Why Aren’t Our Prayers Answered? by JoAnn Brant

Not asking according to God’s will – 1 John 5:14,15

Pride (not recognizing who our awesome God is and who we are) – 2 Chronicles 7:14

Selfishness or wrong motive – James 4:3

Unbelief – Matthew 17:20

Disobedience to God – 1 Peter 3:12

Hard-heartedness, refusing truth – Zechariah 7:13

Unconfessed sin – 1 John 1:7-9; Psalm 66:18

Broken relationships, discord, dishonor – 1 Peter 3:7; 1 John 4:20

Idolatry (covetousness, family, money home, career, people or esteem of others can be idols taking God’s first place in our affections) – 1 John 5:21

Worries – 1 Peter 5:7 (make a list of anything that interrupts your peace and let God examine each item with you. Either it is past and beyond your control and you can’t do anything about it and it is under God’s grace or it is future and is under His sovereign control)

Not even praying – James 4:2

Doubting or double-mindedness – James 1:5-8

Being a hypocrite – Matthew 6: 5-7

Discouragement and not persevering – Luke 18:1-8

Not treating people fairly or being generous to the needy – Isaiah 58: 6-10

Grudges and unforgiveness – Mark 11:25-26


Howard and JoAnn BrantAbout JoAnn Brant:

SIM (Serving in Mission) is a missional community of God’s people who delight to worship God and are passionate about the Gospel, seeking to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. Howie and Jo-Ann have served with SIM since 1971 in Ethiopia, Ghana, USA, and Kenya. In 2011 Howard and Jo-Ann returned to Ethiopia to help the Gurage people to whom they took the Gospel 40 years ago. They have lived in Washington state since their retirement.





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