Getting Prayers Answered

Written by M. Larson

prayer2Why 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).


509 Responses to “Getting Prayers Answered”


    I pray that my husband mom will please leave me alone and let myself and my family have our own life, I’m not asking for my husband to stop loving her she is mean and evil and is always trying to separate us I pray Lord for protection from her and for blocks in her path of destruction in our life, we were happy before this, lord I love you .

  • Sharon says:

    to Girsch– prayer–father God I pray for this relationship and the unborn child God you know the heart of Girsch God you know he is desperate for you send other Christians along his path to encourage her and for this girlfriend I do pray for a second chance for them I pray for the outside influence I pray open her eyes to see on what she is doing God I pray for thus girlfriend send Christians along her path to encourage her and to put he on the right path with you for your glory God I pray all of this in JESUS name amen. from sharon

  • Girsch says:

    My girlfriend and I found out we were pregnant nearly 2 weeks ago.
    For a while I had been feeling desperate for a life of sincerity with God, but, when I admitted it on our prayer group it infuriated her as she thought I was being insincere and only trying to save face with the members when the pregnancy eventually came out. I even suggested that we go together to the leaders so they could pray for us. She was unwilling.

    She has since broken off the relationship and brought up a host of past disagreements in support of her decision.
    She does not want to see or speak to me and said that this time she wants me out of her life for good.
    I pray that God will guide her in the knowledge that a child needs both its parents and a family.
    I have wronged her in many ways but have never been unfaithful.
    Please pray with me that God will work in her heart, soften it, and reconcile us to be the happy family we both once wished for.

    She, herself comes from a broken home and on many occasions told me that she wanted to do right by her children one day.

    At the moment, I believe, there are outside influences also encouraging her not to give the relationship another chance.
    But this time there is an unborn child involved and I am desperate before God.

  • Sharon says:

    to RS– prayer–father God I do pray for LBJ for your healing hand over LBJ from bipolar nothing is impossible with you God you are the great physician and I pray for reconciliation for both and for RS I pray that RS will be able to come home again soon and I pray for LBJ to see on what this person did to RS and for reconciliation together again soon I pray for a miracle for this couple I pray all of this in JESUS name amen I am praying for you both. from sharon

  • r.s. says:

    Lord I come to u on behalf of my relationship with lbj thank you for reconcile our relationship but in the time we were separated he was drugged now he is biopolar and put me out for no reason please help him in Jesus name amen

  • Sharon says:

    To RS– my deepest apologies for misunderstanding you. prayer for you and LBJ father God I pray for RS and this relationship with LBJ I pray for reconciliation and forgiveness and for this relationship to get back together again you love them with an everlasting love I pray all of this in JESUS name amen I am praying for you to Jerry I am praying for you prayer–father God I pray for this couple for him and his girlfriend I pray for back together again I pray for forgiveness and reconciliation I pray all of this in JESUS name amen I am praying for you all too from Sharon

  • r.s. says:

    I dont know jerry but I pray that him and his girlfriend get back together in Jesus name amen

  • r.s. says:

    Sharon u misunderstood I seen someone by the name jerry post his prayer noone responded then I posted mine noone responded I donnt know him im praying for my boyfriend l.b.j and I to restore and reunitewith each other in Jesus name. Amen

  • Sharon says:

    to Rhonda and jerry– prayer–father God I pray for this couple to be reunited with each other I pray for forgiveness and reconciliation for them and what ever has to happen to be back together I pray for them to be back together again you created marriage I know are girlfriend and boy friend but have you both considered counseling and marriage just wondering. I am praying for you both. God loves you both with an everlasting love.– from Sharon

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