Bible studies # 38: When Jesus does not answer our prayers

False Christianity teach that two or three Bible believers can speak faith into reality, without failure. This is basically occultism in the name of «Jesus».

The will of Jesus is always perfect. Man´s wishes, commands and prayers are not.

A Christian in full time ministry once told me: «I sometimes wish that Jesus had never spoken those words».

He probably felt like an «incapable Christian», when He was referring to a verse often used by Word of Faith teachers to explain one of their main doctrines. Name-it-and-claim-it.

Matthew 18:19.

«Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven».

It seems that man with enough faith can tell Jesus what to do, and it will be done. Word of Faith teachers claim we can always be victorious on Earth.

The problem with this kind of selective use of Bible verses, is that it twists the real meaning of the message. And to find out the true meaning of this lesson by Jesus, you simply have to add the very next verse.

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.

If we -tell – Jesus what to do without taking His perfect will into account, we can pray till we are blue in our face, without any response from The Holy Spirit.

Because the perfect will of Jesus is often unknown to man, for several reasons.


It was simply not the appointed time. Even demons do not leave before the appointed time.

Matthew 8:29
What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”


He knew better than us the best solution. Like sometimes ending peoples misery on Earth, by calling them home to a better place in Heaven. John the Baptist and Stephen departed in their early days. Non of them was raised from death by the other Apostles.

The gospel writer John explains this basic fact to us.

1 John 5:14
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. prayers can even be entertained by demons, and used to lead us astray. The occult forces just wait for a chance to entertain our fleshy prayers and desires. Remember that Satan offered Jesus all the splendor of all the Kingdoms on Earth.

You might object:

Jesus often rebuked people because of their lack of faith. We need to have faith.

That is correct. But He did not rebuke his students lack of faith in their own ability, since they tried to drive out a demon.

Have your ever faced a demon talking to you?

if so, did you manage to drive it out of the person who was manifesting?

If you did not. Was it the lack of faith of the person with a demon, or your lack of faith that gave such a negative result?

Lets take a fresh look at the most relevant episode in the New Testament:

Matthew 17:15-20

Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.

Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

So, why could his disciples not drive out this demon?

Because they did not have the unbreakable mustard seed faith in Him.

When Jesus sent out the seventy two, this enlarged flock of students finally managed to do what the twelve disciples were not able to to. They drove out demons in His name. And that was before He had resurrected, and before the Holy Spirit came on the day pf Pentecost.

Luke 10:17
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

The true faith in Jesus is not about «my faith in my own faith or abilities». True Christianity is all about His children having faith in Him. And being aware of what He can can do using us, at the appointed time. Like Moses, we have to be available and willing.

2 thoughts on “Bible studies # 38: When Jesus does not answer our prayers

  1. ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.’
    John 15:5

    “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone
    Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
    Luke 20:18

    It’s a fact until we are completely broken by Jesus and come to the end of our flesh we won’t realize how true Jesus’ words to us are.
    Many have resisted this critically needed work of God in our individual lives and never been broken.

    We can do nothing but become religious and act out as the Pharisees did or we can operate as the modern day religious charlatans,the Benny Hinn’s,Paula Whites and amass wealth,a name and an empire using Jesus name to steal from those ignorant of the truth who are so easily deceived because they do not know Jesus closely and personally and trust in men.
    They trust in the stinking,filthy flesh and honor deceivers and make them idols instead of gathering closer to Jesus.
    They can’t because there is sin in their lives they will not let go of and this is why they are deceived by the hucksters that populate Christiandumb.

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