Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (NIV) James 1:27
Nearly 60% of the people in Lesotho live at poverty level…many families live on less than $1 a day.
Nearly 1 of 3 children in Lesotho live as orphans.
“Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable and others extremely difficult.” -Samuel Johnson
There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land. (NIV) Deuteronomy 15:11
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Why Aren’t My Prayers Being Answered?
Is there a lack of power in your praying. Here’s what the Bible tells us about some hindrances to prayer.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Mark 11:25)
We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will. (John 9:31 NIV)
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; (Psalm 66:18 NIV)
Lack of sensitivity to those in need:
If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered. (Proverbs 21:13 NIV)
Request is Outside of God’s Will:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (1 John 5:14 NIV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6 NIV)
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (James 4:3 NIV)
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6 NIV)
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10 NIV)
Improper Husband-Wife Relationship:
Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. (1 Peter 3:7 NIV)
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. (Matthew 6:7 NIV)