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).


746 Responses to “Getting Prayers Answered”

  • Sharon says:

    to mani kumar rai prayer–father God I do pray for good health and a good job lead this person to a good job for your glory God and I pray also for a sponsor and a peace that passes all understanding and a happy family a prosperous life be with this person I pray all of this in JESUS name amen I am praying for you. sharon

  • Mani Kumar Rai says:

    Dear PTC,pls pray my good health,good job
    In abroad and Sponcer,peace in mind,my happy family,prosperous life,etc.

  • Allison says:

    God hears you, he’s going to answer in his time. Continue to pray, and remember… Without Faith it’s impossible to please God, which means, nothing else can please God , if you don’t have Faith.

  • Allison says:

    I love this , this was very helpful.
    God Bless You!!!

  • Miriam says:

    Please help me to pray that my problem will be solve.

    And I want to be a successful business woman soon with Gods Blessings.

  • Jan says:

    Please pray for me to receive a financial blessing. I am so afraid of losing everything. I only have 10 dollars until I get paid June 3rd. When I do get paid my account is already overdrawn. Help me. I ask in Jesus name Amen.

  • francis says:

    please pray for a buyer for my house about to foreclose. my family needs to be uplifted from a tragedy i caused more or less. i am contrite loving my kids and generous as attacher in a poor area. please lord jesus help and finally answer my prayer for a buyer today? i have been appealing to you for a year and am ruined at the moment for this unanswered prayer. help me lord

  • Alfred says:

    From the most recent: Jackson, hello to you also; we are here, and I am a mentor for this site. If you have a question, comment or request, please feel free to let us know. We pray for the Holly Spirit to lead as we make our reply. Sherry, you are trying but feeling that God is not answering. Well, have you thought through the 8 conditions listed above? If so, then I will suggest that you spend time thanking God for who He is and for what He does. No requests, just thanks and praise! Then when you feel that God is with you, ask whether what you want is in His plan for you. HE has a plan for your life, and has your best interest at heart, so what He’s got in plan for you is very good. Are you catching on, that it is not so much our asking as it is our recognizing what is best from His vantage point? Psalm 46:10 reads: “Be still, and know that I am God” Let me know how this new approach works.
    Now to Moffat: Yes, when God assists in you business, it should be a blessing to you as well as to all customers and others that are in some way involved. As I said to Sherri, it is not a “twisting of God’s arm”, but a matter of us tuning into what HE has for us. A very important part of the Christian life is getting off the throne from which all that we know is controlled, and letting the Holy Spirit sit up there. Then He can guide us into ways that are a blessing for all concerned! I have had some difficulty in doing that; and most people do. Yet it is extremely important to let go of our (selfish) desires and allow God to set priorities and goals for us. When we are able to put God first, and ask Him to help us see His plan for us, we’ll experience great joy, peace and love! Look again at point 4, and ask God what He wants you to do. Obedience to His direction may be the key your success.

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  • Sherri says:

    I want my prayers to be answered.I want to have faith.It is sometimes hard.Something stands in my way.A distraction that seems overbearing,maybe a bad thought, and I think unrecognizable unwanted doubt maybe more things I find it hard to say.How do I get it right when it comes to prayer?

  • i would god to assit on my buisnees

  • Aldo says:

    To all those who have been in an unwed relationship for whatever amount of time, and which have been “broken-off” for whatever reason, I suggest that you read Tom’s comments to Sonu below.

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