We have been discussing certain scenarios where the conflict between the Spirit Man and the Soulish Man is visible. In the last article, we saw how different is the perception of the Soulish man to that of the Spirit Man, concerning the PRESENCE OF THE LORD. Through this article, we would like to address an age-old question which has perplexed many Christians.
Why are my prayers NOT BEING ANSWERED?
You are not the first person and you are not going to be the last person to raise this question. This writer has also raised this question many times. All those questions can be traced back to the Soul vs the Spirit tussle. Let us meditate on one verse where St. Paul accepts that we(including himself) do not know what to pray for.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.Rom 8:26
Clearly, Paul distinguishes between 2 types of Prayers. One that comes out of our Soul’s knowledge and the other that comes out of the Spirit’s knowledge. If we are not tuned to the Spirit’s groaning, most probably our Soul prayers will be very divergent from the prayers of the Spirit. This is because the Soul is more tuned with the wants and needs of our Flesh, whereas our Spirit Man mindeth after the things of God.
27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.Rom 8:27
Did you notice the above verse? God searches for the Mind of the Spirit. Therefore, God answers the prayer that our Spirit prays in accordance to the will of God. Remember at the same time, our Soul might be praying for things which are contrary to the will of God.
God’s Plan for each Individual
God knows each one of us much better than we know ourselves. We understand this concept as we keep growing in the Lord. Let me take an example to impress the point.
Suppose you have to drive 15 miles to and fro from your office every day. You know the route like the palm of your hand. Therefore, you do not usually switch on the GPS in your car. However, one day you somehow switched on the GPS, by mistake. Immediately it got linked to Google/Waze and gave you a different route than your normal route. You ignored the promptings and followed your usual route. The highway seemed quite empty and you pressed in the accelerator cruising without any issues for 6 miles. You would have been mocking at google’s stupid logic for a few minutes. Suddenly you see that the cars before you are applying their brakes. After 2 minutes, you understand why the GPS was routing you through a different route.
Now I am not comparing Google to God. But what I am saying is that the foreknowledge of God concerning you is much more valuable than your present situation. Your Soul operates based on the five senses and is concerned ONLY about the present and the immediate future. However, the Spirit knows your ENDPOINT and will pray for your needs to God, accordingly.
God’s plan for each one of us is different. There are no two individuals with the same plan. Therefore when certain prayers are not answered while we see someone else getting their prayers answered, we need not be perplexed. It does not mean that God rejected your prayers while accepted the other person’s. It could be actually the reverse.
So friend, if you know that you are BORN AGAIN and feel that your prayers are not heard. Fret not. The Spirit within you is praying according to the Will of God whereas the Soul is what is putting you in trouble with its desires. Most of our problem arises when we get anxious and refuse to leave that point that is bugging us. We feel hurt when others do not seem to have the same issues which are concerning us.
Next time you fail in an interview, fail to conceive, bogged by financial problems, sickness seems to be your mate etc, do not worry. Just tell it to the Lord and place the problem at his feet.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Phil 4:6-7
Once you have handed it over to the Lord, do not allow the Soul to vex you. Remind the Soul that you have already given it to the Lord. It is then only you can continue to read the next verse of the Romans.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.Rom 8:28
Notice how the Spirit is concerned with fulfiling his purpose in you. The Spirit is not really worried about your Soul’s concerns.
I hope you have understood how it works for God’s children who are led by the Spirit. In one of my recent visits to a Kerala Faith Home, I heard the Clergy announcing that a weekly “Prashna Parihara Prarthana” to be conducted on Monday. I realized that this is not a new thing for that faith home, but a regular meeting for the entire Centre and possibly other centres.
I have no problems with Praying to God about issues that are bothering you. It’s important that you pray about it and give the burden to Jesus. However, this “Prashna Parihara Prarthana” could take a different route and can be a means for Soulish prayers to be invoked on behalf of the laity. The Clergy of TPM wants you to be bogged down by soulish prayers. Be careful
Do you still think they can make you perfect in Christ Jesus?
Its high time that God’s people stop outsourcing such Soulish prayers and stop being babes. Time to grow up.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.Eph 3:20-21