This is the question upper most on the minds of people who are praying for the first time. This is also the question on the minds of people who have never had their prayers answered. The answer to the question is a big YES. The questions that can arise next for many people is Does God answer all prayers? The answer for this is No. There are various reasons for the answers to our prayers and also reasons for the prayers that go without an answer.
God does answer almost all our prayers, but some prayers he answers immediately, but there are prayers that he takes time to answer. There may be prayers that he does not answer too. God answers prayers that he thinks should be answered immediately. God answers some prayers after a delay if he wants to see how the person who prayed reacts. God does not answer some prayers if the prayer is not asked for the good of his people. For example, just imagine a person who is evil at heart prays for the downfall of a person, who is very close to God, it is very obvious that God will never answer such a prayer.
Faith is required in Prayer and through Jesus’ Name
Prayer is also answered only if the person who prays has faith that God will answer the prayer. Anyone can pray, but the prayer will not be answered unless the person who is praying believes in the true God and prays with faith that God will answer the prayer. In fact Jesus tells his disciples that if a person has faith just as small as a mustard seed, then what the person is asking will be heard by God and answered.
In II Chronicles 7: 14 God says that ,‘If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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 will heal their land.’.
In Jeremiah 29:13, God says ‘ And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.’
Matthew 21; 22 says “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
John 16:23, In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
In Psalm 34 :17, the Psalmist says that ‘ the righteous cry out and the Lord hears them, he delivers them from all their troubles’. So these are all references from the Bible that say that God answers prayers. The only catch in all of them is that God does not answer prayers of everyone.
Each person should have certain qualities that are very important for God to answer prayer. These include Faith, obedience, righteousness, humbleness, wholeheartedness. When a person is having these qualities, then the persons answers will surely be answered by God.
In fact in the New Testament too, we have been promised of Gods answers to our prayers. In James 5:16, it is said ‘Therefore, make it your habit to confess your sins to one another and to pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.’ So when a righteous person prays a prayer is more effective. There are many other references in the Bible about when God will answer our prayer and when he will not answer our prayers.
God sometimes answers prayers of those who are not righteous too, but only when they are asking forgiveness for their unrighteousness and want God to change them into a new person who is after Gods word.
We may think that we are perfect, but when we have one of the following characters in us, then our prayers may not be answered. These include sinfulness in deed or thought, going against Gods laws and when we are not following the word of God. If our prayers are not answered, we have to rethink as to where we stand in our relationship with God and have to change ourselves so that we are transformed for God to answer our prayers.
We should also remember to pray how Jesus taught us to pray by submitting ourselves to the will of God for our prayers to be answered. So though God is ready and willing to answer all our prayers, it is we who are unwilling to change ourselves in tune with Gods commandments for him to acknowledge and answer our prayers.
Below are few more verses on prayer:
Matthew 7:7-8Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Matthew 21:22If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
Isaiah 30:19O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you
1 John 5:14-15This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
Jeremiah 29:12Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Isaiah 65:24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.
Job 22:27 You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.
John 16:23-24 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
John 14:13-14 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
Psalm50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
Isaiah 58:9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I…
Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
Psalm 91:15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
Psalm 65:2 O you who hear prayer, to you all men will come.
Matthew 7:11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Psalm 34:17The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
Psalm 55:17 Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.
Psalm1 45:18-19 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
Matthew 6:8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
1 John 3:22 And receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.
Zechariah 13:9 This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’
Jeremiah 33:3‘ Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
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Additional Resources on Prayer:
|The Power of a Praying LifeBy Stormie Omartian / Harvest House PublishersThe Power of a Praying Life shows readers how to approach God with confidence and helps them understand how they can make their life work through the power of a prayer filled life. In just 30 short chapters Stormie Omartian uses Scripture and personal transparency to guide you toward a path of guilt free living and a life-changing faith in God. Paperback.|
|Liberating Prayer: Finding Freedom by Connecting with GodBy Neil T. Anderson / Harvest House PublishersIf prayer is so important, why is it so difficult? Beginning with this basic question, Anderson encourages Christians to move beyond ritual and pursue a relationship with God. Discover how sharing your struggles, giving thanks, and interceding for others can free you to walk in the Spirit. Based on material from Praying by the Power of the Holy Spirit.|