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).


619 Responses to “Getting Prayers Answered”

  • Morris says:

    I would kindly pray that may all of us have faith irregardless of the amount of it.
    Brethren, note without faith, no matter how hard we pray we dont please God. And this faith we get it from hearing his words. I believe loving reading Gods words, having confidence that he hears us and having assurance in his promises is enough to guarantee our breakthrough. I pray may all of your prayer needs be met in Jesus Name.

  • Ericka says:

    I pray n have faith my lord will have my ex call me tonight or text so we work out are miscommunication.I speak for financial needs to be met. And I speak for me to pass county test to be permanent on job. I speak out loud and in faith for all to happen

  • Jolly says:

    I am unemployed accountant and I have received an email for a phone interview tomorrow. I pray for God to forgive my trespasses and open doors for me to be hired by this company. I am praying for God’s guidance and protection during the interview process, so that I can be hired. Thank God, Amen.

  • Annir says:

    In Jesus name, I pray for financial blessings, we live just on my social security disability which is not enough for food and bills.including taxes or house insurance

  • Cyn says:

    I pray that God helps me get a well paying job after I graduate so I can provide for my kids.

  • Val says:

    I pray to the Lord that he will help me re-home all my doggies to loving homes. Please Lord help me that. Thank you.

  • Gene says:

    Lord please forgive me of my sins help me to make it through school and find a new love tired of being lonely a female. Please amen. Gene

  • SUDUVO says:

    I pray that GOD will help me buy a cycle, this prayer may seems to be silly but I am very much interested in cycling and want to have it,
    I have in GOD that he will answer my prayer if it is not going to affect my relationship with him.

  • SL says:

    I pray that my ex boyfriend and i can reconnect. It has been 32 days. I believe he is my true love and that our relationship was pleasing to the Lord. I would do anything for one final chance. I would be forever grateful and i would be able to focus more on stengthening other areas of my life through Christ. I have faith that in time God will make this happen. I just need to learn to be more patient and remember my faith is greater than my fears. Amen

  • Susan says:


    God’s nature itself is love. He is ready to forgive and forgets but He want us to walk and live the way He want. He loves you, you are precious to Him. Regarding to your relation, I encourage you to obey God, pray about it. God want us to obey Him for everything. His ways are not our ways.

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  • ajay says:

    God forgive me for all the bad decisions I made I want to be a better person and get my lovely princesses back.. I hurt her feelings so bad and I feel that I can’t move on without him.. Please god I hope you hear my prayes and give me a sign

  • Susan says:


    Jesus loves you so much, He care for you,you are His precious child, you are very valuable to Him. But remember, HIs ways are not our ways. Keep trusting Him.

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  • Susan says:


    Praise God! Thank you so much for sharing your testimony with us.

  • Susan says:


    Sorry for the delay. I’ll be praying for you. NR, I encourage you to commit this relation into the hands of God and ask Him to guide you. Allow God to decide for you. God loves you and He care for you NR.

    Father God,

    I commit NR into Your hand. Lord, guide Your child; help her to not to hurry for things and help her to trust in You. Thank You for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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  • Lenny Sarro says:

    Please need your prayers as go threw this coming week. I have to go to court. Need prayers for me and my lawyer. I am not a bad person. Please thank you Dear Lord

  • Ntando says:

    hi guys?help me to pray for my boyfriend its a year now he is not talking about marriege and he always told me that if his mother agreed he will marry me,if she refuse he will not,in the name of Jesus i love him and i dont want to change another man..i bealive in God and your prayers that 1 day i will be happy with my man Amen

  • lucy lethetsa says:

    Dear god help me to get my ex boy friend back in jesus name amen

  • Chris says:

    mahi…so glad you are interested in having a personal relationship with jesus! to do so you can log onto or simply click talk to a mentor above. jesus died for everyone. he is waiting for you now!

  • NR says:

    God forgive me for all the bad decisions I made I want to be a better person and get my ex bf back.. He hurt my feelings so bad and I feel that I can’t move on without him.. Please god I hope you hear my prayes and give me a sign

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