Friday, 30 May 2014

Servant To The Lenders

Proverbs 17:18 It’s poor judgment to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for a friend.

Debt, debt, and more debt is the spirit at work in this world. We, well-meaning parents, are encouraging our children to go into slavery in a roundabout way. Prov. 22:7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. For the sake of a diploma that does not guarantee a good job or career in any of the fields the student is studying through, we have pushed the education mantra on these students to the point of ridiculous debt. Make no mistake: the borrower is a servant to the lender.
     Garry Mason, who writes for the Globe And Mail, states in his article Another Day Smarter, But Deeper In Debt." To see what can happen when a student debt problem goes unaddressed, one only has to look to the United States, where the situation has reached crisis levels. 
      The amount of outstanding student debt there has topped $1-trillion. That amount, and the delinquencies, are escalating at frightening rates. A Bank of Montreal student survey released last month revealed that postsecondary students expect to graduate from school with more than $26,000 in debt, on average. Students in B.C. are expected to be nearly $35,000 in debt." 
      Why are parents encouraging their sons and daughters to acquire such debt? Is it because these same parents have learned to be a debt servant to all their own masters and do not know any other way? 
      One of the conditions for my youngest son to return and live at home so that he could finish his last two years of college for a business degree was that there would be no student loans of any kind. I said that if that was the way he wanted to go about getting his education then there was no point in moving back home, because I would be enabling him to believe the lie that so many students have bought into. 
      I would be helping him become a servant slave to the Govt. and bank lenders of this easy to get money, but oh so hard to pay it back. My son did not like what I had proposed but agreed to my terms. He had to work two jobs and do his study, but at the end of the two years, he had graduated with a good average and debt free. He was not a servant to anyone or any financial institution. He was able to start his life debt free and not have a financial albatross hanging around his neck like so many other students. 
      Students have signed up for these unsecured loans and debt in droves. They start life with a huge debt-load before they even have their first career job. The devil is now managing their time, and time for God and ministry will not be affordable on Satan's payment plan. 
      These gullible students have signed contracts of unsecured loans that are setting a lifestyle precedence in their lives. Debt will become a way of living. Prov. 6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. 5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
       I am often asked for help by the parents of these debt loaded students who have cornered themselves with an overwhelming amount of debt. The odd thing is, that often, the parents want another loan or a guarantor to get themselves and their prodigy out of debt by acquiring more debt. That is the problem, you cannot get out of debt by entering into more debt. They have become a poor risk to others and themselves but can no longer see it. 
      This thinking has become a heart and character problem, not a money issue. The feeling that is tearing them apart is the fact that they are servants to the lender. They have become full-time slaves. These slaves to debt are no longer free and they now know it deep down in their hearts but cannot find a way out. They find it hard to live for Christ because all their time is used up serving with great payments another master. Matt. 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 
      We were created to live free in Christ and not put ourselves into bondage of any kind. This method of slow death and drudgery is an attack on the church because the debt mentality has crept into the church. This is one of the plans of the enemy of our soul. 
      If Satan can have you working all the time to cover your debt on things you do not need to impress people you do not like, then the devil has got your use of time scheduled for life. Rom. 13:8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.
      Is saving and working for something of value hard? Sometimes it is, but well worth it when you own it and it does not own you. Over time when the children of the old testament were sold into slavery to cover the accumulated debt because of a chosen lifestyle, there is a moral deficit that comes across the land along with drought, famine, and war. Do we, as a nation, have to go through these events to find out that the borrower is a servant to the lender? I pray not. Hag. 1:5 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

From God's Garden

Proverbs 24:27 Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.

       Roses: I was talking with a gardener who has some exquisite roses that originate from a warm climate zone. The roses need some extra protection during the winter months. The gardener covers these particular rose bushes with burlap for the winter months to protect them from wind, frost and some moderate below zero weather. Recently, when the warmth of spring came, he took off the burlap and gave the rose branches a slight trim and within a few months the blooms and scent are incredible. 
      I had one of those ah-ha moments and realised that the beautiful display was a result of the quiet time covered in the dark until spring. Isn't this process like when we spend time in our prayer closet during the harsh winters of our discontent. We are making time with our heavenly Father, praying for a breakthrough to overcome the attack of the enemy or praying for the answers to the many requests we have. Matt. 6:6 But thou, when thou pray, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which sees in secret shall reward thee openly. 
      Isn't it after a time that feels like we are covered in burlap and the light of the day does not seem to break into our lives that we then find a scent of spring? Then suddenly God, bursts like spring. We experience miracle after miracle, then we bloom and display the joy of the Lord as we give praise for the beauty of God who is reigning in our hearts and lives. Sng. 1:4 Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee
      Grapes: I have a few established grape vines. When the shoots and leaves of the vines start to grow in earnest, and the branches are unruly, there is a process called canopy management. The reason the branches are pruned, tied and aimed into the higher part of the foliage is to allow the sun to shine on the growing grapes. The grapes need more sun time in order to grow, create sugars and ripen to its full capacity. 

      Wow! Just like a Christian who needs the Son of God to shine forth on our hearts so that we also can grow and ripen toward our full capacity. We need to trim the extras that takes our time and thoughts away from true growth in the Lord. John 15:2 Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit. That is the point of God's pruning, that we may bring forth fruit. 
      The only way we will be able to do that is to allow the Son to focus on the areas of our lives that need canopy management. Without Christ working our growth patterns, we can do nothing. John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 
      The consequence of not allowing the Lord to trim our lives is that we will end up producing sour grapes. Eze. 18:2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge? We need to produce the sweetness of Jesus in our lives and that comes by the Son shining on our lives.
      Strawberries: I was cultivating a cluster of flowers about twelve feet from a strawberry patch. I noticed a strawberry plant within the flower stand. The berry runner had made its way all that distance to establish itself right in the middle of the flowers. I had to cut the runner and transplant the strawberry plant back to the patch where it could be pollinated. 

      This reminded me of a marriage counseling session I had with a man who had left his wife for another woman and there were problems starting to show up, just like the last relationship. Just like that strawberry runner, the thing that caused problems had popped up. 
      If we do not deal with the problems that show up in a relationship and keep them contained within the guidelines of the word of God, then like the runner the same problem will show up again ready to produce fruit. James 3:12  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. We will produce who and what we are in life. Matt. 7:16  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 
      Like strawberry runners out of control, we will affect those within our sphere of influence, either to good or bad. With the help of the Holy Spirit, take care of the problems when they are manageable. Don't let them go to seed and ruin more than your own life.
      How well does your garden grow? Blessings.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

God's Wisdom Works

Proverbs 16:20 He that handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusts in the LORD, happy is he.

        Most of us do not have to go to jail to find out that the way of a transgressor is hard. Prov. 13:15 Good understanding gives favour: but the way of transgressors is hard. However, this is not true for a lot of people in jail. I realise that there are a lot of mitigating circumstances for people that are incarcerated; however, most of them were not able to learn through the observation of other people's experiences and mistakes. 
      It seems like they had to fall to the lowest of lows until they could see the fact that they were not as smart as they thought they were. They found out much too late that they did not have all the answers to their drug, alcohol, gambling and the many problems that overwhelm. Many found out while sitting in a jail cell or cleaning themselves off after vomiting in an ally that they did not have all the answers. 
      Now, these same people are living in despair, wanting an immediate cure to the dysfunction that took years to establish in their hearts. They ask, "Why me, what did I ever do to deserve this?"John Maxwell says, "You win some and you learn some." Our hope is that if we did not win a battle, then at least we are learning so that we do not become a failure. 
     The Proverb is clear when it says, "He that handles a matter wisely shall find good." Handling something wisely takes wisdom and there is the rub. Wisdom comes from God. Prov. 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom: out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding
      If the general population does not believe in God, or His instruction, then how can they handle a matter wisely? No wonder God asks us to pray for those who are in governmental authority. 1 Tim. 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
     I was asked by a brother at church, "Does everything we are doing on this project have to be so hard? If God is asking us to head in this direction, why then is it such a grind?" Good question I thought. I knew what this man was referring to because I had been thinking the same thing about the same situation. After some discussion, we had come to the conclusion that we had not asked for God's wisdom for the plan God gave us. We simply went forward in our own wisdom without prayer or conferring with God as to how He wanted the vision to go forward. 

      Could it be that simple? James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him. Is that what is meant by handling a matter wisely? Ask God for His wisdom on the matter. Luke 11:9  And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 
      Why do we wait until everything is falling apart before we approach God for His wisdom? Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Most of life's warning signals are clear and mark out the road clearly. However, similar to driving the main highway, we ignore a lot of the road signs until we are giving a lame excuse to an officer in a speed trap somewhere. The point is that wisdom is crying out to us at all times, wanting our attention. Prov. 8:1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? 
      The wisdom of God is foremost going to work every time without fail. If we act on what the Spirit of God is saying to our hearts, we will eventually succeed at whatever we put our hand to doing in the kingdom of God. The thing we have to learn is not to wait until the walls are coming down to ask for His wisdom. 
      I recently asked God for His help on something I was working on at the office. I did not like what was suggested and I started arguing. I noticed it got real quiet. I then thought out loud, "Why are you asking for help if you are not going to comply with God's advice?" After all, He does know the beginning from the end. 
      I then repented and did as He said. Low and behold, it worked out better than I thought possible. Eph. 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Let us go to God first with a clear conscience and ask what He would and could do to bring victory to the situation we find ourselves in.
       Father, in Jesus name, we ask you to remind us that you and your wisdom is ready and available to us the moment we ask. Let that truth become part of our nature. Amen.

Friday, 16 May 2014

You Have To Have Heart

Proverbs 21:25 The desire of the slothful kills him; for his hands refuse to labour.      
      Slothful in heart. In the last blog post, I was exposing the precarious effects of being slothful in mind which led to slothfulness in work. The eventual result will be a slothfulness in heart. Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. 
      If we are going to speak out of what is in our hearts, then beware that there is no slothfulness lingering there. A slothful heart will make up excuses for the insipid spiritual growth going on in our lives and the blame game will begin in earnest. We begin to believe the lies we tell ourselves for the lack of maturity taking place within our hearts.  
      Napoleon Bonaparte said, “History is a set of lies agreed upon.” In the same way, we start to agree with the enemy of our soul as to the lack of victory we are experiencing in our daily Christian walk. This slothful virus or infectious lazy spirit corrupts our soul to the point of everything in the church and our lives becoming nonchalant. Col. 3:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
      A slothful heart can only be cured by the voluntary giving over of our hearts to the Holy Spirit. We have to make the conscious choice to want to be healed of slothfulness of heart. 2 Tim. 1:6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  
      Jesus was always trying to bring the spiritual leaders and people back to a heart relationship with God, but was constantly coming up against slothfulness that had permeated the nation's hearts to the point of following rote instruction to get God to love and accept them. 
      Christ was teaching that by putting one's heart into the relationship with their Heavenly Father, there would be a result of life emanating from their hearts. Matt. 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashed hands defile not a man. 
      How had the important things in life changed so much that the spiritual leaders were so focused on a ritual of washing hands rather than a sacrament of worshiping with lifted hands that came from the heart? 
     What have we put so much spiritual effort into today that God might not even care about? I recently was talking with someone who was enthusiastically telling me that in their church they have a long song service now because the last church they were all in only had a short song service. I asked him with the right spirit if they had started a new length of time song ritual for the sake of defeating an older song ritual? 
      I asked him what the Holy Spirit thought of their long drawn out singing ritual if there was no heart in it? I am not against long or short praise time during church. However, if the singing of praise and worship songs are being long-drawn-out for the sake of a time-filler, then we have become slothful in heart. Matt. 15:8 This people draw nigh unto me with their mouth, and honour me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 
      Through verse, after biblical verse, God is telling us that the heart is what God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are after. The Lord wants our full heart's attention. Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  
      One of the things that often will accrue in the Christian walk, when slothfulness in heart becomes prevalent, is the slowing down of momentous joy. These saints end up needing milk all over again. Heb. 5:12  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 
      It is written right there. The strong meat of the word belongs to those who are committed to Christ in heart. We all know this to be true, so let us go on to perfection as the scripture says. Amen. Rev. 3:6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. 

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Spiritual Luddites

Proverbs 22:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
      Slothful in thought:
      Who were the Luddites? Any of a group of British workers who between 1811 and 1816 rioted and destroyed labor-saving textile machinery in the belief that such machinery would diminish employment, also believing that these labor-saving machines threatened to replace the artisans with less-skilled low-wage laborers, leaving them without work.
      The Luddite fallacy is the simple observation that new technology does not lead to higher overall unemployment in the economy. New technology does not destroy jobs – it only changes the composition of jobs in the economy.

Does this argument sound familiar? Change is a hard adjustment for a lot of people, especially in the church. Warnings of catastrophic events are predicted if there is any change in the holy venue of the predictable Sunday service. They are basically saying, "There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets if anything is changed to my discomfort. This is how we have always done it," is a common statement for the justification to continue in the safe environment of personal churchiness. 
      Like the Luddites, there is a notion to break, destroy, or rebel against any new idea that is prejudged to bring an uncomfortable adjustment to the known routine. At the same time these same members are saying, "Why are we not growing as a church?" The problem with this thinking is that we become slothful in the commission that Jesus proclaimed before He was lifted up into glory. Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 
      We tend to lose our creative ability to go forward by faith in the changes the Holy Spirit has been sowing within our hearts in order to meet the needs in this present time. 1 Chro. 12:32a And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do. We must become people who know the times, and the time to communicate Christ with the next generation is now. 
      This will not be done with the old manner of doing things, even though the old story of the cross is still true and vibrant in our times. Slothful thinking will not meet the energy of a new generation. The eventual result of slothful thinking is a slothful work ethic in life and in the church body.
      Slothful in work:
      Have you ever worked for a Mr. Laban? Most of us have at one time or another. Gen. 29:15 And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, should thou therefore serve me for nothing? tell me, what shall thy wages be? How did you overcome this difficult time in your working life? You worked through it, developing a work ethic until God moved you to something else. 

      Laban was Jacob's uncle who had tricked Jacob into different contracts and obligations. Laban was as tricky as Jacob. He would change the conditions of payment to Jacob because God continually blessed whatever Jacob did at the expense of Laban. Laban would try and manipulate the favor back to himself. Gen. 31:41 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times. 
      People and Christians alike complain about their jobs and their work. Learning a work ethic comes from doing actual work and not just theorising about one day finding work or maybe getting a job. People want their own companies and their own way of creating wealth; however, we have to learn how to work and be honest at it.  
      If we are not faithful working for another man, even a Laban, then how will we succeed working for ourselves which can prove to be a lot harder. Luke 16:12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own? The slothful says things are too difficult to try harder. Again, change is hard. 
      Staying committed to honest work will take effort, but if there is progress then the lions in the street will stop to exist and you will be at peace with what God has given you to do and accomplish. Was Laban actually paying Jacob, or was it God paying Jacob through what God had given Laban? 
      Your supply does not come from the company you work for. The supply comes from God through the company. No need to be slothful because you are working for God. Col 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
      Work was ordained before the fall of man. Gen. 2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. We were created to work with the ethics of God in our hearts. Ask anyone who has lost their job. One of the things they remark on is that they now realise that work was a privilege and truly was fulfilling. 
      Bob Dylan sings Times They Are A Changing. We are to embrace a God-led change. To remain in a Luddite state of mind will cause us to revert to old things that just do not work anymore. Let us ask God to show us a new way that will work. It is a prayer the Lord is trying to answer. Isa. 43:18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. 

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

When The Clock Stopped

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
       I was reading a news article about another terrorist causing death to himself and others by blasting everything within twenty-five feet of his surroundings in a market place. One of the shattered items lying broken among the human casualties was a clock that had stopped at seven minutes to four. For the poor Innocent bystanders that clock had displayed the recorded time of their deaths. 
      What had these people put-off until later that will never get done? How many of these people, who were cut down in a few seconds, left their houses earlier saying, "I love you mom, or was it? I hope I never see you again." What had these victims of fanatical ideologies been buying at the time of their deaths? How many should-have, would-have, could-have thoughts taken place in the minds of the surviving friends and families who were being mentally tortured because of what might have been said the last time they had seen the victims alive?
      No one knows the last tic of the clock that we will all experience one day. The word of God admonishes us to buy truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding. Prov. 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. The interesting thing about this verse of scripture is that we are told not to sell these Godly pearls for our lives once we have them. 
      Again, no one knows the allotted time we have on this earth and what we say and do can have a life-long lasting affect, good, or bad on others. Therefore, we should allow the inspiration of God's truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding to influence our choices in life toward what we do and say. John Osteen taught his children to make sure their words were sweet because they might have to eat them one day.
     Matt. 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. More importantly, we need the truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding from God daily, because we live in a fallen world full of precarious threats. 
      There are weapons that have been formed against us. Isa. 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. It is true that these weapons will not prosper, but nonetheless, there are weapons aimed at us all the time and we need God's wisdom to defuse them. 
      We have been commissioned to go into the world with God's redemptive message and Jesus, Himself, says we are amongst wolves. Matt. 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Our time on this side of eternity is a precious commodity ticking away with no stop to it until our appointed time. Don't leave your loved ones without them knowing your heartfelt love for them. Eph. 4:26 Let not the sun go down upon your wrath. 
      Let us tell our children, spouses, parents, relatives and friends how much we love and care for them. They need to hear it from our hearts, because it might be the last memory they have of us. We cannot put these thoughts and feelings off for another time. We might not have that chance. 
      The rap group, DC Talk, says it clearly in their song Time is. "Time is tinkin' away, tic tic tickin' away. Tic toc tikity toc, time is tickin away. Time is tickin, it keeps on tickin', time is tickin away." Say that six times in row and you will get the message.
      Buy the truth and sell it not, is the instruction. I once needed wisdom for a medical situation and this verse in Proverbs caught the eye of my heart. I asked God, "How much did the wisdom cost?" since the Word said to buy it. I was smiling at the time I was asking this cheeky question when I noticed the proverb number Proverbs 23:23. At that moment I remembered a teaching by Joan Hunter. She said, when a verse spoke to a need in her life, she would write a cheque as to the value of the verse numbers and give it by faith for the blessing of God.  
      So, I wrote a cheque for twenty-three dollars and twenty-three cents and put it in the church offering by faith for the healing I needed and the wisdom to stay healed. No! I was not buying a miracle: I was using the faith I had at the time. However, I do give testimony as some of my friends know this to be true, that I was healed that weekend. I am not saying this is a faith formula, but by faith, it worked for me. Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
     We all have a time on this earth to give glory to our Lord, through and by our lives. Let us do it with the truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding that God gives us. 1 Thes. 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. Blessings to us all.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

What Did You Expect?

Proverbs 23:18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.

      There is a growing number of people in the church who have stopped expecting anything from God, and therefore, there is no disappointment when nothing happens. This type of self-preservation relationship has become a rote and neutral existence that has no life in, or out, of it. As a matter of fact, this lack of expectation in their Christian walk has started to destroy the joy in their everyday lives. Rev. 3:15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other. 
      This type of Sunday madness can bring harm to our personal relationship with our loving God because the Lord is continually reaching out to our souls to expand His love within us. If there is no receptivity from our hearts, then how do we go forward?  Mark 4:25 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. 25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath. 
      God is a living being and so are we. Life moves, breaths and feels in a constant forward motion. If life cannot stand still, then how can we stand inert and mute in a living body; the church?  Acts 17:28a For in him we live, and move, and have our being. 
      I have personally had this struggle with God when I have gone through trials that seem to be overwhelming. I have asked the Lord, "Why pray by what I think faith is if the prayer is ignored?" Some of you might be saying, "Who said the prayer was ignored?" I agree with your analyzing, but it does not change the fact that it feels that way. 
      Of course this is the acting out of fighting the good fight of faith, and this fight can leave us feeling beat up. We, who have had this struggle, are not the first ones to go through this. Jeremiah was fed up with the responsibility of the word in his life, but when he tried to stop the motion of the living word in his heart it was impossible not to be who God called him to be. Jer. 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name. But His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay
      Moses struggled with the feelings of his inability to provide meat for the large population. Moses was fed up to the point of sarcasm Num. 11:12 Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou should say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father bears the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers? Moses was basically saying, "When are you going to answer this prayer?" Then God answers. Num. 11:23 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Has my arm lost its power? Now you will see whether or not my word comes true!” 
      I could speak of Job, Hezekiah, Gideon and many others who had just wanted to shut it down and give up. The thing that always changes the circumstances were the words. Then the LORD said!
      This is the point: that God eventually comes through. Prov. 23:18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off. So, giving up on prayer is not the answer to your prayers, because the Holy Spirit lives in us and He intercedes on our behalf all the time with prayer. Rom. 8:26  Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered
      Jesus, our Lord, who lives in our hearts, intercedes for us; therefore, we are constantly in the way of prayer whether we want to pray or not. We are continually surrounded by it. Heb. 7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. 25 Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them. 
      Our expectation will not be cut off because the Lord Jesus is working toward our victory. Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. The Godhead has put way too much into our eternal lives to leave us floundering around with a mediocre relationship. Half-hearted attempts at communication will not do. God desires all of our being and He has the right to ask for it. Thank you, Lord, for your constant pursuit of our lives. You are a good God.