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).


581 Responses to “Getting Prayers Answered”

  • Aldo says:

    Nicola, the best way to deal with an unpleasant personality is the same way Jesus did in the gospel of Luke 4:1-13- by quoting the Word of God.

    Of course, you need to know the Word first. That is why the Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 2:15 to “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

    Nicola, notice in the Luke 4:1-13 scripture how the Devil came to tempt Jesus at a time when He was at His human weakness- in the wilderness and fasting for forty days and nights. The Devil does the same with us. He knows when we are at our weak times, and will use people to do his dirty work.

    But notice in verse 14 of that same chapter that Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee. When we know and are obedient to the Word of God, the Holy Spirit empowers us to get victory over our enemies.

    If you feel that you do not want to break off the relationship with this person, try using the Word of God. It will either repel her, or attract her closer to what you have. By no means allow her negativity to impact your thoughts. Let’s pray:

    Heavenly Father, You have heard and know the situation which Nicola is in with this negative and bitter friend. Lord, fill her with the power of Your Holy Spirit so that she will be an influence to her friend rather than to be influenced by her. Grant her the wisdom and knowledge of Your Holy Word, and give her the courage to use it lovingly and effectively, in Jesus Name we pray and agree, amen.

  • nicola anderson says:

    Hi guys, im in constant prayer with a god about this. Please pray for me I came to Christ six months ago in a prayer of repentence. I’d turned in to a bitter person and felt only god could help me, help myself. I’d also just stopped drinking wine nightly through prayer god the bitterness and also the taste for alcohol from me (iv never touched a drop since) iv lost a lot of friends as becoming a christian they just don’t want to know. Although I have this one person who is constantly calling she gossips about people, brings up past things I don’t want to remember (iv dealt with them) she is bitter about everyone. I’ve tried so hard to explain my new christian lifestyle but shes only interested in her daily negativity. Its bringing me down I’m sad to have to cut ties but I need the strength to do this. Thank you nicola

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi L, Thanks for sharing your prayer here. I have good news for you: God is less interested in anyone praying “the right words” and infinitely more interested in our honest, open conversation with Him. There is no power is saying specific things, or using special literary formulas in our prayers. He just wants us to talk to Him. When Jesus was teaching His disciples how to pray He said, “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.” (Matthew 6:7) Part of the danger of repeating the same prayer as a ritual is that you can fool yourself that somehow, when you say the ‘right words’, God can be controlled and manipulated to do what you want. That is a misunderstanding of what prayer is. The purpose of prayer is relationship. You wouldn’t use a standard formula when talking to a friend or family member would you? It makes the relationship stuff and formal. Just be real with God and share your heart with Him. Listen for what He is saying to you. You will be amazed at the intimacy you will begin to experience with Him.

    Let me pray for you: Jesus, thanks that You want to have relationship with us. Thanks for sacrificing Yourself so that the sin in our lives no longer keeps us separated from You. I pray that L would more and more know the intimacy of a personal relationship with You and that she would feel comfortable in opening her heart to you in prayer. For the things that she needs, I ask that You would provide for her. Amen.

    So L, how did you come to believe in Jesus? How does that change the way you live your life?

  • L says:

    Shoulder wound of Jesus . . .

    Oh loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I, a miserable sinner, salute and worship the most sacred wound of Thy shoulder, on which Thou did bear Thy heavy cross, which tore Thy flesh and lay Thy bones as to inflict an anguish greater than any other wound of Thy most blessed body.

    I adore Thee, oh Jesus most sorrowful. I praise and glorify Thee, and give thanks fully to Thee for the most holy and sacred and painful wound. Beseeching Thee by that exceeding pain, and by the crushing burden of Thy heavy cross to be
    merciful to me on towards heaven along the way of Thy cross. In Jesus’ name (make request) Amen to all.

    **This powerful prayer must be said for requests and most urgent help. After you have said it, ask for requests, then you must publish it right away
    for requests to be granted.**

    Thank you for hearing my prayers I have alot of faith that my prayer has already been answered. God Bless. Amen.

  • suzanka says:

    please pray my son and daughter will come to know Jesus. they have very little faith . both have suffered a lot these past 5 years. now they would both like to meet someone to marry. everyone around them is marring and having children. i am so hurt for my kids. they want marriage and children too. they dont feel God is there for them. they have prayed as i have for many years and nothing happens. God i know you can give them each someone to love who will love them back. please Lord send that person to them. unharden their hearts. let them each open their minds and hearts to You Lord. bless them in their hearts and minds so they will come to love you. let not their hearts be hard. i ask this in Jesus name as this is my only hope Lord. only You can do this for them. amen.

  • Aldo says:

    Tiffany, I do pray that God would draw Roderick closer to Himself and to the Savior Jesus Christ, His “only begotten” son, and that if it is His will for you to be married to Roderick, that God will bring that also.

    I pray also for God to touch your memory with His healing power and restore it fully, in Jesus Name we pray and agree, amen.

  • Tiffany says:

    Please pray God restore my memory

  • Tiffany says:

    Please pray for my boyfriend Roderick, to gain a better relationship with God and ask me to marry him.

  • Sharon says:

    to Nilesh -prayer–father God I do pray for Nilesh for this person for their studies to this person to focus on their studies and I pray lead this person to a peso n they can love and they will love back and to have a love of their life God you know their life seems empty I pray that you will fill it as only you can with your love and a love of their life and this person can focus on the studies too I pray all of this in JESUS name amen I am praying for you.– sharon

  • Nilesh durge says:

    my life is going from many wastfull thinks and .i can’t foucing on my studies. my 12th examination are nearly comning and sometime i can’t understance my life. my love life is also empty…….
    i didnt understand what to doo????
    can somebody pray for me and also for my studies n love life
    plz someone pray for me

  • Susan says:


    So sorry to hear your situation. This is what God says, before we do something, we have to ask God for His guidance. I am including myself also into this. We do and act the way we want and then we fall into trouble. Your heart was good and it was so nice of you to help her. Cutie, now if she is not responding then, I encourage you to ask God to guide you and diver to your attention from her. You really need God’s help in this. Turn to God, ask Him to guide your life, ask God to involve in your every areas of your life. He loves you and He cares for you.

    Let me pray for you.

    Dear Father God,

    I pray that You be with Cutie and Lord, Your help him, strengthen him. Lord, fill Cutie with Your peace. Help him to focus on You. Protect him and Lord, I thank You for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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  • Neicy says:

    Please pray regarding my marriage. My husband of 40 years left me for a woman 20 years his junior. I learned that they have been in a relationship for four years! He is addicted to the sex he gets from her. I also learned that he wiped out our savings and checking account because through the years he was taking her on trips and spending a great deal of money on her while I was at home working because he took an early retirement. I feel as if he is suffering from midlife crisis though he is 62 years old. I would like to have my marriage restored.

  • Mansi says:

    I was in love before 2-3 years but my bf is not in touch with me from 1 year. I wanna marry with him only pls help me, i wanna talk to him

  • Walter says:

    Please pray for my wife and children and in-laws. My wife wants a divorce, and while I do not. Pray that they are blessed by God, that He enters their hearts and fills them with His love and mercy, and that they turn their eyes back to him. Pray that I am transformed into the husband and father that my family needs. Pray that all marriages can be restored, Amen

  • Cutie pie says:

    I loved a girl lot. I love her coz her father left her her mother was having affair with another guy and she was alone. She tried to kill herself by cutting her nerves.

    I always tried to explain her that I would be with her at all the time. But she was depressed. As time passed on both of us felt in love with each other.I loved her at that time coz I thought of that Its god wish and I could help her by staying with her for whole life. So i loved her at that time. I knew exactly that she would never ask for money even if she is shotrt of that. Thats why I always bought most of her things myself and never take up that money and just asks her to keep it with herself and not to tell her mother that I have not taken the money.I thought coz if her mother will knew it that i have not taken money then she will not give her pocket money and would ask her to spend that money.

    I just began to believe that she was my soulmate and day night there was one thought in my mind that I will never let even a tear of her to fall off from her eye. But one day all of a sudden she asked me that she dont want to continue any more. This was that time when her family condition became somewhat stable. But till that time I have covered a long distance and I have fallen in deep love with her. she left me for some reason some misunderstanding . t waas 14th sept 2011 when she left.

    From that day till today I have been asking from god to give me her back. each and every moment I have asked god to give me her back Icant live without her. Could any one ask GOD and pray for me to give her back to me. I love her a lot. I just ask GOD to give me her back. Its 4 yrs and one thing I am particular aboutthat icant live without her. PLS help me .Please help me

  • Susan says:


    I encourage you to ask God for His guidance first. God loves you and He wants us to trust Him for everything.

    Father God, I pray that You guide Mapp and protect this child. Thank You for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

    Mapp, please visit

  • Susan says:


    I am sorry to hear your struggle. But, if this person is not responding you then why do you want to waste your time thinking about him? If he does not have any care for you then my friend, i encourage you to be practical. You divert your attention from him and focus on God. God will give you peace and joy. And Jackie, I am sorry to say something that you said, you have prayed to St. Jude, St. Anthony, St. Monica, St. Philomena,The Infant of Prague etc..and nothing happened. They are all great people but they are not God. The true living God is JESUS CHRIST only. Please call on His name. He loves you and He cares for you.

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    I am pryaing for you. If you have any questions please write to me.

  • Jackie says:

    Please, please, pray for me and that a relationship that I had with a man who I love so much, will be restored. He left me and I have been miserable and really could care less if I go on anymore or not. I know how selfish that is and sounds, but it is true. He will not give me a second chance at trying to make him happy and will not forgive me for mistakes that I made when we were together. We were both wrong on many things, but I never gave up on him and he kicked me to the curb and has never looked back. I have Prayed to St. Jude, St. Anthony, St. Monica, St. Philomena,The Infant of Prague, and am nearly finished with a Novena to St. Therese. Nothing has changed. Nothing. I am terrified that if I don’t get a rose from St. Therese how am I going to go on? I can’t. I just can’t. I am not a young woman anymore and at this point in my life I don’t have the strength to go on this way. I have cried every single day for over a month and can barely function. I called a Therapist to try and get some help and should be seeing him one day very soon. I have always been faithful to God and I have begged Him to send this man back to me. Yet He is silent. No sign of anything that can give me any hope at all.I am tired of being faithful, of Praying, of begging and asking for some sign of hope, of asking for forgiveness, and in being strong. I can’t go on anymore. Please Pray for me and ask God to please send this man back to me. I waited my entire life for him and then he was only in my life for 8 months. Not so long for having waited a lifetime. I am miserable. I will never understand why He brought him to me and then took him and allowed me to suffer this way. Please help me.

    Thank You and God Bless


  • Elkay says:

    Tash, I am very, very sorry to learn of your family’s situation and the damage done and I can certainly see why your faith feels weak. I do not know what makes a good husband as you described Johann become unfaithful and develop addictions but I do know that “With God, nothing will be impossible”.

    So we do pray, “Heavenly Father, You created marriage as a sacred institution so that man and woman could bind together, become one in Your eyes, reflect Your image and worship You. Yours was the plan and only with You at the center can they remake their marriage with its original joy so please bring a change in Johann’s heart that will cause him to turn to You and return to being the loving husband Tash married..

    The affair, addictions, broken bonds and relationships, financial issues in their marriage cannot be Your will. And so we confidently pray, according to 1 John 3:14, that you will break the bonds of evil that are causing such destructions in their marriage. We also pray for Tash and her children, that they develop a strong sense of Your peace that will guard their hearts and minds through Christ Jesus and that through this, Tash’s faith will be strengthened. Thank You, Abba Father, for hearing this prayer that we bring to Your throne of grace to find help in this time of trouble. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

    Tash, because of the personal nature of all this, I want to strongly recommend that you begin a private conversation with one of our mentors by clicking on the “Talk to a Mentor” button near the top, right of this article. May God bless you today with exactly what you need today.

  • Tash says:

    Urgent prayer request! Please pray for my husband Johann he is having an affair with a woman at work for 8 months now. Long story short, he was not saved before the affair but was a good, loving husband and father. He turned into a very selfish and vain person. He lies constantly and this woman has a very strong hold on him. This has done so much damage to me and the children, I have an ulcer that is bleeding from stress and lost so much weight. My 11 year old son came across naked pictures she send of herself to my husband. I don’t have enough space to explain everything but this is a terrible situation. Please pray that God intervene quickly and mightily and break this hold she has on him and totally save him. There has been so much damage done because of this: family bonds broken, emotional damage, friendships broken, big financial problems. Alcohol and drug addiction. I beg you please pray for him. And please also pray for me and our children for emotional healing and for myself for my faith. I’m ashamed to admit it, but my faith is very weak at this time because of all of this. Thank you.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

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    What do you need prayer for? Share it here and you will have a host of prayer warriors interceding for you.

  • User says:

    Any Live Prayer Warriors to talk to online/chat rooms in this website?

  • Susan says:


    Thank for posting your request.

    I am glad that you have visited our page. Prayer does work in God’s will and I will certainly pray for your request but before I do I would like to share with you an important Bible truth.

    The key to having our prayers heard by God, is to have any barriers between us and God removed so that there are no obstructions. In Isaiah 59 verse 2 it says “It is your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.” What that means is that all that we have done wrong stands in the way of our prayers being heard. But God has made a way for us to have them wiped away. John 1:12 says that if we believe and receive Jesus Christ then we can become God’s children spiritually and have our sins washed away. Believing means to believe with the mind, trust with your heart and commit with your life to Jesus.

    Have you ever done this Sourabh? If so great, please tell me.

    If you would like to, this how you can do it.

    God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:

    “Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.” In Jesus name amen

    Did you pray this prayer,Sourabh?

    God wants you to. He created us to have a personal relationship with Him. Sourabh, I encourage you to ask God for His will and just obey Him. Allow God’s will be done in your life. Sourabh,

    Before I close, let me pray for you!

    Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that You guide Sourabh and help him to experience Your love and guidance in His life. Draw him closer to You and Lord, let Your will be done in his life. Thank You for hearing our prayers. In Jsu’ name, Amen.


  • Susan says:

    Linda, I’ll be praying for you. Have your read this article? Have you checked if there is anything between you and God which can block to receive answers? I encourage you to check again. He is a God full of mercy and love.

    Father God, Guide Linda and her family. Lord, meet all their needs. Restore things the way You want. Let peace and joy rule in Linda’s life and in her family. Thank You for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  • Susan says:


    I did not understand your comment. But, if you are guilty about something, ask Jesus to forgive you. In 1 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. So, first ask God to forgive you then go to your wife and say sorry to her. Then, take care of her. Let her know that, you care and love for her.

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  • Susan says:

    Mona, I know it is very important to pray for this country and this country’s peace. I’ll keep Syria in my prayers too.

    Mona, I encourage you to check this link

  • Susan says:

    Mapp, I am sorry to hear this. But my friend,if he is ignoring you then why do you go after him? I know it is not easy for you may be, but Mapp, just pray to God and ask God to strengthen you. I encourage you to divert your attention to your hobbies or studies etc..Know that God loves you so much and He cares for you. Trust Him. Let’s pray:

    Father God. Protect this child and help Mapp to focus on You. Fill her with Your peace. Thank You for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    Mapp, I encourage you to check this link.

  • Susan says:

    Mary Jo,

    First of all I wan to apologize for the late response. I was very much with some issues and I thank God for He sorted things.

    Mary, where are you now? are you in the same country? Let us lift your situations in the hands of the Maker of heaven and earth and Mary, allow His plan to fulfill in your life. May be God wants you to leave this place and He wants you to plants to you somewhere else. Whatever may be, He is your everything Mary. He is your everything. Trust Him completely.

    Next where you stay, you mentioned there is no Christian friends. No problem. Technology advanced so much. Internet/you tubes are available for you to get in touch people who can pray and encourage for you. if you subscribe, you can get our devotions. Get spirit filled messages/sermons from google and hear and strengthen yourself. When you crave for God, God will fill you with opportunities to know Him more and when you divert your attention to God, He will handle/meet your needs.

    Let’s pray: Father God, You are created Mary and You know her better than us. Lord, You know her situation and You are a God of love. Lord, You have promised that, You will never leave us. I pray that, You bless Mary and meet all her needs. Lord, help her to experience Your presence in her life. Lord, let her grow in You, know that You are able for everything. Protect Your child and bless her. I thank You for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    Mary, I encourage you to visit this link also.

    Mary, let me know what is happening there.

  • Chris says:

    mary jo macneil…..dear jesus come to mary now and supply her needs. you have a place for her in this world. John 14. let her be where you want her to be, do what you want her to be doing and rejoicing in your perfect plan for her life. you know best for her. let her hear your instructions each day! 1 kings 19. amen

  • Mary Jo MacNeil says:

    I live in a Mus..m country and don’t have Christian friends. Please join me in prayer for my future. I am 58 and lost my job after two major operations. I have been working on a business project for 5 years, to help people in this region and elsewhere. An investor is very positive about it and will get back to me in the next day or so. I have no money and will lose my home and everything I own if I do not get this investment. I have no family to help me and nowhere to go but I will be forced to leave this country in the next few days. I have prayed to God and begged His help. Please join me in praising Him and asking for his grace and favor at this desperate time. Thank you.

  • sourabh verma says:

    guys please pray for me.i want my girlfriend back.she I love her so much even she also but little bit of change attitude because of her family.i want to marry her n se also but girl side family not agree due to intercast because in in india country cast problem is big isuue. she cant marry without her parents permitions even her brother tell her lie against me. that’s why she changed please guys prayer for me to get back my love in my life .I want to marry her .please god convince her parents to our merrige.plese icant leave without her.plese god am begging to you for my love.

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