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).


528 Responses to “Getting Prayers Answered”

  • Guys please pray for me to get my x boyfriend back please I want him soon

  • jeri says:

    Why would God allow my husband of ten years to leave me and go to live together with my neice who also lived with me and she was in a relationship with his oldest son. He divorced me and now I’m starting over at 54 my neice went to church with me every sunday how do I pray that God would bring them to repentance my heart is broken

  • mona says:

    Lord I was in a relationship with a guy for 1 year. Now he is in relationships with sumone else and he is going to marry him.Jesus I want him back in my life again.please help me Jesus

  • Sharon says:

    to faith rose nice name prayer-father God I do pry for a miracle for this couple I pray that you will provide for them financially for the house and protection for their marriage God bring them close to you at this time give them dreams and visions of that you are near and let them feel you near and you are there to be with them at this time and you love them with an everlasting love comfort faith rose from the miscarriage and I pray that you will lead them to jobs for your glory God and I pray for favor for them with employers so they can provide for themselves I pray all of this in JESUS name amen I am praying for you both I feel for you no fun I am sure not having money may God give you a miracle soon. God be with you both from Sharon

  • Faith Rose says:

    God, I simply ask that you please come into my life and take control . I surrender my past , present and future to you . This journey and suffering has been long and weary . It’s been 1 year since my husband and I lost our jobs , I miscarried a child , and sunken in debt in order to get my bills paid , now I’m about to lose my home and marriage . I am lost and need your miraculous favor.

  • jeni says:

    Dear god, forgive me for my sins .I accept my mistakes, I cry out lord ..forgive me..please god give a chance more..god work in his heart,bring him back in my life..bring back my happiness and my love, fill his heart ith love for jesus name I pray.amen

  • Sharon says:

    to Vandana– prayer– father God I pray for this person for this person to accept JESUS and for this person to come back to Vandana so they can marry and for your glory God so they can live together and for you God you know Vandana’s heart desire to have this person back to love and to love this person back I pray for forgiveness and reconciliation too open this person eyes to see on what they are doing and to come back to her I pray all of this in JESUS name amen I am praying for you. from sharon

  • vandana says:

    I was in the relationship with my collegue , he proposed me and I found he was going around with other girls so I let him relaise he is doing wrong but he denied later I caught him and complained against him in my company , tht he should never come up to me again , but I don’t knw why I love him a lot and want him back with his true love, even now we are in same company , please pray such that he should cept jesus as his savior and come back to me with his true love
    in jesus name amen

  • vandana says:

    Me and my bf brokeup …be cause I found him play boy …not honest with me …although he never agree to this even now that he is going around with any1 …We don’t talk to each other I want him.back with his true love also want him to accept jesus as his saviour

  • mimi says:

    Lord help me to open my boyfriend Prince’s heart I love him so much and I didnt do anything wrong to him that can break his heart I cared for him bt all of a sudden, he dumped for no reason and am so hurt my heart is bleeding I need prayers for him to come back and start our new life.please help me with prayers

  • mhairi dunsmore says:

    Me and my ex boyfriend split up because I didn’t pay attention more to my relationship and he got more distant from me when we broke up we was still friends but my feelings and my love for him still remains and he said he wasn’t willing to give me another chance because I messed up my first chance I had with him, lord please if you can hear me please help me get him back forgive my sin and please help me make peace with the world I want to change and I don’t want to be the same person who hurts everybody because it hurts me please lord help me make peace with the world and help me get my second chance back with my ex boyfriend who I love so much please I pray amen

  • anna says:

    I m in relationship with.once my best friend who later became my lover.He distanced himself from me fue to unknown reason.I miss him badly and i truely love him and want him back in my life.plz pray for me

  • Kate says:

    Father, we thank You for Your faithfulness, to listen to the words of our aching hearts and to be with us always, never failing. We yearn to know You more in the midst of every worry and fear and sorrow, may we learn to recognize Your hand of mercy and see Your loving gaze.

  • Glenn says:

    Please pray for my wife healing, she’s having a kidney failure and undergoing dialysis.thanks and god bless.

  • sergio hernandez says:

    Lord i come to u humbly and ask for ur forgiveness on the things i have sinned i know father that i put u aside u never left my side i ask father that u forgive me for taking something that was not from u i knw now that u took something back from me that u gave me 8 years ago father i knw that u are a god of restoration and i knw that u always start what u finish u are a good god father i will always love u no matter what and i will never lose my faith even when things are real hard in my life i knw ur their watchin over us and i knw u wont let nothing happen to us. Father i ask that u soften her heartfather and u give myleen back to me im also sorry if i made her my idol b4 u mylord i knw that i must seek u first and only u god give me the strenght that i need everyday to seek u first lord b4 any1 else.i repent of all my sins and i ask u to have mercy on my soul and and to make me the man u want me to become and make me be like u n ur image father. I also ask that u send angels to myleen father and help her fight the wvil spirits that try and ring her down everyday. I promise u lord that i will seek u first and try to live everyday for u and praise ur name every second of my life please father give her back to me like u did b4 father all i need is one chance father u knw me and u knw how far ive come along i knw that threw u any is possible thats why i come to u humbly father aski g for ur forgiveness and with hipe that u will deliver her back to me i will wait patiently for ur answers father and i will not question u on why things happen the way they do i lnow that i must have faith and patience and knw that u will restore what is mine. Give me the strength to get through my everyday struggle help myleen to understand how u work and allow me to show her how good u are to us father i promise that i will not take something that is not of u and i will strive everyday to find u more and more mylord i live for u and only u lord take the hold that u have on her heart n give her back to me lord in jesus name i pray amen.

  • vandana says:

    Me and my bf brokeup …be cause I found him play boy …not honest with me …although he never agree to this even now that he is going around with any1 …We don’t talk to each other I want him.back with his true love also want him to accept jesus

  • mrm says:

    Lord let your will be done in my relationship life. We want to settle down but for financial reasons we can’t. Father you are the great provider. Please provide for us financially and let your will be done as well so that everyone one wuld stock mocking us but wuld rather come and celebrate with us.
    Thank you Lord for answered prayers.

  • Ru says:

    Dear God
    I thank you for al the things you have done in my
    life. I thank you for always protecting me against
    all evil that has been thrown my way. Father God i
    thank you for giving me a second chance to life as
    i would have been dead on that faitful night of 27
    April 2015.
    Father God it has been almost 3 years now that me
    and my ex arnt together anymore he is my
    daughers father and he is the ONE i love. Father
    God i admit in the past i havent been good to him
    and so was he not towards me. The devil took over
    because he saw what a great copoule we are and
    how perfect we would be in the future and so he
    made everything in his power to break us up and
    he suceeded Father because we were weak and
    young and we didnt invite you in our relationship.
    Father God in heaven i ask for forgiveness in
    everything i have done wrong during our split i
    have dated someone else but i realised i canot love
    another I ONLY WANT MY EX BACK! Father God he
    is with someone else but you know what is going on
    there so i cut all ties that stand in our way of
    reconciling. God i have seeked help at prophets but
    i get diffrent answers so i decided not to seek
    theyre prayers and advicers..becoz i wil read and
    belive what you have writen for me in the bible and
    i belive the same way you speak to prophets you wil
    answer my prayers. God nothing is imposible for
    you and yes i admit sometymz i feel helples and
    hopeles but i wil find strength in you. i have faith
    in you God. I admit im not perfect but i have
    grown and i know now how to take beter care of
    him and how to act like a women. God i want us to
    be a family again his daughter mises him I miss
    him,,God when he returns i want us to get maried
    and be a family in Christ,,when you return him
    Father God i promise to love and respect him i
    promise to be humble for hm like a women should i
    promise to be patient i promise to always be ther
    for him. above al i promise to invite you into our
    relationshp, please bring him tailor made by you.
    Thank you Father for hearing my pray in Jesus
    Mighty name i pray Amen and Amen

  • Jaspher says:

    Me and my girlfriend split up and she is the love of my life! I pray to God everyday that he brings her back into my life! I want to spend the rest of my life loving her and honoring her!


    I pray that my husband mom will please leave me alone and let myself and my family have our own life, I’m not asking for my husband to stop loving her she is mean and evil and is always trying to separate us I pray Lord for protection from her and for blocks in her path of destruction in our life, we were happy before this, lord I love you .

  • Sharon says:

    to Girsch– prayer–father God I pray for this relationship and the unborn child God you know the heart of Girsch God you know he is desperate for you send other Christians along his path to encourage her and for this girlfriend I do pray for a second chance for them I pray for the outside influence I pray open her eyes to see on what she is doing God I pray for thus girlfriend send Christians along her path to encourage her and to put he on the right path with you for your glory God I pray all of this in JESUS name amen. from sharon

  • Girsch says:

    My girlfriend and I found out we were pregnant nearly 2 weeks ago.
    For a while I had been feeling desperate for a life of sincerity with God, but, when I admitted it on our prayer group it infuriated her as she thought I was being insincere and only trying to save face with the members when the pregnancy eventually came out. I even suggested that we go together to the leaders so they could pray for us. She was unwilling.

    She has since broken off the relationship and brought up a host of past disagreements in support of her decision.
    She does not want to see or speak to me and said that this time she wants me out of her life for good.
    I pray that God will guide her in the knowledge that a child needs both its parents and a family.
    I have wronged her in many ways but have never been unfaithful.
    Please pray with me that God will work in her heart, soften it, and reconcile us to be the happy family we both once wished for.

    She, herself comes from a broken home and on many occasions told me that she wanted to do right by her children one day.

    At the moment, I believe, there are outside influences also encouraging her not to give the relationship another chance.
    But this time there is an unborn child involved and I am desperate before God.

  • Sharon says:

    to RS– prayer–father God I do pray for LBJ for your healing hand over LBJ from bipolar nothing is impossible with you God you are the great physician and I pray for reconciliation for both and for RS I pray that RS will be able to come home again soon and I pray for LBJ to see on what this person did to RS and for reconciliation together again soon I pray for a miracle for this couple I pray all of this in JESUS name amen I am praying for you both. from sharon

  • r.s. says:

    Lord I come to u on behalf of my relationship with lbj thank you for reconcile our relationship but in the time we were separated he was drugged now he is biopolar and put me out for no reason please help him in Jesus name amen

  • Sharon says:

    To RS– my deepest apologies for misunderstanding you. prayer for you and LBJ father God I pray for RS and this relationship with LBJ I pray for reconciliation and forgiveness and for this relationship to get back together again you love them with an everlasting love I pray all of this in JESUS name amen I am praying for you to Jerry I am praying for you prayer–father God I pray for this couple for him and his girlfriend I pray for back together again I pray for forgiveness and reconciliation I pray all of this in JESUS name amen I am praying for you all too from Sharon

  • r.s. says:

    I dont know jerry but I pray that him and his girlfriend get back together in Jesus name amen

  • r.s. says:

    Sharon u misunderstood I seen someone by the name jerry post his prayer noone responded then I posted mine noone responded I donnt know him im praying for my boyfriend l.b.j and I to restore and reunitewith each other in Jesus name. Amen

  • Sharon says:

    to Rhonda and jerry– prayer–father God I pray for this couple to be reunited with each other I pray for forgiveness and reconciliation for them and what ever has to happen to be back together I pray for them to be back together again you created marriage I know are girlfriend and boy friend but have you both considered counseling and marriage just wondering. I am praying for you both. God loves you both with an everlasting love.– from Sharon

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