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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.
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Hey, hey, hey beacon. Before we get into the top two episode of 2020, I wanted to ask you a question. Has 2020 knocked you down so hard? You have no idea how to get back up? Do you wake up and look in the mirror and wonder who is this chick? Or have you found yourself feeling like you have tried everything, you’re doing all the things but nothing is working. I have been there. And I know exactly how you feel. I’m talking bankruptcy, homelessness, domestic violence situation. And that ain’t even the half of it. And because I know that this is the perfect time to get back up, get ready for your comeback and make 2021 your best year yet, I am offering the manifest in a month coaching program at a special 2020 rate of 497. That is five coaching sessions, which kick off with a vision casting session where we work through all of the things that make you feel like you just can’t get back up, we challenge all of the lies that the enemy has been telling you. And we work together to create a plan not only for the month to come as you build momentum, but for the entirety of the year. So that 2021 is your year for the glow up. If this sounds like what you need, then I want you to grab the link in the show notes, which is bit.li slash your bounce back guide. And let’s schedule your breakthrough session so that we can make magic happen together. And remember, this is a special that’s running through the end of December 2020. So you don’t want to miss it. bit.li slash your bounce back guide. Now let’s dig into the number two episode of the year. Why your prayers have not been answered? Hey, begin 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. Hey, begin. Hey, Happy Wednesday. How are you? What’s new? Well, I can bless you what with what’s new here. And that is an amazing review from another beacon like you who was part of our community. This week’s review is coming to you all the way live from the amazing. Kristen drawn ci and please forgive me charge it to my head not my heart. If I said your last name wrong. Here’s what Kristen has to say love her heart. I love this great tips to bounce back and love that it is biblically based. Thank you so much, Kristen, for sharing your review. And I am praying that it is a blessing to you as it has been a blessing to me to be your bounce back guide and share biblical truths and how they impact me from my heart. Today will be no exception. But before we dig in, I want to remind you of two church reminders. The first is if you have not already What are you waiting for leave a review, be a blessing if this podcast has been a blessing to you. 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. Alright, 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’s 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. A 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 gonna need to reflect on this right? It’s kind of like, I’ll give you a prime example of a habitual prayer. Love My little chocolate dropped to death, but way, when my younger son was small, he wanted to hurry up and eat. And so whenever 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, what the 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 crass donation. Tiffany, I’m glad you asked. I’ve heard 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, this is 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 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, or prayers that you’re praying that you convinced 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 work 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 or 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 and 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? Are 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 doubt, to grab that link in the show notes and schedule your breakthrough session so that we can work together to develop a plan and a process for you to be do and have all that God has called you to starting with your prayers. I am so grateful for you and hope that this countdown has been a blessing to you. Because it certainly has for me as I go back and listen to these episodes. I’d love to hear your feedback. Of course, you know, you can slot up in the DMS on Instagram or Facebook at the Tiffany hub, share your thoughts, comments, a screenshot all of the things and I will leave you with this begin. God is not going to play you but if you are going to continue to pray selfish prayers or prayers of procrastination. I promise you, you are plaguing yourself. Be blessed and stay tuned for the number one episode of 2020.