Getting Answers To Prayer ~ by Pastor Leroy Freeman
In God’s Word, we have a mighty promise from God concerning Prayer. God says in Jer. 33:3 ~ "Call unto Me, and I WILL Answer thee, and show thee Great and Mighty Things, which thou knowest not."
Prayer is communication with God. God not only hears prayer, but He also answers prayer.
The disciples recognized and saw the many results of prayer in the life of Jesus. Therefore, one of them said in Luke 11:1, "Lord, teach us to pray."
Throughout the Bible and even today, many are receiving mighty answers to prayer. Prov. 15:8 ~ lets us know that God delights in the prayers of His people. You too can receive mighty answers to prayer.
We must remember that many things can HINDER prayer. If your prayers are not being answered, there must be a hindrance somewhere.
The Bible lets us know that a lack of love, courtesy, and misunderstandings in the home can hinder prayers from being answered. I Peter 3:7 says, “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”
There are other things as well that can Hinder Prayers from being answered. Here is a list of a few other things that must be in place in our lives if we are to receive answers to prayer.
1. There must be reverence for God. The model prayer that Jesus taught starts off with reverence for God. Matt. 6:9 says, "Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name."
2. There must be reverence for the Bible. Prov. 28:9 says, "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the Law (God’s Word), even his prayer shall be an abomination."
3. There must be reverence for Christ. Jesus said in John 14:13, "And whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."
4. All known sin must be confessed to God and forsaken. Prov. 28:13 says, "He that covereth his sin shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy."
5. Asking amiss will hinder prayers from being answered. James 4:2,3 says, Ye lust, and Have Not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye Have Not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and Receive Not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” Amiss - means out of proper order; or in an improper or defective way.
6. To get answers to prayer, an individual must come to God In Faith - believing. Heb. 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He IS, and that He IS a REWARDER of them that DILIGENTLY seek Him."
James 1:6,7 says – “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering (doubting). For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
7. To get answers to prayer, an individual must submit their will to the will of the Father, asking that His perfect will be done in the matter requested. 1 John 5:14,15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His Will, He heareth us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.
8. After prayer, begin to worship, praise, and thank God in advance for hearing and answering your prayer. Phil. 4:6 says, "Be careful for nothing (don't worry about anything); but in everything by prayer and supplication with THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known unto God." Psm. 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall Give Thee the desires of thine heart.”
Pointers also to remember:
There are three answers to prayer:
Yes! ~ The request is granted. Hallelujah!!! No! ~ The request is denied. Father God knows what’s best. Hallelujah!!! Wait! ~ Not yet. God’s perfect timing has not arrived. Hallelujah!!!
In the waiting phase, patience is required. If your faith gets weak, it's OK to ask God for HELP. In Luke 17:5, "The Apostles said, Lord, increase our faith." In Mark 9:24, The father of the demon possessed child cried out, "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."
Beloved, as you seek God in prayer, even if things seem to get worse, continue to wait and believe God. God will not disappoint the trusting soul. I Peter 2:6 says, “… and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded (put to shame or disappointed).
God answers prayer, and God will come through in His own time and in His own way with deliverance for our good and His glory. Therefore, hang on in faith (cast not away your confidence). You could be only moments from your MIRACLE. Hallelujah!!!
♦ Never stop thanking and praising God. ♦ Never stop looking, hoping, and expecting. ♦ Never stop counting those things which be not, as though they were.
Faith - believes; Hope - anticipates; Patience - quietly waits; Then God brings His Will to pass!
The Lord loves us. The Cross of Calvary has already proved that. Having purchased us with His precious blood, we (the Saved, Born-Again ones) are the apple of God’s eye. Jesus is well acquainted with pain, grief, sorrow, loneliness, and rejection. He knows, cares, and understands. The Lord always has our best interest at heart.
Therefore, the best answers to prayer are when we leave the choices up to God. Our Loving God has the big picture (past, present, and future) for each of our lives. The Lord knows the way through the wilderness of this ole world, all we have to do is follow Him closely and faithfully even in times and through things that we don't understand or can’t explain. The Lord has a Miracle with your name on it. Hallelujah!!!
Go over these simple steps. Meditate on them. Make sure nothing is missing so that your prayers will not be Hindered. Cry out as the Psalmist did in Psm. 139:23,24 – “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
May God richly bless you as you seek His face, draw closer to Him, and strive to please Him in ALL you do! In Jesus Name ~ Amen