HOW TO GET GOD TO ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS (PART 1)
You must know that God is in the prayer answering business, and if He answered prayers in the past He certainly will answer yours today. The most important thing is learning how to approach God in a way that is going to get God’s attention, so that your prayer petition will be received and answered by God.
The one thing that you must clearly understand is this, “there are conditions.” First you must learn to approach God HIS way, not your own. You need to know how to pray—when—how often—where—and what to pray for. The answers are in God’s Word.
Let us look at some of the conditions to answered prayer. The following is not an exhaustive list; this is just an introduction to get you to the point of learning the importance of prayer in your life.
Why, Because “he who comes to God must BELIEVE that He is”—that God exists—“and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (same verse). If you want God to answer your prayers, you must first believe that He exists and that He will hear you. That takes faith.
James added, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man thinks that he shall receive any thing of the Lord” (James. 1:6-7).
But what is faith? Here is the Bible’s definition: “…faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). Faith is your PROOF that God will deliver His promises—it is your GUARANTEE that He will come through for you.
However, you must also meet other conditions.
Be diligent: When do most people pray when they are sick and suffering and want to be healed, when they are in need of financial help and need to find a job, etc.), they ask God once, maybe twice, and then give up.
Nevertheless, Christ said, “ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. On the other hand, what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Alternatively, if he asks a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” (Matt. 7:7-11; Luke 11:8-9).
Let God know that you are serious about your request.
Keep in mind that He seldom answers prayers in the way or period most people expect. God does things His way, according to His timetable.
If a matter is important to you, do not pray about it just once. Come to God repeatedly, not in a nagging way, but with sincere, heartfelt petitions. Be diligent.
Again, let God know how serious you are.
Pray for God’s will, not your own: In the world, most pray for selfish reasons. Some ask God to bless them in winning the lottery. Others pray that their enemies will get their “just desserts.” Are they truly seeking God’s will?
Notice James 4: “You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts” (vs. 2-3). If your mind is set on foolish, carnal lusts, God will not hear you.
Your requests must be centered on what God desires. The Apostle John wrote, “And this is the confidence that we have in [God], that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him” (I John 5:14-15).
Just before He was arrested tortured and crucified, Jesus cried out to God in anguish. He prayed, “O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as You will” (Matt. 26:39).
Humanly, Jesus did not want to suffer the brutal torture and death that awaited Him. Yet He still prayed that God’s will be done, not His own. Christ always put God first. He always approached Him with a yielded, humble attitude.
This will be continued in Part 2. In order to view some of our PRAYERS, click on the categories button on the left side of the page, then stroll down to PRAYERS and click there and you will find many prayers to benefit you. May God bless you as you study His Holy Word.