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Are Prayers Answered?
YES!! Without question, God answers prayers. It may not be when we want or when we seem to need it most, but He has a plan for each of us, and in time
our prayers will be answered, according to His plan.
Have you prayed? The first and fundamental principle of answered prayer is faithfulness in prayer itself. Paul urged the Thessalonians, "pray
continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thess. 5:17-18). Paul exhorted the Ephesians, "And
pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests" (Eph. 6:18a). Christ assured His disciples, "Ask and it will be given 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" (Matt. 7:7-8).
Faithful continued prayer is one key to answered prayer. As James expresses it, "You do not have, because you do not ask God" (James 4:2b). In the
words of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus":
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.
If we expect God to answer, we must be faithful in prayer. Yet there is also the wonderful principle of grace that enables God to give us more than we
ask. Countless blessings are showered on the Christian every day. Paul expressed this, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask
or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us" (Eph. 3:20). But it all begins with faithful prayer.
Have you prayed according to the will of God? Again and again in the Bible the truth is emphasized that prayer must be according to God's will. Prayer
is not a means for us to persuade a reluctant God to do something which is against His better judgment. Prayer, rather is coming to God for the
fulfillment of His will, coming to a God who delights to answer prayer.
Praying in the will of God means that the prayer must be in harmony with what God has revealed to be His plan for the world. Our petitions must be in
harmony with God's holy and righteous character. What we desire from God must be to the best interest of ourselves and others, even though we may not
always know what is ultimately best.
If we pray in the will of God, we can be sure that God will answer. The Apostle John wrote, "We have this assurance 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" (1 John
5:14-15). These are great promises. In prayer we can approach God with complete assurance of His ability to answer us. There is no limit to what we
can ask, if it is according to His will.
John goes on to say that there are prayer requests that God cannot answer because they are not according to His will and not for our best interest (1
John 5:16). James expressed it, "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your
pleasures" (James 4:3). Selfish prayers will not be honored by God. Prayer is God's appointed means to receive what is best for us and others and to
realize what Paul called "what God's will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will" (Rom. 12:2b). But what infinite power and possibilities there
are in prayer that is according to the will of God.
Is it God's time to answer your prayers? Many times in the experience of those who pray faithfully, God does not say, "No," but, "Wait." There is a
proper timing for answered prayer. Sometimes God needs to wait until we are ready for the answer, or perhaps others need to be made ready. Sometimes a
delay is necessary to fit into God's overall program.
Is Your Prayer to the Glory Of God? The most searching question we face in prayer is whether our petition is for our own selfish interest, pride, or
attainment, or whether it is really to the glory of God. Answers to prayer must always honor God and bring glory to Him. This is one reason prayer
must be offered in the name of Christ. Christ assured His disciples, "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it
will be given you... . the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name" (John 15:7, 16b; cf. John 14:13-14).
God delights in honoring His Son. He loves to recognize what His Son has done on the cross to open the floodtides of grace for the believer. Prayer
that is offered in the name of Christ and to the glory of Christ is prayer that God can answer. Praying in the name of Christ is a recognition of His
infinite person, His deity and majesty. It is recognition of His power to do anything He wills to do. It is recognition of His grace that makes it
possible for Him to answer the prayers of imperfect believers. Answered prayer also honors God's promised word, for God cannot lie.
But prayer which glorifies God requires that the person who prays be one whom God delights to honor. We must do some heart-searching to be sure that
there is no hindering sin in our lives. As the Psalmist prayed, "Search me, 0 God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if
there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way" (Ps. 139:23-24). As the Psalmist expressed it elsewhere, "If I regard wickedness
in my heart, The Lord will not hear" (Ps. 66:18). The Psalmist goes on, however, with the reassuring word, "But certainly God has heard; He has given
heed to the voice of my prayer" (Ps. 66:19)
I,hope this helps.God is spiritual,those other Gods are fake,stone,anything made my hand.
edit on 6-6-2011 by venusstarlite because:
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