Oftentimes we go into prayer without examining the intent of our prayers requests, and whether they are heard of Him, that shall perform it, and because of that a lot of our prayers goes unnoticed by God.

We focus only on the part where Jesus said in John 14:13 “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” but we regularly forget that He also mentioned in Matthew 6:7-8 as followed:

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Matthew 6:7-8

Meaning there’s such a thing as “prayers God doesn’t answer.” Therefore if we seek the kind of prayers that God does regard and choose to answer, we must first identify the heathen and the practice of vain repetitions.

A heathen is someone who is adapted to the custom of the present time and alienated to the worship of an authentic living God. And since the heathen is a stranger to the true worship, he is most assured to practice vain repetitions, which involves words that are empty or words that aren’t worth considering. To elaborate this, James also said

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
James 4:3-4

Noticed how Jesus in John 14:13 didn’t only say “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do” but also said, “that the Father may be glorified in the Son” which anticipates that Jesus only intent is to glorify God the Father in all His works even by answering our prayers. Jesus can’t do just that with prayers filled with lusts, impure intentions of the heart, doubt, double-minded, etc.

Let us, therefore, be conformed to this very truth:

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
James 5:16

May the Lord be with you!


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