asking for a prayer that is going to be for you and you only then that could be why your prayer isn’t being answered. Right? How is what you’re praying for impacting the kingdom? Right? How is what you’re praying for going to build the kingdom? How is your answer prayer, going to bring God glory. And this is the one probably that takes the most time to really get honest with yourself about because we want what we want, right? And we know that the word says that God will give you the desires of your heart. The caveat, though, is that your desires need to be aligned with the divine right? your desires need to be desires that will glorify God that God is willing to build his reputation on. And so if they are not, if they’re rooted in your own selfish ambitions, if they’re rooted in your own selfish idolatry, if they’re rooted in your own personal gain, period, that could be why you’re not hearing from God, or getting a quote unquote, answer or an an affirming answer to a prayer that you’ve been praying all of this year or even years prior. So I really want you to consider your prayers. Are they habitual, or the prayers of procrastination? Or are they selfish prayers. And if you need a tool to support you in doing so then I encourage you if you have not already to download the reclaiming Your Life Workbook, there are some great questions in there that will help you to gain clarity around your prayers and opportunities for you to really seek out the time create the space to seek out the time with God and dig into the truth and do some reflection for this year holistically, but also reflection for your life as we are in this season of reflection, and, you know, pivoting and recommitment, I think it will be very helpful for you. So I encourage you to grab the link for that in the show notes. And after you do, you can join us over in the bounce back blueprint community. And we can talk about it you have questions you can certainly get them answered there, get some support from others about what’s rising up for you while you work through the reclaiming Your Life Workbook or any of the questions that I posed in this episode, we dig into all of that over in the community. And it’s like Vegas, what happens there stays there. So grab the link in the show notes and join us over there. I can’t wait to meet you there. And of course, you can also grab a screenshot of this episode, and share it with someone on social media tag me at the Tiffany hub, whether it’s on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, I am in these internet streets. So tag me if you have questions, you can shoot me an email or a DM, I would love to chat with you. And again, if you want to go deeper and get the real support, then hop on over to the bounce back blueprint community and meet us there you will be so happy you did. I pray that this has been a blessing for you and that it adds to this time and season a reflection for you and that it has a major impact on how you move forward. Right? Because when we know better, we want to do better and I’ll leave you with this. As always, God is not going to play you but if you are not being intentional about your prayers, and I promise you you are playing your self be blessed.