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).


690 Responses to “Getting Prayers Answered”

  • Thank you pastor,pray for me,i could not stand spiritual life,i am always talking lies.

  • krista says:

    Lord I pray for the Job opportunity I hold dearly in my heart. It will allow me comfort which will also allow me to provide love and encouragement to others around me. Greatness will blossom from this job I am passionate about.

  • Sofia says:

    Please join me in my prayer, my short testomoney 2013 God blessed me with wonder full hasband trough Christian mingle dating we sight. I am very blessed and very happy with my husband thank God for that all blessing come from him, but one thing missing in our life, I am always pray to have my own kids since I was a child and we have been tryied to have children almost 2 years , and we both read to start our family, thank you for you prayer, God bless.

  • Bob says:

    I can personally attest to the greatness and reality of the power of prayer!
    I used to be like most people,had little faith and thought life was punishing me so I was never happy,I had given up almost completely so praying was the furthest thing from my mind whenever I had problems.then suddenly one day I found myself in a very low place,very little mattered to me,even my own existence seem pointless,then you through some form of greatness I found myself looking on the web and reading about prayer,this was on of the first websites I came across and after reading for a while I was filled with renewed hope!I became more intruiged with reading about prayers then I learned that GOD actually loves me in spite of all my past sins and that all I had to do was talk to him,I began talking to him from that first day and everyday after,I started feeling much more alive than I have ever been,I prayed to GOD every chance I got and I cannot express in words how happy I was when my prayer was answered.Since such a miracle happened for me at a time where I thought all was lost but through GOD’s love and compassion I promised him that I will serve him eternally and talk with him daily.
    I felt compelled to share this because I believe I was directed to this website and what I read brought me closer to God than I have ever been in my entire life,and if it can help even one more person then it is worth it.

    Thank you for reading and thank you for this website which helped me on my path toward righteousness.

  • Deby says:

    Am believing and trusting God my Father for a job, i have applied for one just now and am completely certain and confident that is mine in Jesus name. My God ia able to do more than i can imagine. Thank you Jesus for that job and the more wonderful things you are going to do in my life this year. I completely trust in you Lord. Am gona follow the above.

  • Chris says:

    johnson…. thanks for posting…the true gift of prophesy we find in 1 corinthians 12 and mentioned in 1 corinthians 14.3 is for exhortation, edification and comfort to the body of christ, not to be used as a means of telling people Gods will for their lives as many as wrongly using that gift for so please be aware of that. jesus expects each of us as his sheep to seek him personally about his will in our lives according to john 10 and not trust in man for that. jeremiah 17. praying jesus lead you in his perfect plan for your life and that he fills you will all the wonderful and good things of his spirit as you apply them according to the bible which is his will for you, in jesus name amen!

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