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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416 Responses to “Getting Prayers Answered”

  • Peter & Natalie says:

    Mum & I are true born again Christians from Australia in the city of Melbourne Victoria that love Jesus & have lived in complete isolation for over 8yrs now. We don’t have any family or friends. We have been calling so many different Christian churches in our area as well as other areas in Melbourne in regards to supporting my bedridden mum with her illness as well as I having contacted different Mission Organisations in giving us support & they the so called Christians made so many petty excuses that their church was too far to come & help us & they only help their own flock. Mum & I tried reaching out to them & wanting to become a part of them, but they wouldn’t hear if it.

    Mum & I can’t take their abuse, lies, false doctrines, & sociopathic behaviours of these so called Aussie Melbourne Christians. Mum & I are all alone on this Earth, even though we have one on one with God, but it’s not enough without the support of our brothers & sisters in Christ!! Where are they? My mum as well as myself are trying so hard in memorising our bible scriptures…Our mobile phone never rings…After we beg those Christian churches to give us support in helping us with the bible as well as supporting mu bedridden mum about her health, but But get this, their excuse is always the same”They are 2 busy!” You want to blame me & my mum for staying away from a pit if vipers…Tell you what, mum & I live in the Belt Buckle of the Bible Belt…

    Not the liberal relative thinking that they say it means let him die. Our only prayer now is”God show mum & I one true Australian believers that knows you” And doesn’t lie like a drunk drinks. Mum & I need a place to belong with fellow Christians here in Australia/Melbourne…But until there are true genuine born again Melbournian believers that truly love God & their brother & sister & also Worship God of the Bible, & not verbal a empty Platitudes with Schizophrenic derision of everything good….

    Mum & I read our Bible, as well as we separately spend time alone with God on our own rooms, we both don’t need these so self rationalising abuse from the so worldly Australian so called Christians.

    Kind regards,
    Peter & Natalie Capaldi

  • Chris Chris says:

    patrice…we lift you up to jesus now to let you know that his love for you will always be with you. whatever circumstances confront us, jesus shows us the way to stay in the spirit and deal with them. we have an adversary, satan, who tries to wreck havoc but jesus has defeated him at the cross. col 2.14 to 17. rise up now, use the name of jesus and declare the victory over this storm. soon it will pass in jesus name amen!

  • patrice says:

    I have all types of persucutions that came my way recently in this month. I’ve had deaths in my family recently and my brother and one of my close cousin got into a real bad car accident.People I thought that were my friends wasn’t. They turn their backs on me and hurt me for no apparent reason. Yesterday a friend of mine fell down and hurt her self really bad. Also, in one week i lost both of my jobs. I need alot of prayer, please pray for me. Im trying to built my relationship with God. And im trying to forgive all the ppl who hurt me.

  • Shelley Shelley says:

    Dear Father God.

    lord I lift up my friend to You at this time in there life, that You will answer there request if this person is right for them to be together under Your leadership, in Jesus name Amen

  • dc says:

    Please pray for me…its been almost 2 ,months… angie doesnt even answer her phone or reply to my text messages…she sudendly grow cold on me..please help me win her back…i really like her…infact i want to marry her next her…please pray for me…my intention is pure…my feeling are real.. in Jesus Name I pray, amen.
    i always pray in the morning i hope i could win her back with your help.

  • Trish Hicks Trish Hicks says:

    the only way i know of to respond here.Is to just point out here to get prayers, answered i mean by no means am i a pro at prayer.However i have learned and it has been hugely stressed to me,that he pointers mentioned above is the right way to go about to make sure all prayers,are answerd. However there is also one thing about the answering of prayers,i don’t see mentioned here at all.And that is when God is silent and one does not get an answer quickly,i know many of us panick (did God hear me?) As long as you have repented,have no aught against,no unforgiveness in ones heart and are in right standing,meaning you have the faith that he God will indeed answer the prayer.However often will answer in his own time firstly…….not always will he say yes very often we get answers we may not like nor want to accept.It could be yes or no,but also there is a time he just maybe silent almost as if he said I’ll think about it but i tend to doubt that is his thought. Depending on what is prayed for he may wait a while see how persistant you might be,how faithful you might be to show how much you may want whatever it is you prayed for. He will do things all these different scenarios so it is just something to keep at the back of your minds. God does everything in his own timing,his own way.But one thing we need to keep in mind,he never breaks a promise,and his word will never come back void.

    I hope this can shed some light on someones req here.
    May God bless
    Trish

  • Aldo Aldo says:

    Kanamah, it’s been said that you draw close to those you pray to, those you pray for, and those you pray with.

    One of the best ways to influence those who are harassing you (your enemies) is to impact their lives to be your allies (friends). The best way to do that is through prayer.

    More likely than not, the Lord has had you where you are for that specific reason. Just imagine what the Lord could have brought about if you had been praying for your neighbors for the past 20 years. But, it’s never to late.

    Matthew 5:44-45, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”

    Father God, I pray that You would bring about a resolution to the problem that Kanamah is having with her neighbors. Use her Lord, to impact their lives with the love of Jesus. Grant her the knowledge to know what to do regarding them, and the wisdom of the Lord to put that knowledge into practice, in Jesus Name I pray, amen.

  • KANAMAH ORME says:

    I SHALL BE THANKFUL IF YOU CAN PRAY THAT MY NEIGHBOURS WILL STOP IRRITATING AND HARASSING ME AS IT AFFECTS ME BADLY. I NEED GOD’S INTERVENTION AND I PRAY THAT THEY WILL MOVE OUT OF THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD AS THEY ARE A STRONGHOLD HERE. THEY ALSO DISTURB ME EACH TIME I GO OUT OF MY HOUSE AND COME IN AND I HAVE TOLERATED THIS HARASSMENT FOR 20 YEARS! I NEED THE PEACE, AND STRENGTH OF THE LORD AS I NEED TO PRAY AND BE AT PEACE IN MY OWN HOME. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS

  • Shelley Shelley says:

    May the Lord our God bless you both, as you seek His grace. In Jesus name Amen

  • daisy says:

    I pray that my loved one Harry commits his heart to our God. I pray that the Lord may lead him my loved one in His path along with His angels, His Light and His Word. I pray that Harry will seek our Lord God and repent of his sins. I ask God to remove EVERY EVIL thing from my loved one`s mind, heart and path, and I also ask God to make him clean, please. May our Lord give my loved one the faith, Spirit and STRENGTH that will help him resist every evil thing and temptation. May our Lord, please, take all the darkness, doubt, immoralities, addictions, egos, jealousies, criticisms, swearing, evil installations, ill-wishes, unlawfulness and evil friendships out of Harry`s mind, heart and path.
    Lord, I trust Harry into Your hands and please help him walk on Your path. Show him the Light [Yours] that he needs and make him realise that he needs You, please. Open his heart and his eyes to You.
    Be Harry`s salvation and protection, please. Dont let him rush into relationships, and please give him the patience he needs to wait on You!
    I ask all this in Jesus` name.
    Thank you. Amen.

  • Natalie says:

    Lord I surrender to you. Plz forgive me of all my sins against you & make me whole, I have forgiven the people who have wronged me & I pray you help them & guide them to your truth. If I left out any other sin Lord I ask you to plz forgive me & erase it now from my life as I’m sick of being doubtful within myself Lord. I need DELIVERANCE from you Lord & 4 you to make me the person you want me 2 be. My son has been waiting for a job for over 15yrs Lord & I know you will grant him his job in your timing Lord, but I’m getting very impatient about this situation Lord but you are Lord & know all these things & this is why I leave it in your hands Lord. I thank you for you healing me with my Constipation. I know that in your timing I will be healed. Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross to save me from my sins as I have repented 2 you & will continue to repent as I admit am a SINNER & not perfect. This is why today I come to you to rededicate my life to you Lord. Thank you. 4 forgiving my sins & you acknowledging that I have forgiven the people that gave wronged me & left those burdens for you to take care of as I don’t want to carry anymore baggage ever!! Thank you my Heavenly Father once again 4 forgiving me, healing me & hopefully giving my son his job which by faith it will be granted.

  • 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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