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).


365 Responses to “Getting Prayers Answered”

  • 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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