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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405 Responses to “Getting Prayers Answered”

  • Kate Kate says:

    Praying with you pddsvtshrtvjt.

  • pddsvtshrtvjt says:

    I confess my ill-deeds,lay them at the feet of the Almighty, apologize for them and admit that I love the Almighty and I love & forgive all those around me @ all times. Pl pray to the Almighty :- 1. That my child duly urgently & happily marries as exactly as desired & approved by me – our customs & procedures and soon may I & my spouse be happily blessed with an ideal & healthy grand-child. 2. Urgently may my dcsd parents & sblng, my sps & his mother, & myself experience justice where life’s complications made by our siblings, spse & off-springs r concerned. May the siblings b humbled down as is truly due. 3. My my sibling urgently acquire a house with fresh air and lights as a replacement of the current dingy house. 4. May our nephews be duly and sufficiently get earning urgently. 5. May our niece & her spouse be urgently blessed with their biological child. 6. May my small business urgently flourish. 7. May all around me, my spc & my offspring cease casting their evil. Let Almighty appropriately handle the unjust evils, immoralities, slanders & addictions cast against us by them. May Almighty urgently render all their past, present and future evil, jealousies, negativities, bad characters, exorcisms, extorting natures, selfishness, egos, over-confidences, criticisms, loud mouthiness, swearings, evil installations, ill-prayers, ill-writings, ill-mannerisms, ill-manneredness, ill-wishes, unjust & undue demands & allegations, unlawfulness, vultarities, undue- unnatural-duping – extorting-self-centered-intoxicating- indulgent-immoral-controlling-addicting friendships-over-usage to-fro mobile cell-phones- their – in-corporate, installed games & over-dependence & over contacts with outsiders – & their evils, their evil touch-feeding-consuming-actions & deeds, their indulgence against me, my sps, my sblng, my off-spring – in black/dark magicks, overpowering, envies, high-handedness, negations, allegations, quarrelsomeness and expectations, playing with law, crts, plcs INEFFECTIVE, nullify them and may the Almighty urgently bring them on the RIGHT path.

    Pl pray that the Holy Almighties, Prtct my off-spring, spse, sblng, me & my possessios from all the above-mentioned and missed out evil entities & their evils.

    With best wishesThanking & Obliged.

  • Chris Chris says:

    rs…intercedding for you today that the power and grace of the holy spirit would fill your heart and mind as you wait for the lords faithfulness in manifesting your hearts desire as promised in psalm 37.4, in jesus name amen!

  • rs says:

    Please pray for me my heart is heavy I miiss my children please God release my kids back to me u know everything and thereof you know the father aint right im trying to do my best to be successful but at the same time im in misery. PLEASE ALSO TOUCH THE heart of my ex lbj and reunite us back together let him see how much he mi$ me but most of all help all of us grow stronger in your word in Jesus name amen

  • Chris Chris says:

    buhle…lord jesus come and deliver this dear mother from her weaknesses, her sorrows, her despairs and bring her to you where she will receive the grace to live a powerful life in victory and lead others to do the same amen!

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