Getting Prayers Answered

Written by M. Larson

Why do some people get their prayers answered–and I don’t? Have you ever wondered that? Have you ever wished that you could have a closer touch with God?

When you have a problem, you may talk with some special Christian about it. “Pray for me,” you ask. If anyone can get an answer from God, you figure that person can.

But there’s no reason why all Christians can’t have the power with God that the Scriptures promise. For the Lord certainly loves every one of His children for whom He paid the supreme sacrifice. If you are His child through faith in Christ, that includes you.

What conditions does God’s Word set down for answered prayer? Let’s look at them.

  1. Repentance is necessary. Second Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” Obviously sin keeps prayers from getting answered. But did you know that bitterness, resentment, bad temper, anger, and harsh words can come between us and God? The Bible says such things grieve the Holy Spirit. How can we make things right? First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” When we are cleansed, we can look for answered prayers.
  2. Righteousness is necessary. James 5:16-b says, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Following this statement, God gave us an example of Elijah, whose prayer was answered. Elijah prayed it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t rain for over three years! When he prayed for rain, down it came.Righteousness refers to a daily, steady walk with the Lord. We try not to let anything come between us and Him. God had first place in Elijah’s heart, as He probably does in the hearts of those we ask for prayer. In their lives we see Christ; when others see Him in us, they’ll be asking us for prayer.
  3. Forgiveness is necessary. Jesus said that when we pray, if we hold anything against anyone, we are to forgive that person; then God can forgive our trespasses (Mark 11:25).Sherry was sorry for things she had done wrong, so she asked the Lord to forgive her. But when she finished praying, guess what Sherry still held in her heart? Bitterness, anger, hostility…and unforgiveness toward a relative who had hurt her. Then she wondered why she still didn’t feel right with God!Hard to forgive some people for the way they have hurt us? Sure it is–for us! But I have found it possible to do so by holding such destructive, self-centered feelings up to my Lord and saying, “Lord, take these hurtful things. I don’t want them any more. Cleanse me. I just want your peace, joy, and love. I forgive everybody! “When I feel God’s peace, I know I can pray.
  4. Obedience is necessary. We read in First John 3:22, “…And [we] receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.” Obedience is the trademark of a righteous person. And obedience entails more than just conforming to a nice little set of cut-and-dried rules. It is part of being turned into the Holy Spirit. That’s where doing “those things that are pleasing in his sight” comes in.God’s two great commandments call for love, and they cover every relationship and every circumstance: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind….Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).God’s command also lie in principles His Word sets forth, such as “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).Obedience to God isn’t hard when we truly love Him and others.
  5. Sincerity is necessary. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
  6. Agreement is helpful. Jesus said, “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.”
  7. Persistence is helpful. Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests”. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all saints.
  8. Faith is necessary. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”When I’m praying, I often claim the promise that Jesus gave His followers: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24).

Do you really believe God can work in the lives of unsaved and backslidden loved one’s life in answer to your prayers? Do you believe God can help you work out your problems, help you get a job, pays the bills, get along with cantankerous relatives, co-workers, or neighbors?

Then stand back and watch God work as you pray! It will thrill you!

And here’s a great promise you might like to memorize: “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, and he will do this” (Psalm 37:4-5).

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399 Responses to “Getting Prayers Answered”

  • Chris Chris says:

    dorine…we pray that your boyfriend would truly find christ in his life, be responsable and be a Christian husband to you and a Christian father to the child in jesus name amen!

  • R says:

    well I wanna thank God for blessing me eith a job plus allowing me to go to school heavenly father bring back together me and my ex we had a good relationship and help us be strong in your name jesus amen

  • dorine says:

    i will like you people of God to pray for me and my boyfriend to get married and That God to destroy any female connection in his life . i have a Baby in the relationship and i want to be married by him since he is the gay of my dream and heart desire.I will glorify the lord for his great Manifest in my life.

  • Chris Chris says:

    r.s….its imperative that we allow jesus to show each of us who our mate is to be. we cant convince anyone about that. they must hear from God for themselves. otherwise the marriage would result in a person being incarcerated against their wills in a situation they had never really wanted in the first place. we all need to know jesus and know his will personally. if you would like to start your journey knowing jesus in a personal way and his will for you log on at knowingjesuspersonally.com. blessings!!

  • r.s. says:

    Please pray that me and my ex l.b.j. reconcile and get back together soon. I need l.b.j. to realize our love was true. Please ipen his heart and mind and let him call me and want to have our relationship back

  • Barbara Alpert Barbara Alpert says:

    Father God, I lift Rhonda and her children up to You in prayer. I ask that You would move on Rhonda’s prayer so she can see her children soon. Let not nothing separate this mother and her children. Out of Your abundant love, mercy and grace may You restore that which has been broken. I ask that You would protect Rhonda’s mind from the enemy. May Your Spirit rule her heart and mind. May You flood her with Your peace so she properly handle this situation as You would have her. We thank You, God, for all that You are doing and will do in this situation. May Rhonda be shouting for joy in the not so distant future as she watches You make things right. In Jesus’ name, Amen

  • Alfred Alfred says:

    Hi Therese, I’m so glad for Chris’ response to your plea. I just went onto the website to look: First one needs to find “settingcaptivesfree.com” and then find an E-book called “the cross centered mind”. All the best as you find and use that to lift you up!!!
    I remember feelings of abandonment, after 25 years of back-sliding; then God gave me a dream where I was on my way to hell! That shook me up! For the next 7 days I was on my knees (from getting home from work till supper time), pleading for Jesus to wash me clean. Then I felt refreshed, upon which a friend invited me to a Full Gospel Businessmen’s meeting where I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I have never been the same since. That joy is still with me today! God in His wisdom will lift us up, but He can only lift us as high as we will allow Him to. One who seems to have a small need will only be lifted up a small amount. The Great Apostle Paul is a good example to one who was lifted “from opposing God, to being an enthusiastic missionary”!
    Today I feel a need to yield more to Him, rather than trying to make my plans work. It is not easy at times to trust Him in everything.
    Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that we are called to pray for one-another. Each one of us is going through some difficulty or another, all for the purpose of drawing us closer to You and for strengthening us. Your word says that we will never be tempted or tried beyond our ability to withstand, but that You will make a way of escape for us. Help us not so much to seek a way out, as a way through these troubles. Now we ask for the assurance of answered prayer, which leads to peace and joy. Yes, perfect love drives out fear, and you, Lord, are perfect love. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

  • rhonda says:

    First I wanna thank u Lord for everything you’ve done fir me Lird I need your love peace and mercy show me favor and Lord I’m asking u to touch the heart of my ex boyfriend lbj and make him come back to me so we can continue the relationship we had clear my mmind from negative thoughts as the devil is trying to bring me down. Dont allow me to break down but build me up so that my cup runneth over. Lord I miss my kids please make a way where there seems to be NO where and unite me with my kids let the judges see the truth thru my kids dad and let them release my children back to me I’m trying to hold on to my faith

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    therese….despair no longer, jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. sign up for the cross centered mind on settingcaptivesfree.com and you will be given the tools you need to overcome all depression and melancholy. after walking with jesus for 40 years now, i can say his Word never fails! blessings!

  • Therese says:

    I am in utter despair today. Depression and alcohol addiction has engulfed me. I have lost faith in God, I keep praying and asking for strength and peace and I feel God has abandoned me. I think I no longer believe in God, or that he just doesn’t care. He does not appear to want to allieviate human suffering. I fear my prayers are usless. I fear I just won’t bounce back from this. Lord, help me.

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    r.s….we pray in jesus name that your family come into the unity of the spirit of christ so that in all things jesus may be glorified. blessings!!

  • r.s. says:

    I come today on behalf of my kids sake heavenly reunite us back together dat no one will ever br able to separate us again I ask you to do it quickly Jesus cuz to much time away from them is bad

  • Linda says:

    As I read these emails my eyes are full of tears, my heart feel anxious and so sad. I’m sorry for all these pain you all going through I have gone through so much as I was betrayed really bad after four years in my relationship. All I can say is that God is there for you all, he is there with you carrying you through these tribulations, he only want you to drawn near him to make him your priority and to trust on him like you have never done before. Please don’t lose faith and don’t be anxious he will calm your heart and give you hope that you need right now. Keep praying and don’t get dispair if your prayers are not getting answer right away, remember that God’s timing is perfect and that he will not take something from you unless he has something better. Wherever you are right now is where he want you to be, look at the positive even thought you might don’t see it because of your pain everything that is happening in your lives is happening for a reason. All I can say is God love you and he died for you and I how can he just ignore your pain I’m sure he has a plan for you that will blow you away when you realized that all these happening right now or for a while was only the stepping stone for something incredibly magical and unbelievable. Love you all.

  • Trish Hicks Trish Hicks says:

    To all the recipients here, it is very important we look to the promises of God when praying ,for one Jesus came to die for our sins,so that we could have life and have it more abundantly. Two God has promised never to forsake his children.But there are a couple of things we must play our part with. That is to make sure we have repented from all of our sinful ways, and two have we’ve been obedient to him,if not we must repent and ask for his forgiveness. Three we can not be living in habitual sin. If all of these steps are clear we can know that he hears us and that we also need to have t he faith that not only he will do it, but we are to look at it already done.1John5:14-15 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him. In where it saids we know that we have meaning we already have it,it is a sort a speak done deal. But I know ,I even myself have a hard time believing that, myself.. It will take more time for me. Some of you may grasp onto the concept quickly but for most it is alot easier said than done. But for the most part my fellow believers, as long as our hearts are right with God and we are sincere and born again , or asking or calling on the Lord to come be Lord and master of your Life he will hear us.John 3:3 NIV
    In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. We must belong to the Kingdom of God also in order for us to get any answers from God, and in order for him(God) to hear us. So therefore in essence of it all prayer is our powerful weapon, but it must be used with having faith in the Our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Heavenly Father,
    I lift up all recipients here in this conversation Lord. Father it is to your promises we look to and put our trust in.I ask Lord that you consider each recipient here , in the answering of prayer Lord God.For you Oh Lord know each of their hearts.I ask Lord God that you bestow abundant grace with mercy and endurance and strength to each of them Lord God.It’s in Jesus name I pray. Amen

  • Rhonda says:

    Dear jesus I ask forgiveness for all my sins jesus I believe and have faith dat u will give my children back to me for good u know my heart you know wat I’m going thru. I also pray for my ex boyfriend lb to get back together in your name jesus and prove to the world how awesome u r jesus let your will be done. Uplift me jesus cuz im going thru some very difficult times

  • John Wesley says:

    Dear servent of God
    Please pray that God would forgive me for my sins. Sins that i cannot share and feel guilty for my deeds and acts are not pleasing to God in any manner. Though God was concerned about our family I never bothered and separated myself away from Him. As we are drowned in financial debts today there is no way that God can do some thing because still I am a sinner. My disobedience have constructed a great wall between God and me. I still choose to Pray for forgiveness If there is any chance. And this time I want to make a final decision to be obedient to God weather He’s gonna bring me out of all debts or not but, because of me my family should not fall short of God’s grace. As the head of my family and God’s unique plan I pray today that Jesus would come down into our family and bring deliverance. Its the only Prayer that I make today that God would take complete control over my life and my habits. Please pray that this prayer would be answered. I know if i repent and get back to Him He’s ready with His righteous right hand to lift me up.
    Glory to God.

  • Joe heid says:

    I ask for prayers in my marriage. We have been separated for a year now and she has a new boyfriend. My daughter is confused and angry and wants me home. I love my wife with all my heart still and have forgiven her for the wrongs she has done in our marriage. I pray we ate reconciled soon . praise Jesus

  • shw says:

    please pray for me that all my problems in life are solved. Problem which I am facing from last 7 years

  • Therese says:

    Thank you to Michael and Chris and all for your prayers. Lord we praise you for all your goodness and all your love and comfort. Please remember all those here who are suffer and grieve looking for answers. In Jesus name, we Pray, Lord send us your comfort and peace. AMEN!

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    therese…we pray jesus gives you of his wonderful grace and mercy to be able to move forward and know he will send the right people at the right time into your life in his name amen!

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    therese…may jesus love and grace engulf your heart and mind today, heal your inner person and bring you newnewss of life amen!

  • Therese says:

    Please pray that God forgives me for obsessing over the loss of a friend. Please pray with Jesus help that God may heal my heart so that I can move on. It hurts when a friend moves on, but hurts more to think God is not hearing my cries for peace in my heart. It has been too long. Please pray to God that he allows it to be easier for me soon. The pain is still raw. And I know he isn’t coming back. Jesus, forgive me, help me to heal. Amen.

  • Jeannie Jeannie says:

    Lord, we pray for Rhonda for the reuninting of this precious family and that they will grow in the strength of Your love, mercy and grace. Lord cause your peace that passes understanding to keep their hearts and minds stayed on you, in Jesus name. Amen.

  • Thokozani Masondo says:

    Dear God, please hear my prayers as from 2007 now it is 2014, ive been sicking for this born again christian man, tall, light in complexion, educated, open mind, who like his body who dont put drugs on it, im born again and have seek God Kingdom and his righteousness but now im loosing faith as I have been praying for so long, im now 35 yrs blessed with things that most of the things, that 2 people achieve if they are married,pretty house, big cars, but I dont find joy on them now, I need to start my family, I need a god fearing man, God people are created by you, why dont you give what im asking for the past years because in Jeremia you said you have good plans for us, mattew 7 vs 7, u said if we ask, it will be given to us, hope is dissapearing now, Please give me that Husband, Im becoming tired to ask for him, as if im the one who will not get married, I should nt feel to have him.

  • rhonda says:

    Please pray dat mr and my ex reconcile we been thru dah struggle together please pray dat he will ask me to come back home for my bday which is saturday so I can be closer to my kids and get custody back

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    roger….we pray for Gods highest and most perfect good in your life knowing that each detail he has completely under his control. thanks jesus for bringing roger the mate you have reserved for him amen. blessings!

  • Roger says:

    Holy Father, it’s been about 5 months since my gf and I went our separate ways I pray that you give us a miracle and allow us to reconcile. I know through you all things are possible and I am putting all my faith in you father. Amen.

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    alison…we pray jesus perfect will be done in both yours and johnnys lives. Gods perfect wisdom is so much greater than ours, that is why we must lean not on our own understanding but on His. blessings!

  • Alison says:

    Please pray for me that my love, Johnny, heart be changed. He is going through a divorce & had an emotional breakdown over his two older children. They are angry with him & wouldn’t speak to him. He told me he had to go back & heal his relationship with them. He & I had been together six months. I love this man & would sacrifice anything for him. I pray God opens his heart to see going back was not the right answer. That he comes back to me.

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    lord we pray for dawns husband that he awakes from this spiritual slumber for now is high time for him to do so. “This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” Romans 13:11-14 amen

  • Therese says:

    Please pray for me, I’m in such pain over the loss of a friend, his life is changing for the better and so I feel he doesn’t need me anymore, he has new and exiciting people to talk to and new ventures happening and I am being left behing. It’s so painful. How can a friend just forget you and not think it hurts you? I can’t move on yet I can’t talk to my friend. Please pray God shows me what to do. Please pray for my broken heart, I can’t stop crying. I need my friend and it feels as thought he he gone….crying every day and every night. Please help God, heal my heart. In Jesus name, I pray.

  • Dawn says:

    I need help I think I’m loosing the love of my life. I found out my hudban was talking to a women he works with behind my back. when I conforted him he kicked a big hole in my wall . I love him dearly but I know he has resentments towards me I’m had 3 surgeries in 3 years and need a lot of help he was the sweetest man when we first meet he showed me more love and compassion. Than anyone ever has.he took good care of me and made me feel safe for the first time in my life.I don’t know what I would do without him .I’m falling into a deep depression. My faith in God is strong but his silant treatment is making me so sad . I wasn’t. The one being disloyal. Please pray for my marriage. And the return of his love and loyalty.

  • Michael Jantzen Michael Jantzen says:

    Hello Therese. I’d be happy to pray with you right now:

    “Dear Lord Jesus, thank you that you have a wonderful plan for Therese’s life. She may not see it right now when her addiction and depression is staring her in the face, but you see and you also have the power to help her walk into your good plan. Please help her lift up her eyes and see your goodness and to receive the power of your Holy Spirit to stand strong. Amen.”

    If you want, you can connect with one of our free and confidential mentors: http://powertochange.com/experience/talk-to-a-mentor/ who would listen and encourage you in your journey .take care!

  • Therese says:

    Please pray to the Lord to help me take the steps needed to heal my addiction, to please help me heal my heart as I have been in great emotional pain. Please pray to heal me of my obsessions and depression so that I may be closer to God, can become healthy so that I may do his will. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Dear Rhonda,
    Let me pray for you right now!

    Dear Heavenly Father,
    I thank you for Rhonda and her heart for her family and marriage. Lord You are the one who saves, who redeems our lives from the pit and who takes our broken pieces and makes something beautiful out of it. Lord, today would You work in her life and that of her exhusband. You are still the God of miracles and I ask for a miracle for their marriage …that you would renew their love for one another and make it whole again so that these children could have a loving family and home to grow up in. Amen.

  • rhonda says:

    I pray to get my children barck and for my ex and I to get back together in jesus name amen

  • Michael Jantzen Michael Jantzen says:

    Hello M. Thank you so much for sharing your prayer request about this incredibly painful issue. I am really touched by how open and loving you still are towards your husband when he has clearly hurt you terribly. That shows we that you’re heart is still soft and trusting God. I’m sure it’s not easy, but your godly approach to this is protecting your heart from bitterness. I would love to pray for you right now:

    “Dear Lord Jesus. I pray that your compassion would continue to flow through her heart towards her husband. Continue to protect her from bitterness and un-forgiveness and please do a miracle in his heart. Cause a deep dissatisfaction with porn, his destructive friends and any relationships he’s having with girls. Help him come to the end of his rope so he cries out to you. Please help this marriage be restored. Amen.”

    Take care!

  • M says:

    please pray for Ezra’s healing from lustful ways, from porn, strippers, lusting after other women, pray this woman who destroyed our relationship will be rid from his life for good and any others who try damage us, that his friends who encourage this behavior are removed from his life. That he leaves that woman and comes back to me. That God will fill Ezra’s heart with love and joy when he thinks of me and us, that he will look to our happy memories and remember those, that he will feel true regret for his actions and will seek to make things right again, that he will seek the Lord and be a holy man so that we may live happily together.Please pray Ezra will receive my gift and words with love and understanding, that all the pain and fear in both our hearts is removed and we will focus on the love we have for each other,please God put forgiveness in Ezra’s heart for any pain and fear I have caused him heal our problems and brings us together again. I pray in the name of Jesus, God please see it in your will to reconcile Ezra and me again, I love him and he loved me, please remind him of that and take these people from his life who block him from seeing that.
    Amen. Thank you

  • Karen says:

    Dear lord, I come before u to ask that u please forgive me for my sins seen an unseen… Lord I pray that u will bring my ex Al back to me I love him still …We were together for ten years I just can’t get over him that easily please hear my prayer my lord I have faith that u will make this happen no matter wat the situation maybe…Open doors for me lord God hear my prayer in Jesus name..

  • Kate Kate says:

    Heavenly Father, thank You for who You are, for Your willingness to open Your ear and receive our prayers. You are the God who addresses us, so help us to RESPOND to what YOU are saying and make that a priority.

  • nosisa says:

    Dear Lord I humble myself to you as your child I know having a crush aint a big deal to other but to me it is. Lord I’m sorry for everything I’ve done and doubting u. Father I pray that I seek your kingdom first and know you Lord I thank you for my life and I pray that you help me read your word. Lastly Lord I know you care for me nd u know how I feel about that guy Lord I believe that only you can help me not and cast spells by prophets. You are the Lord and I beliece you hv has my prayers and I shall meet the guy in Jesus name. Thank you for your love, mercy. Ans protection I love you father

  • Atisha says:

    Dear lord pliz hear my prayers help me find a proper job give m strength ooh lord ,l know that am a sinner but am asking u lord to forgive m open e doors of heaven for m grecious father ooh how wonderful u are and the mercieful lord bless m almighty as l am praying now l pray in Jesus name .Amen

  • helen says:

    Please God provide me with a new house in a quiet neighbourhood as I am going crazy here with all the noise and crazy terrible neighbour I can t stand here another minute in Jesus name Amen

  • Shelley Shelley says:

    Dear Father God.

    Lord I lift up my sisters to you at this time that you will answer there prayers as they seek Your grace. In Jesus Name Amen

  • mgm says:

    Please dear lord jesus I beg n pray that my ex boyfriend will come back to me and take me back. Please dear god hear me.. I love my ex so much who is also my first love from over 30 yrs ago. We reconnected 4 yrs ago and just 3 months ago he broke it off with me cause I got to be to insecure and I regret my behavior. God I pray please let him take me back and sshow him how much I love him. God please help me. Amen.

  • jean says:

    Dear Lord
    please help me to find good husband,Lord please answer my prayer.iloveu Lord,AMEN

  • jean says:

    Dear Father God
    Please help me to find good husband please Lord answer my little prayer.please God always hear in my prayer,and good healht my family.please Lord i always have faith in you and trust in you,ILOVEU MORE GOD,THANK YOU,AMEN

  • Shelley Shelley says:

    Dear Father God.

    I pray for my friend that you will respond to her request and that You will give her comfort at this time in there life. In Jesus Mighty Name Amen

  • jeba says:

    i have given her many promises i shouldnt fail from it.please give me the strength to face all problem and to retrive back

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