Answered Prayer

The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. (James 5:16)

When a baby is born, there is a suspenseful moment when all those in attendance watch eagerly for the newborn baby to begin breathing. In the same way, when a person is born again, be begins to sustain a spiritual life through prayer. A wise man, Rowland Hill, once said, “Prayer is the breath of a newborn soul, and there can be no life without it.”

Accordingly, when people speak of having a “prayer life” they should realize that prayer is not just a feature of spiritual life, but the thing that keeps spiritual life going. In prayer, you are talking to your Father-God in heaven, thanking Him, praising Him, blessing Him, loving Him, and asking His help for others and yourself in times of need. Meanwhile, He desires to speak love and encouragement to you. But sometimes it’s hard to know that God hears your prayers or that you can really hear His replies. The following keys to vital prayer will help you know that your prayers are heard and answered.

What is prayer?

Prayer is a two-way conversation with God. It is the most intimate relationship with the Creator you can have. In prayer, the depths of your spirit are in communion with the depths of the Spirit of God. Out of this can come instruction, guidance, and suggestions for new focal points in your prayers.

How should I pray?

When Jesus’ disciples asked Him how to pray, He gave them what we know as “The Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13). As you meditate on each phrase, you’ll see how The Lord’s Prayer touches on each facet of our lives and God’s character. It is a wonderfully complete outline for our prayers and is a good model to build on. As we pray The Lord’s Prayer, we begin by acknowledging God’s sovereign fatherhood when we say, “Our Father, who art in heaven.”

Then we adore His name. Because His name represents His nature, we praise His very being when we say the next phrase, “Hallowed be Thy name.”

Next, we must be concerned about the extension of His kingdom. We must care that people should come to know Him and submit to Him, so we say, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Then we turn to our personal concerns and ask God for our daily bread — not only literal bread, but whatever we need to carry out His work. This prayer is for His daily provision for our immediate needs, and so we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

Next comes a prayer of release from sin and guilt, the prayer of confession, repentance, and forgiveness: “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Here we are asking God for His grace in our relationships with other people, because His forgiveness of us and our forgiveness of others go hand in hand. If we are going to expect answered prayer, we must be willing to forgive other people, even as God is willing to forgive us.

Finally, we seek God’s protection from temptation and evil: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” We ask Him to keep us walking in His way, so that we might be covered by His power and anointing and might not be susceptible to evil influences.

Another way to pray is to organize your prayer time according to the different modes of prayer. The first part should be praise for our heavenly Father, followed by intercession for the needs of others. Then, in prayers of petition, you ask for your own needs to be met. All prayer should close with praise and thanksgiving to our Father, who out of His love for us provides answers to our prayers.

Conclude prayer with praise, like Jesus concluded The Lord’s Prayer, saying, “For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever, Amen.” (Matthew 6:13b)

How can I know that God will answer my prayers?

The Bible overflows with God’s repeated promises to hear and answer His children’s appeals. “And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” (John 5:14, 15) To pray according to God’s will means to pray in a way that is consistent with the principles in His Word. The Bible shows us that a righteous person’s prayers will be answered: “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (James 5:16). But righteousness means a lot more than “clean living.” More than that, it means depending on Jesus Christ for answers to every problem you face.

The Old Testament prophet Elijah was one such righteous man. “He prayed earnestly that it might not rain; and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the sky poured rain, and the earth produced its fruit” (James 5:17, 18). If you need to call forth showers of blessing in a dry and barren situation, remember that the key is righteousness — your trust in God’s promises.

As you commit your requests to Him, believe that His will is being done according to the greatness of His power and wisdom. Don’t underestimate God’s ability to make a way for you when one doesn’t seem possible. With our limited understanding and abilities, we often forget His boundless wisdom and power. Ask with faith, and be like Abraham when you pray. The Bible says of Abraham, “With respect to the promise of God, he (Abraham) did not waver in unbelief, but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what He had promised, He was able also to perform” (Romans 4:20, 21).

Lastly, Jesus told us to pray according to His name (John 14: 13, 14). He is the Architect, Creator, and Sustainer of all that is, and He promises in His words to the disciples, “All things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you” (Mark 11:24). No obstacle is too great to withstand His power: “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him” (Mark 11:23). Begin on a regular basis to pray about the biggest obstacle you face, and command that particular personal mountain to move by the power of the name of Jesus.

How can I know God’s will?

God’s will is best understood through a combination of different sources — sources that balance and complement one another and protect the believer from errors. The first source is the Bible. If you are familiar with the Bible you will know the will of God, because He has laid it out for us there. The Bible says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…” (Colossians 3:15).

That inner peace that you experience when you are in communion with Him (or the lack of it) can show you whether you are praying according to God’s will. God also reveals His will for us through godly counselors, people whose wisdom and walk with the Lord you can trust. We may also, sometimes, discern His will through circumstances that seem to favor or hinder a course of action.

But remember, in whatever way God reveals His will to you, it must agree with His Word, the Bible. He will not oppose Himself, “for He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13).

Once we have learned God’s will, we must stay in it, abiding in the Lord Jesus, who said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7). We cannot abide in Jesus and at the same time keep holding on to unbelief, unforgiveness, resentment, or bitterness. Such sins will keep us from that intimate relationship that He desires with us, and they will cloud our ability to know His will (Psalm 66:18).

What about unanswered prayer?

Nowhere in His Word does God promise that all of His answers will be instantaneous. Unfortunately, far too many people try to measure God’s response by what they are immediately able to see with their natural capacities. We must wait on the Lord if need be. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Many people have become disappointed and discouraged because they did not see the answers to their prayers at the time when they thought they should. If an answer is delayed, don’t doubt. Doubting only undermines our ability to see any of our prayers answered.

The Bible says of one who prays, “But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For let no man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord” (James 1:6,7).

Many times we think that God has failed to answer a prayer and that He has not honored His Word, when He actually is working out something in our lives far greater than we had imagined possible. We must be patient and bear in mind that His ways are far beyond ours. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher that your ways” (Isaiah 55:9).

Is it permissible to pray more than once for something?

Jesus taught in Luke, chapter 18, that at all times we ought to pray and not lose heart. He used the parable of the unrighteous judge and the helpless widow who kept on pleading with him for legal protection. Because of her persistence, the judge granted her request. In the same way, Jesus taught that the constant cries of God’s children are heard and their prayers are answered.

Jesus also said, “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7, 8 ). We are also told to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Rather than ask if it’s alright to pray again and again about a thing, perhaps we should ask if it’s right to ever stop praying about it until we receive an answer. Through our constant, believing prayer we not only receive answers, but we acquire a growing maturity in our life in Christ.

You can breathe easier now that you understand God’s desire for you to talk with Him constantly and His promise to answer your prayers, you can start praying with boldness and with the confidence that right now He is revealing answers to the dilemmas and uncertainties you face. Now your spirit will begin growing strong and vigorous with the deep, life-giving breath of prayer. God is supplying what you lack and honoring your petitions according to His will.

So, as you praise Him in your time of prayer, remember to praise Him as the One who hears and answers. Remember to give thanks often that He is not far away but near you, providing for you, fighting your battles, and directing your choices.

Scripture references are taken form the New American Standard translation of the Bible.



  • melodramatic

    I learned how to pray since i was a kid. Every night when i go to sleep, i pray. Nananalangin ako na sana bukas di na ako ibully sa school, sana maging matalino ako, sana hindi ako mapahiya, sana maganda at mayaman din ako tulad ng ibang babae sa school, sana magawa ko yung kung ano man ang dapat kong tapusin. Kung anu man yung natatanggap ko nagpapasalamat naman ako. But it feels like God is not with me. Grumaduate na ako ng college na still binubully padin, walang honors o awards mababa ang grades. Inisip ko na baka sa next step ng buhay ko maging maayos na ang lahat but eto ako, walang trabaho, sangkatutak na resume na ang naipamigay ko sa mga companies at ilang interview na napuntahan ko pero walng tumanggap sakin kahit isa. Angtagal ko nang tambay at pabigat sa uncle ko. PInapauwi na nga ako sa probinsya pero pinangpipilitan ko paring magstay dito sa manila. Pagod na pagod na akong mareject, naaadict na nga ako sa pagseself harm eh at sa mga suicidal thoughts. Hindi ko na talaga alam kung saan ako lulugar at hindi ko narin alam ang gagawin ko. Nagtatampo na ako kay God kasi feeling ko unfair na ang lahat na nagyayari sa buhay ko, bakit ganun yung iba successful na samantalang ako eto pabigat. Trabaho lang naman ang hinihiling ko ngayon sakanya bakit hindi niya maibigay ginagalingan ko naman. Hindi naman ito para sa sarili ko eh para eto sa pamilya ko. Sinikap kong makatapos ng pagaaral kahit na pinapatigil na ako at binubully ako sa school pero wala naman palang silbi. Anglaki kong disappointment sa pamilya ko ako ang inaasahan nila ngayon. Hindi naman ako masamang tao. Paano ba ako pakikinggan ni lord. Please help me..#UnansweredPrayer

    • Ms. Melodramatic, patuloy ka lang lumapit sa ating Panginoong Diyos at magpasakop sa Kaniya. Kapag ito ang iyong ginawa, malalaman mo na kasama mo Siya. Basahin mo din ang Kaniyang salita at malalaman mo din kung ano ang kalooban Niya sa buhay mo. Pwede kang magsimula magbasa sa Aklat ni Juan na matatagpuan sa New Testament o Book of John na nasa New Testament. Buhay ang Salita ng Diyos sabi nga ng John 1:14 at ito ay nagbabago ng buhay.

  • shirley gonzales

    I want to thank God for graces & blessings para sa aking
    apo at narinig ng Diyos ang panalangin niya sa importanteng araw na nagkasama ang kanyang mommy at papa .God can move mountains even the impossible with Him it is possible.At sa aking din panalangin sa finances He answered my prayers in His ways at naunload ng konti sa mga worries sa finances.But i know God will deliver totally from my indebtedness .I fervently pray and ask the hands of God for these big graces that will make me at peace.Thank you Lord in advance because i claim and
    i believed in your promises na di mo kami pababayaan.

    • Good morning Shirley! Thank you for sharing with us on how the Lord is moving in your family. Truly God is faithful in all His promises that whatever we ask in prayer through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, He will do it for us. God is able to bless you more than you ask of Him. It is said in Ephesians 3:20, ” 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.”

  • I just want to praise God for the countless blessings He’s given me and my whole family! I love you Lord!

  • Angie

    Panginoon alam niyo po kong ano ang makakabuti sa akin at sa pamilya ko. Lord alam ko pong lagi kayong nandiyan para ako ay gabayan dahil sa dinami dami ng pinagdaanan ko sa buhay kayo lang po ang kinakapitan ko. Lord tulungan niyo ako sa mga karamdaman ko ang panankit ng likod ko na lubos pong nagpapahirap sa akin.Maraming salamat po Panginoon..

    • Angie, salamat sa pagshare sa amin.
      Tunay na walang mahirap sa Panginoon.
      Kaisa mo kami sa pagpray ng iyong concerns, probisyon, karunongan, proteksyon at blessing.
      Ayon sa Kanyang salita Philippians 4: 19 At pupunan ng aking Dios ang bawa’t kailangan ninyo ayon sa kaniyang mga kayamanan sa kaluwalhatian kay Cristo Jesus.

  • I know this is long overdue but still, I would like to extend my gratitude – first to the Lord and to those who prayed for me.

    Sometime in March 2014, I had a chat with one (or several) of your members requesting for prayers in order for me to get a good job. I was invited for several interviews thereafter. Later, as far as I can remember, I requested again, this time with specified job.

    I was initially interviewed by a headhunter through phone call which I didn’t take seriously because I thought his client cannot afford my salary demand. Then, I was referred to the company’s HR manager who also interviewed me personally and I was given some background on the company which somehow aroused my interest. Then, I was interviewed by the Vice President who was so intimidating. She asked me questions which I cannot answer because I had no experience or knowledge. At the end of the interview, she enumerated the company’s benefits and I felt like, “why are you telling me these things when it is apparent that I failed this interview?” At that time, I felt so disappointed since I realized what benefits I might lose in case I will not be chosen. I knew that it was impossible to be hired because I do not suit the requirements for the job.

    I requested the headhunter to inform me of the outcome, even if it’s negative, so that I will not keep on hoping against hopes.

    Unfortunately, the headhunter informed me thereafter that I was not among those referred for the final panel interview because I lack the qualifications, etc.

    The benefits enumerated to me by the Vice President lingered on my mind (and on my husband’s). Every time we passed by the company, or saw its name along the road, my husband kept on saying, “sana matanggap ka dyan.” Told him, “ayaw nga sa akin eh.” But my husband insisted, “kung anong will ni Lord, walang imposible.” I agreed with him though I was very disappointed.

    Two weeks later, the headhunter called up again (I used to erase the contact numbers of the persons whom I think I would no longer transact with, but this time, the headhunter’s number was still on my phone). He said that he cannot explain why or how, but the company’s HR manager contacted him and requested that I be invited for the final panel interview.

    I was so happy and prayed a lot. I myself could also not explain why I was re-called. I just have this belief that if this job is not mine, why would the Lord allow me to be re-called and waste my time attending said interview?

    Then came the final panel interview. Another applicant came earlier. He was interviewed for less than 30 minutes. Another applicant didn’t show up. I was interviewed for more than an hour and I cannot understand why I was able to handle the interview and answer the questions of the panel with such ease. No, that’s a mistake. Actually, I understood why. It was the Lord who manipulated everything. He tamed the panel, made them ask questions which I could answer and equipped me with the right answers and proper wordings. The Lord moved their minds and hearts in my favor.

    Almost a week after, I received a Job Offer from the HR manager. I initially did not accept the offer and made a counter-offer (although my husband was pestering me to accept it asap for fear that the company might change its mind, haha!). The next day, I received an e-mail from the HR manager slightly increasing their offer which I immediately accepted.

    Last 28 May, I started to work with this new company as its Legal Manager. I was given a car (based on the specifications I requested to the Lord, really!), fleet card, among others.

    To top it all, the Lord provided for my family’s needs while I was on my 30-day notice period with my previous employer (no pay for a month) and during my first less than 30 days in my new employer. I never had a financial problem during my transfer.

    GOD is really good. Indeed, he can move mountains. I sincerely acknowledge that I was able to get this job not because I am a good lawyer but instead, because the Lord wanted me to be here. Imagine, there are lots of good lawyers out there but I, a lowly lawyer who took the bar exams 4 times, was chosen by a considerably good company? Not only that. I’ve been dreaming of getting employed in a company which will give me perks like free car and gas, health insurance for my husband, life insurance, etc. and the Lord gave them all.

    Praise God!


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