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).


489 Responses to “Getting Prayers Answered”

  • Chris says:

    Adedayo Salawu…jesus help our friend with their studies. as they put your first in their day and life, your plans will come to pass for them amen!

  • Adedayo Salawu says:

    m in my 4th year of a 5years course and there are these 2courses that I’m really afraid of, I missed a class test unfortunately but I’m going to study very hard for the forth coming exam in a few Days, please pray for me concerning the two courses as failing them would make me have an extra semester in school which I don’t pray for. Thanks

  • Sharon says:

    to RS — prayer– I agree with in prayer that you prayed I too pray for reconciliation with LBJ and forgiveness and for you to come home and be reunited with LBJ God you know RS heart desire I pray for a miracle in tis situation I pray all of this in JESUS name amen. I am praying for you both from Sharon

  • r.s. says:

    Is anyone gonna pray and agree with me

  • r.s. says:

    Our father who art in heaven give us dis day our daily bread and forgive us our trespass es as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from all heavenly father I am praying for the reconcile of my relationship with lbj Father u did it before our only problem was we stopped prayer and im sorry but im believing that I will go home and reconcile with lbj and keep u in the midst I believe cuz in your word u said anything I adk in your name having faith will receive besides God nothing is impossible for u u perform miracled u made a blind man see u can change my situation u knowy hearts desires and im believing as I trust your word in Jesus name amen

  • Aldo says:

    Ying, allow me to pray for you.

    Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love for Ying. A love so great it is unfathomable. Help him to grasp the magnitude of that love. Help him to comprehend the sacrifice You made for him in sending Your Son Jesus Christ to suffer and die for his sins, and the sins of all mankind. Lord, I ask that You would move on behalf of Ying and his loved one. You know all about them, and You want the very best for them. Lord, bring that about according to Your Word, in Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

  • Ying says:

    Please pray for me and the love

  • Chris says:

    brad…sorry to hear you are struggling…we can trust isaiah 43.4 for the righ people in our lives. habakkuk 2 invites us to wait on the visión God has for our lives. as you stay in prayer about this, jesus will either confirm this as his will and to wait on him for it, or to let her go and he will have someone else for you. either way you cant lose! have some godly men pray over you. their spiritual strength will help you to have your own. blessings!!

  • r.s. says:

    Thanks Sharon

  • Sharon says:

    to RS– prayer–father God I do pray for rs and the relationship of lbj and for restoration I pray for a healing and reconciliation in this relationship be with both and for rs to come home to lbj I pray all of this in JESUS name amen I am praying for you both I feel for you no fun I am sure God be with you at this time. from Sharon

  • r.s. says:

    Waiting for someone to pray in agreement for me and my boyfriend lbj to restore our relationship and I go back home with him

  • Brad says:

    Im in love with someone, who may just want to be friends, she suffers from pain and financisl burdens..she needs surgery , I feel God brought her into my life for a reason! I cant help it I fell for her, I have prayed about it to move forward and at moments I feel like it does but then the next time I feel like its just a friend on her part. We are so much alike, I feel we are perfect fot each other and after a divorce and so many years of being lonely, I have kept a single life in hopes of finding that one special person and then one day this girl popped into my life and All I want is to take care of her and give her a happpy life she deserves and to be loved by her..we are a ways apart and I feel like my insides are being tortured!

  • r.s. says:

    Lord please restore lbj and I relationship please bless me to go back home in jesus name

  • r.s. says:

    Lord please restore lbj and I relationship please bless me to go back home

  • r.s. says:

    Lord please touch my ex boyfriend lbj call and tell me to come home when it get tuff we suppose to fight. Lord I surrender

  • Chris says:

    mart…sorry to hear of your struggles….we know that in christ, God has a plan for our lives that if we will yield to, our days can be blessed by walking in the perfect will of God. God has a calling from heaven for us as to where he would want us to work, whom he would have us to marry and what church and church friends he would have us to involve ourselves with. all that lacks is our willingness to present our lives as romans 12.1 to 3 says, on the alter of his service and sacrifice in love for him. i invite you to log onto or click talk to a mentor above so you can begin living Gods will and plan for your life today. that way you wont have to be in the dark about life but have the light of christ guiding you every step of the way. blessings!!

  • Mart says:

    Please help me I got a letter of rejection for a dream job my ex I still love my child doesn’t love me. I have no friends please pray for me God doesn’t love me or why would God do all of this

  • Kathryn Kathryn says:

    Wayne, Life is so complicated at times. We know what the Bible tells us and we also know that the Holy Spirit guides us but at times, we still feel at a loss with the things that happen in our lives. I was moved by your desire to see your ex wife healed physically and spiritually. I am wondering though why you say you had to divorce her…. I have to say that I experience many unanswered prayers in my own life and in the lives of those whom I care for. Truthfully, everybody does at times and it is hard, so very hard. However, God is sovereign and our joy comes from knowing that He knows us and He knows the way that we should go. That comforts me and I trust it will comfort you as you long to see her saved. Blessings and may His peace fill your heart today and always.

  • Chris says:

    Wayne…as you have prayed, so do i….jesus come and save this dear lost woman!

  • Wayne says:

    I’m praying for marriage reconciliation. My wife left in November 2013, moved right in with another addict, and I had to divorce her. I still miss her, and desire her return. There is a warrant for her arrest now for theft, and she’s about to go to jail. I praying for her healing and change.

  • Chris says:

    dinise…i pray as you seek jesus kingdom first that all other things be added unto you! in jesus name amen…Matthew 6.33

  • Dinise says:

    Please pray for me to find a husband

  • Chris says:

    sudha…jesus bless our dear sister in her faith with you. helping her to keep her eyes on you and in your words so you can direct her life before you amen!
    prov 3.5 to 6, hebrews 12…

  • Sudha says:

    Please pray for me to conceive a baby, be a mother of healthy child very soon and receive love and affection from my husband.

  • Chris says:

    ron…i lift up your financial needs to jesus now asking that he fill your storehouses with his plenty as you lean on his faithfulness and are faithful in the small things, may the lord increase his abundance in your life according to psalm 84 and John 10.10. amen!

  • Ron says:

    Please pray that I find a job soon. I was just told that unless I improve I will lose the part time job, the only one I have.
    Thank you and God Bless.

  • Chris says:

    delphine…thanking jesus on your behalf that he has already carried all of your curses upon himself at calvary. galatians 3.10 to 13. enjoy jesus today!!

  • Delphine says:

    Please pray for me so the the debt i owe will be cancelled and my marriage restore. Also prayer that God fill me with his spirit to forgive those who have hurt me.I feel that i have forgiven them but when i see them what they did come fresh into my mind. ireally want to get things off my mind so i can be able to forgive them.Also that God should break that generational curse and ancestrial curse that is tying down my progress.

  • Chris says:

    Marie…i regret to hear of your struggles. i encourage you with the victory promises of numbers 23.23, proverbs 26.2, luke 10.19, ephesians 1 to 3, colossians 2.14 to 17, 1 peter 5.8 to 10, james 4.7 to 8, revelation 12.9 to 11. there you will see the absolute dominion jesus has given us over all the power of the enemy. ephesians 6. i would be glad to check on a church for you. just give me your city and state. blessings for you today from jesus christ!

  • Marie says:

    I need help, i dont know what to do, it’s been nine years and i’ve talked to some other people and they said that i have something powerful working against me and my family and i dont have a church or support system that can help.

  • Chris says:

    cheryl….your comment about being treated like cinderella was interesting and confusing at the same time. could you share more along those lines. i believe we can clear up a possible misunderstanding you are having about knowing and understanding gods will. blessings!

  • Tracie says:

    Please pray God can send us a financiL blessing soon. Husband not worked due to disibility.

  • Cheryl says:

    Please pray for me that I find a place to live soon. I live with my daughters aunt and grandmother and I am stressed out all the time because I feel like I’m being treated like Cinderella (both me and my daughter). I need to move but don’t have the finance to do so. Please pray for me. Thank you and God bless you.

  • Chris says:

    lupe…i pray jesus open the doors of opportunity for you today! revelation 3. 7 to 8

  • Lupe says:

    Please pray for me to find a job soon. Thank you and God bless.

  • Lupe says:

    Please pray for me to find a job soon..I’m having financial problems. Thank you and God bless.

  • Chris says:

    anonymous…i pray for you today that all of the riches of christ be yours with the knowledge of how to walk in them in jesus name amen

    colossians 2

  • Anonymous says:

    Pray for me. God knows.

  • Chris says:

    kevin…i regret to hear of your struggles with Gods faithfulness. having been a Christian now myself for 40 years, i have seen Gods hand move in my life so many times, healing my body, my finances, giving me strength to live in a foreign country, to love my wife who is so different from me, jesus truly does answer but he only answers those who want him to, who have entered into covenant with him through his holy blood shed on our behalf. revelation 22.17 to 18 is clear, all who will, may come to drink of the living waters. all who enter into covenant with christ. God cannot forcé anyone to admit they have sinned and receive their forgiveness but that is why their prayers are blocked according to isaiah 59.1 to 2. i pray you log onto or click talk to a mentor above today so you too can enter into covenant with jesus christ and all of his covenant promises. blessings!

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