For years and years we pray, and there is nothing. What is wrong?
Distractions which weaken our prayers
There is spiritual warfare in the heavens against us.
Long video (30 minutes) but explains it well:
3 kinds of prayer in the spirit
1. Loose, weak prayer, life has sin in it
2. Denser prayer, but stops when meets resistance in the heavenlies, distracted
3. Prayer that starts out weak, but gets stronger, until it turns into a pillar of fire, which breaks though the resistance.
If we do not have on the whole armor of God, each aspect that is NOT covered is attacked by the demons in the heavenly realm.
See Armour of God prayer.
If we are not fully covered, it weakens the ministering spirits sent to help us.
If we are covered, then the angels are covered also.
So we are responsible for equipping the angels assigned to us.
It is a cooperation between us.
We equip the angels with whatever we are wearing.
The more we cover ourselves, the more the angel can do for us.
Distractions cause the prayer to cease from ascending to heaven.
Prayers have a physical aspect to them.
They actually need to reach heaven in their “physical” form.
There is a “block” in the heavens which prayers need to penetrate, to get to the throne room.
Recall the expression about the heavens being made of brass:
The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. Deut 28:23
The brass is the resistance that the prayers need to penetrate.
The brass (I believe) is created by us, our weaknesses, our own lack of commitment, our sins.
Here is a book more on this topic:
Distractions can be
Other people taking our time.
Personal weakness, such as anger – then enemy sends people to make us angry, or lust, then the enemy sends people to entice us.
Distractions can cause a potentially strong prayer that will form the pillar of fire to stop, and go back to the pillar of smoke form.
Then the prayer has to go back, and start all over at the beginning.
And there may not be a break through.
Demonic forces are active over churches and individual lives.
Their goal is to prevent the pillar of fire from forming.
OUR goal is to make sure we go from the pillar of SMOKE ( weak) to the pillar of FIRE (strong that breaks through all resistance in the heavenlies).
So WHO has the most determination?
The demons or us?
Conclusions so far:
Most of us do not get answers to prayer, because our prayers are weak.
We become discouraged, or tired, and do not pray well.
We give up, and have to keep starting over and over.
Sovereignty of God
This is not meant to be a negative concept, where God creates problems so we can suffer.
The enemy creates the problems.
Sometimes we create our own problems.
We need to work with God to stop what the enemy is doing.
James 4:7 says, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
This verse makes it clear that some things are from God, and some from the devil. We must submit to the things that are of God and resist the things that are from the devil.
The word "resist" means, "Actively fight against."
Saying "Whatever will be will be" is not actively fighting against the devil.
Sovereignty means the ultimate will of God needs to be submitted to, and performed, and IF we submit to Him, and FIGHT the enemy, we will see results.
How long that takes depends on multiple factors.
Read the above reference, it will explain this well.
God is sovereign in the sense that He is paramount and supreme.
There is no one higher in authority or power, but that does not mean He exercises His power by controlling everything in our lives.
God has given us the freedom to choose. He has a plan for us.
He seeks to reveal that plan to us and urge us in that direction, but we choose.
He doesn’t make our choices for us.
In many instances, it is our wrong choices that bring disaster upon us.
In other cases, our problems are nothing but an attack from the devil.
In some cases, natural forces of an imperfect world cause us pain.
Our tragedies are never the judgment or correction of God. Jesus came to give us abundant life.
The devil came to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Don’t ever get that confused.
If it’s good, it’s God. If it’s bad, it’s the devil.
This is a fundamental doctrine of Christianity that must be understood properly if you want victory in your life.
Believing that God controls everything renders a person passive.
Why pray and believe for something better? Whatever God wants will come to pass. That simply is not true.
The Lord is the answer to all our problems.
He is not the problem.
If we are to succeed in prayer, it will take some effort on our part.
Remove sin from our life
Do not let ourselves get distracted.
Put on the whole armor of God.
Submit to God.
Actively resist the devil – FIGHT!
Be prepared for a few battle wounds.
Do not give up.
Remember God is the answer, not the problem.
He is there to help us.
Understand that answers come in God’s timing, not ours.
And understand that being active or passive can affect God’s timing.