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Why doesn t God answer my prayers?

Does God really mean it when He says that He will give us what we ask for? Bible texts come to our minds, such as Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you”. Will He really answer when we call? Isaiah 65:24: “Before you call I will answer, while you are still speaking, I will hear.”

Does God answer prayers?

Have you ever asked the question, why doesn’t prayer work? Why at times does it appear that God ignores us when we pray to Him. Many have prayed for God to intervene and solve a problem that they are struggling with, but sometimes God‘s apparent answer is silence.

God knows what’s best
Even when we feel that God is not answering our prayers, you can always know God is a God of love. The Bible tells us He loves us:

John 3:16. ‘”For God so LOVED the world”.
Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love.”.

God created us and knows infinitely more than we know. He knows what is best for us, and what would not be good for us. If you have children, when they were very small, sometimes they asked for things that would not be good for them, or would harm them. For good reasons sometimes parents do not always give their children what they ask for, when they ask for it. Parents give them what is best for them.

It is the same way in our prayers to God. God gives us what is best for us. We are God’s children and He gives us what is best for us, and at a time when it is best for us. Our lives must be right with God before He can answer our prayers.

Right way
God has certain conditions that must be met before our prayers can be answered. One of the first, is we feel our need of help from Him. Isaiah 44:3 says, “I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground.” The heart must be open to the Spirit’s influence, or God’s blessing cannot be received. One cannot pour water into a cup that is already full.

Right heart
If we have cherished sins in our lives, and refuse to give them up, or if we are doing things we should not be doing, and are disobeying Him, we cannot expect Him to answer our prayers. He cannot answer our prayers if we have sins in our lives that are unconfessed or if we are hanging on to cherished sins. Also, if we refuse to forgive others who have wronged us, God cannot hear us. (See Matthew 6:12 and Ephesians 4:32).

This is not saying you can earn God’s favor to answer your prayers, it will always be Jesus’s blood that makes us worthy; but we do need to do our part if God is going to work in our lives.

Pray without ceasing
One of the reasons we feel our prayers are not being answered, is because we stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says it best, “pray without ceasing.” Paul is more direct in Philippians 4:6, “In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

In reality, we should not be worried so much about if God hears our prayers – He does and He does care. What we should be worried about is if because of temptations, hard times, and trials we get discouraged, and give up praying. In Luke 18:1, Jesus, “spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.”

His time, His will
God is a God of love, and He is interested in every detail of our lives. He hears our prayers, and answers every sincere prayer if we meet His conditions. We must not expect that every answer will be “yes”, since we are sinners and do not always ask what is best for us. Sometimes His answer is “No’ and sometimes it is “wait.” (Hebrew 10:36) We need to end each prayer with, “Not my will but Your will.” Even if we are sincerely doing God’s will, and to the best of our ability, following His will for us, He may see that it is best for us not for Him to say “yes” at this time. We must continue trusting Him, regardless of His answer at the moment.

God’s timetable is not the same as ours. He knows better than we do when is the best time for our prayers to be answered. (See Hebrews 6 :13-15). God is eternal and does not measure time as we do. 2 Peter 3:8: “Beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

In the story of Abraham, God promised a son to Abraham. But Abraham became impatient when Sarah didn‘t bear him a son, so he took his wife’s servant as his wife. Abraham tried to solve the problem in his own way and the result was disastrous. We are still seeing the results of his mistake today. God eventually answered his prayer at the time when He saw it was best for Abraham.

For God to give us what we ask for, we must ask “according to His will.” Faith cannot take the place of “asking according to God’s will.” 1 John 5:14, “…if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” If you do not ask according to God’s will, it is not real faith in God. If God’s answer is “No” we still must be willing to wait patiently, and trust God to answer in his own way and in His timing.

Trust God, even though it may seem like prayer doesn’t work. Even though it may seem like at the moment He is not near and has abandoned you.

Isaiah 41:9,10:
“You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you, You are my servant, I have chosen you, and have not cast you away. Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

If we have faith and sincerely trust God, we will not be concerned as to whether the answer is “wait” or the answer is “no” or “yes.” We must just trust, and wait and see if God in His timing will see fit to answer as we have requested, or perhaps He has something better in mind for us. Remember your prayer should end with “Not my will, Lord, but Your will.” (Luke 22:42). “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6.

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Does God Answer Our Prayers?

How to pray? What does it take for God to answer prayers?

Have you ever known someone who really trusts God? When I was an atheist, I had a good friend who prayed often. She would tell me every week about something she was trusting God to take care of. And every week I would see God do something unusual to answer her prayer. Do you know how difficult it is for an atheist to observe this week after week? After a while, “coincidence” begins to sound like a very weak argument.

So why would God answer my friend’s prayers? The biggest reason is that she had a relationship with God. She wanted to follow God. And she actually listened to what he said. In her mind, God had the right to direct her in life, and she welcomed him doing just that! When she prayed for things, it was a natural part of her relationship with God. She felt very comfortable coming to God with her needs, her concerns, and whatever issues were current in her life. Furthermore, she was convinced, from what she read in the Bible, that God wanted her to rely on him like that.

She pretty much exhibited what this statement from the Bible says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer. ” 2

So, Why Doesn’t God Answer Everyone’s Prayers?

It may be because they don’t have a relationship with God. They may know that God exists, and they might even worship God from time to time. But those who never seem to have their prayers answered probably don’t have a relationship with him. Further, they have never received from God complete forgiveness for their sin. What does that have to do with it you ask? Here is an explanation. “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God. Your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” 3

It’s pretty natural to feel that separation from God. When people begin to ask God for something, what usually takes place? They begin with, “God, I really need your help with this problem. ” And then there’s a pause, followed by a restart. “I realize that I’m not a perfect person, that I actually have no right to ask you for this. ” There’s an awareness of personal sin and failure. And the person knows that it’s not just them; that God is aware of it too. There’s a feeling of, “Who am I kidding?” What they may not know is how they can receive God’s forgiveness for all their sin. They might not know that they can come into a relationship with God so that God will hear them. This is the foundation for God answering your prayer.

How to Pray: The Foundation

You must first begin a relationship with God. Here’s why. Imagine that a guy named Mike asks the president of Princeton University to co-sign a car loan for him. If Mike doesn’t personally know the president of Princeton, that car loan is not going to happen. Yet, if the daughter of this president asked her dad to co-sign a car loan for her, it would be no problem. Relationship matters.

With God, when the person is actually a child of God, when the person belongs to God, he knows them and hears their prayers. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me. my sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” 4

When it comes to God then, do you really know him and does he know you? Do you have a relationship with him that warrants God answering your prayers? Or is God pretty distant, pretty much just a concept in your life? If God is distant, or you’re not sure that you know God, here is how you can begin a relationship with him right now: Getting Connected .

Will God Definitely Answer Your Prayer?

For those who do know him and rely on him, Jesus seems to be wildly generous in his offer: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” 5 To “remain” in him and have his words remain in them means they conduct their lives aware of him, relying on him, listening to what he says. Then they’re able to ask him whatever they want. Here is another qualifier: “This 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.” 6 God answers our prayers according to his will (and according to his wisdom, his love for us, his holiness, etc.).

Where we trip up is assuming we know God’s will, because a certain thing makes sense to us! We assume that there is only one right “answer” to a specific prayer, assuming certainly THAT would be God’s will. And this is where it gets tough. We live within the limits of time and limits of knowledge. We have only limited information about a situation and the implications of future action on that situation. God’s understanding is unlimited. How an event plays out in the course of life or history is only something he knows. And he may have purposes far beyond what we could even imagine. So, God is not going to do something simply because we determine that it must be his will.

What Does It Take? What is God Inclined to Do?

Pages and pages could be filled about God’s intentions toward us. The entire Bible is a description of the kind of relationship God wants us to experience with him and the kind of life he wants to give us. Here are just a few examples:

“. the Lord longs to be gracious to you. He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for [trust] him!” 7 Did you catch that? Like someone rising out of his chair to come to your help, “He rises to show you compassion.” “As for God, his way is perfect. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.” 8 “The Lord delights in those who fear [reverence] him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” 9

However, God’s greatest display of his love and commitment to you is this: Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends,” 10 which is what Jesus did for us. And so, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?” 11

What about “Unanswered” Prayer?

Certainly people get sick, even die; financial problems are real, and all sorts of very difficult situations can come up. What then?

God tells us to give our concerns to him. Even as the situation remains dismal, “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” 12 The circumstances may look out of control, but they aren’t. When the whole world seems to be falling apart, God can keep us together. This is when a person can be very grateful that they know God. “The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 13 God may provide solutions, resolutions to the problem WAY beyond what you imagined possible. Probably any Christian could list examples like this in their own lives. But if the circumstances do not improve, God can still give us his peace in the midst of it. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” 14

It is at this point (when circumstances are still tough) that God asks us to continue to trust him — to “walk by faith, not by sight” the Bible says. But it’s not blind faith. It is based on the very character of God. A car traveling on the Golden Gate Bridge is fully supported by the integrity of the bridge. It doesn’t matter what the driver may be feeling, or thinking about, or discussing with someone in the passenger seat. What gets the car safely to the other side is the integrity of the bridge, which the driver was willing to trust.

In the same way, God asks us to trust his integrity, his character. his compassion, love, wisdom, righteousness on our behalf. He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” 15 “Trust in him at all times, O people. Pour out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us.” 16

In Summary. How to Pray

God has offered to answer the prayers of his children (those who have received him into their lives and seek to follow him). He asks us to take any concerns to him in prayer and he will act upon it according to his will. As we deal with difficulties we are to cast our cares on him and receive from him a peace that defies the circumstances. The basis for our hope and faith is the character of God himself. The better we know him, the more apt we are to trust him.

For more on the character of God, please see “Who is God?” or other articles on this site. The reason we pray is God’s character. The first prayer God answers is your prayer to begin a relationship with God.

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3 Examples Of Answered Prayers In The Bible

When I first started thinking about the subject for this article, I wondered how I could keep my examples of answered prayer to only three. The entire Bible is one long story of the prayers of God’s people and how He answered them – and is still answering them today. So after much thought, I picked three instances – one from the Old Testament, two from the New Testament – of specific times when someone prayed and their prayers were answered.

First of all, let’s define “prayer.” According to Merriam-Webster, prayer is “an address (as a petition) to God in word or thought.” To pray is to talk to God, whether giving Him praise, thanksgiving, or expressing your needs or desires. So here are three examples from the Bible of people who praised God, thanked God, or asked Him for something, and saw their prayers answered.

1 Kings 17:21-22 (ESV) Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord, O Lord my God, let this child s life come into him again. And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived.

Elijah was an Old Testament prophet of God. He did many wondrous works for God, some of which made him popular among people, other times he was less than popular. But he knew that whether his deeds were popular or not, he must obey God’s commands. But just as Elijah listened to God’s voice, God himself listened to Elijah. Their relationship was one that in the Old Testament was reserved for priests and prophets, but today is available to anyone who accepts Jesus into their life.

In these verses from 1 Kings, Elijah had been staying with a widow woman and her son. He had already blessed the widow and proven himself as a man of God by miraculously causing her food not to run out, so that the widow, her son, and Elijah could all eat during a time of famine and drought. But during his stay, the widow’s son became ill and died. When Elijah prayed for the child’s life to return to him, God answered right away. This is a dramatic, immediate instance of God answering prayer.

Luke 1:47-50 (ESV) and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

This is Mary’s song of praise to God, sometimes referred to as the Magnificat. This is during the time that she is pregnant with Jesus and goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John (who grows up to be John the Baptist). When Elizabeth tells Mary that at the sound of her greeting “ the baby in my womb leaped for joy” (Luke 1:44), Mary then gives a prayer of praise to God.

Praise, worship, and thanksgiving are forms of prayer. But in this prayer, Mary also does make a request of sorts; she says “…from now on all generations will call me blessed.” This is not something that is possible for Mary to accomplish by herself – it’s not within her power alone to be blessed, or to have succeeding generations remember her and call her blessed. God listened to her prayer, and today, two thousand years later, God is still answering her prayer because we still remember Mary’s name and honor her for what she did.

Matthew 26:39 (ESV) And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.’

This is a prayer of Jesus. While he was on the earth, Jesus set the example of how we should talk to God by saying prayers himself. This particular prayer was done in Gethsemane, the night that he was betrayed and arrested. He knew what was going to happen. In this prayer, Jesus pleads with his Father to avoid the torture and death that he knew awaited him.

But Jesus knew that there wasn’t a way to avoid what was coming, no matter how much he dreaded it. And so he ended his prayer with a statement of complete obedience to God: “…not as I will, but as you will.” This is the part of the prayer that God answered, because it was the only part that He could answer.

God will not do things contrary to His nature, contrary to His laws, or contrary to love. In all of these examples, the prayers did not defy God’s nature or His laws. God always wants to answer our prayers to our satisfaction, but if we pray against His will for our lives, then it might appear that our prayers go unanswered. Jesus expressed his desires to God, but because he knew what was at stake, his ultimate desire was to do what God wanted him to do.

God always answers prayers, even if the answer is “no” or “not yet.” The answer to Jesus’ desire to avoid painful death was a “no.” The answer to Elijah’s prayer was an immediate “yes,” and the answer to Mary’s prayer was also a “yes,” but she did not live to see the centuries-long fulfillment of that answer. But regardless of the answer or the timing of the answer, God always listens – He always has, and He always will. These are just three examples in a long wonderful book of stories about answered prayer.

Article by. Grace Robinson

Grace Robinson was born and raised in Virginia, Grace studied English and creative writing at Hollins University. Currently living in Virginia with a rabbit and a lot of books, she’s a writer of fantasy and a fan of arctic places, world music, mythology, and linguistics. Soon-to-be world traveler and published author, Grace hosts her own blog and works for Helps2Media as a content supervisor.

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How to Get Your Prayers Answered
by Tom Brown

You should pray to get results. Unfortunately, many people pray, but they don’t receive specific answers to their prayers. I’m going to show you how to pray to get answers. Once you know how to get answers to your prayers, you’ll never be in need. You’ll never have to stay sick, stay broke, or stay defeated all the days of your life.

The first and most important step for getting answers to your prayers is this: Find scriptures that definitely promise you the specific thing you are praying for.

When people say that they’re praying for something, I like to ask, What scripture or scriptures are you standing on in order to get what you are asking? Often, people answer, Well, nothing in particular. Well, that’s what they’ll get, Nothing in particular

Jesus says, If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you (John 15:7). Notice that Jesus began this promise with a little word called if . The word if is a little word with consequences. The word if means that this promise for answered prayer is conditional upon something. What is it? Jesus says that you can ask whatever you wish, so long as my words remain in you.

You must have God’s word abiding in you if you expect an answer to your prayer. Often Christians pray for something, such as healing, yet they don’t have any promise from God abiding in them which guarantees that God will answer.

God has made many promises to heal you. What you need to do is find those promises and meditate on them until they become real to you. By doing this, you will be able to fight doubt when your healing doesn’t manifest immediately.

You see if you pray for healing and do not know God’s promises to heal you, when the symptoms persist, you’ll begin to doubt that the answer is coming. Once you doubt, the answer is cancelled.

James 1:6-7 says, But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord. God answers only believing prayer. not doubting prayer.

Someone might say, But if God doesn’t heal us in response to our prayers, then maybe God does not want us to be well. It may not be His will to heal us.

The truth is, God’s Word is His will. If you want to know what God’s will is, then look at His Word. He only promises things that He is willing to do. Since He has promised us healing, we can be assured that it is His will to heal us. By not knowing His Word, delays in answers may make us think that God is denying us the answers. But by knowing the Word, delays are simply opportunities to stand on God’s Word in faith.

ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE

The second step for answered prayer is this: You must ask God for what you want and believe that you receive it.

What is it that you want? Be specific and ask.

Dr. Cho, the pastor of the world’s largest church, said that many years ago when South Korea was poor, he asked God for a bicycle. Back then a bicycle was a big thing. Well, several months had elapsed, but he had not received the bicycle. Finally he asked the Lord why it was taking so long for Him to answer this prayer. The Lord answered, Son, you didn’t tell Me what kind of bicycle you wanted. There are many different brands, different colors, and different manufacturers. Be specific. What kind of bicycle do you want?

I think many people need to be specific in their requests. Jesus asked a blind man, What do you want me to do for you? It would seem obvious that the man wanted his sight. But Jesus never assumes to know your desire. He wants you to tell Him.

Once you are specific in your request, you must believe that you have received the answer, even before you can see the answer.

Jesus says in Mark 11:24, Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Notice that this scripture does not say to believe that you will receive. No! It says to believe that you have received. This means that you must believe that you have the answer already, even before you physically possess the answer. This is faith.

Many times people are praying, thinking that they are believing, when in reality they are not believing, but hoping. Hope and faith are not the same. You cannot expect to receive from hope what is promised only to faith. Faith is what is required in prayer.

If you’re praying and expecting that God will, sometime in the future, answer your prayer, then you are not believing but hoping. Faith says that God has answered my prayer the very moment that I prayed. Are you believing or hoping?

I’m reminded of a story that Happy Caldwell once told. When he was a sinner, he and his buddies used to love getting drunk. One day, they were driving down an old Arkansas highway when they drove past a run-down tavern. Its sign read: FREE BEER, TOMORROW.

Whoa! they were excited. They could hardly wait to guzzle down the free beer. The next day, they sped back to that old tavern.

The sign for free beer is still up! Happy exclaimed. They jumped out of their car, busted down the tavern’s doors, and shouted to the bartender, Hey! Give us some free beer!

What are you talking about? the bartender asked.

The guys pointed to the sign, You advertised free beer. That’s what we’ve come for.

The bartender smiled, Free beer�tomorrow!

The devil is like the bartender. He will get you thinking that tomorrow you’ll get your answer. And when tomorrow gets here, he’ll say, Wait until tomorrow. As long as you are waiting for tomorrow, tomorrow never comes. God says, Believe that you have the answer today–NOW! This is what Jesus meant in Mark 11:24: . whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

THANK GOD FOR THE ANSWER

The third step for getting your prayers answered is this: Thank God for the answer, before you can see it. Since you have already believed that God has answered your prayer, the only logical step is to thank Him in advance for the answer. Doing this proves that you trust God’s Word.

You may ask, How can I thank God for answering my prayer, when I don’t see the answer yet? Because He promised the answer, and that’s good enough for you to thank Him.

Suppose a gentleman promised me that he was going to buy a new suit for me next week. Would I say, Sir, when you actually buy it and I’m wearing it, then I’ll be grateful and thank you for it. But I’m not going to thank you until I am wearing the new suit you promised. Of course I wouldn’t say that. I would immediately thank him for the new suit, even though I don’t actually have it yet. I thank him, because I believe his word is good. The same is true of God.

God promised to answer our prayers, and His promise is good enough to solicit gratitude from us. So after you have prayed and believed that you have received the answer, then thank God for the answer.

KEEP YOUR MIND POSITIVE

The fourth and final step for answered prayer is this: Let every thought affirm that you have the answer to your prayer.

It is this last step that many believers stumble over. They will do fine until this last step, because many believers do not know how to fight the devil. Satan battles against the mind. The mind is the arena where the battle is fought.

Do not allow any negative thoughts to enter your mind. Let your mind affirm that you have the petitions that you requested from God. The reason you need to keep your mind on positive things is because doubt begins in the mind. And if you can keep it out of your mind, then you can keep it out of your heart.

These are the four practical steps to answered prayer!

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Answered Prayers

Overview Edit

One of the more well-known English fangames, Answered Prayers is also one of the ‘lighter’ Yume Nikki fangames. This game has plenty of exploration value, with little gore/blood compared to many other Yume Nikki deriatives. At Version 0.03, the game has been put on hiatus, according to the official website.

Plot Edit

The game stars Fluorette. a girl that resides in a shrine and prays so that she can enter the spirit world. She refuses to leave the shrine once she has entered it, so the player has no choice but to explore the spirit world with Fluorette. Through out the game are symbols of Fluorette’s religion (priestesses, symbols, etc.).

Gameplay Edit

You play as a girl named Fluorette who has run away from her home. Getting caught in a storm, you take refuge in a strange little shrine. You can’t leave because the storm is too strong – all you can do is pray, and praying causes your spirit to project from your body and enter a surreal and mystical world of spirits and other supernatural beings.

Effects/Prayers and Items Edit

Answered Prayers has several effects, which are called “Prayers” in-game.


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Does God Answer Our Prayers?

How to pray? What does it take for God to answer prayers?

Have you ever known someone who really trusts God? When I was an atheist, I had a good friend who prayed often. She would tell me every week about something she was trusting God to take care of. And every week I would see God do something unusual to answer her prayer. Do you know how difficult it is for an atheist to observe this week after week? After a while, “coincidence” begins to sound like a very weak argument.

So why would God answer my friend’s prayers? The biggest reason is that she had a relationship with God. She wanted to follow God. And she actually listened to what he said. In her mind, God had the right to direct her in life, and she welcomed him doing just that! When she prayed for things, it was a natural part of her relationship with God. She felt very comfortable coming to God with her needs, her concerns, and whatever issues were current in her life. Furthermore, she was convinced, from what she read in the Bible, that God wanted her to rely on him like that.

She pretty much exhibited what this statement from the Bible says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer. ” 2

So, Why Doesn’t God Answer Everyone’s Prayers?

It may be because they don’t have a relationship with God. They may know that God exists, and they might even worship God from time to time. But those who never seem to have their prayers answered probably don’t have a relationship with him. Further, they have never received from God complete forgiveness for their sin. What does that have to do with it you ask? Here is an explanation. “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God. Your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” 3

It’s pretty natural to feel that separation from God. When people begin to ask God for something, what usually takes place? They begin with, “God, I really need your help with this problem. ” And then there’s a pause, followed by a restart. “I realize that I’m not a perfect person, that I actually have no right to ask you for this. ” There’s an awareness of personal sin and failure. And the person knows that it’s not just them; that God is aware of it too. There’s a feeling of, “Who am I kidding?” What they may not know is how they can receive God’s forgiveness for all their sin. They might not know that they can come into a relationship with God so that God will hear them. This is the foundation for God answering your prayer.

How to Pray: The Foundation

You must first begin a relationship with God. Here’s why. Imagine that a guy named Mike asks the president of Princeton University to co-sign a car loan for him. If Mike doesn’t personally know the president of Princeton, that car loan is not going to happen. Yet, if the daughter of this president asked her dad to co-sign a car loan for her, it would be no problem. Relationship matters.

With God, when the person is actually a child of God, when the person belongs to God, he knows them and hears their prayers. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me. my sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” 4

When it comes to God then, do you really know him and does he know you? Do you have a relationship with him that warrants God answering your prayers? Or is God pretty distant, pretty much just a concept in your life? If God is distant, or you’re not sure that you know God, here is how you can begin a relationship with him right now: Getting Connected .

Will God Definitely Answer Your Prayer?

For those who do know him and rely on him, Jesus seems to be wildly generous in his offer: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” 5 To “remain” in him and have his words remain in them means they conduct their lives aware of him, relying on him, listening to what he says. Then they’re able to ask him whatever they want. Here is another qualifier: “This 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.” 6 God answers our prayers according to his will (and according to his wisdom, his love for us, his holiness, etc.).

Where we trip up is assuming we know God’s will, because a certain thing makes sense to us! We assume that there is only one right “answer” to a specific prayer, assuming certainly THAT would be God’s will. And this is where it gets tough. We live within the limits of time and limits of knowledge. We have only limited information about a situation and the implications of future action on that situation. God’s understanding is unlimited. How an event plays out in the course of life or history is only something he knows. And he may have purposes far beyond what we could even imagine. So, God is not going to do something simply because we determine that it must be his will.

What Does It Take? What is God Inclined to Do?

Pages and pages could be filled about God’s intentions toward us. The entire Bible is a description of the kind of relationship God wants us to experience with him and the kind of life he wants to give us. Here are just a few examples:

“. the Lord longs to be gracious to you. He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for [trust] him!” 7 Did you catch that? Like someone rising out of his chair to come to your help, “He rises to show you compassion.” “As for God, his way is perfect. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.” 8 “The Lord delights in those who fear [reverence] him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” 9

However, God’s greatest display of his love and commitment to you is this: Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends,” 10 which is what Jesus did for us. And so, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?” 11

What about “Unanswered” Prayer?

Certainly people get sick, even die; financial problems are real, and all sorts of very difficult situations can come up. What then?

God tells us to give our concerns to him. Even as the situation remains dismal, “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” 12 The circumstances may look out of control, but they aren’t. When the whole world seems to be falling apart, God can keep us together. This is when a person can be very grateful that they know God. “The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 13 God may provide solutions, resolutions to the problem WAY beyond what you imagined possible. Probably any Christian could list examples like this in their own lives. But if the circumstances do not improve, God can still give us his peace in the midst of it. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” 14

It is at this point (when circumstances are still tough) that God asks us to continue to trust him — to “walk by faith, not by sight” the Bible says. But it’s not blind faith. It is based on the very character of God. A car traveling on the Golden Gate Bridge is fully supported by the integrity of the bridge. It doesn’t matter what the driver may be feeling, or thinking about, or discussing with someone in the passenger seat. What gets the car safely to the other side is the integrity of the bridge, which the driver was willing to trust.

In the same way, God asks us to trust his integrity, his character. his compassion, love, wisdom, righteousness on our behalf. He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” 15 “Trust in him at all times, O people. Pour out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us.” 16

In Summary. How to Pray

God has offered to answer the prayers of his children (those who have received him into their lives and seek to follow him). He asks us to take any concerns to him in prayer and he will act upon it according to his will. As we deal with difficulties we are to cast our cares on him and receive from him a peace that defies the circumstances. The basis for our hope and faith is the character of God himself. The better we know him, the more apt we are to trust him.

For more on the character of God, please see “Who is God?” or other articles on this site. The reason we pray is God’s character. The first prayer God answers is your prayer to begin a relationship with God.

(Article by Marilyn Adamson)


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Why doesn t God answer my prayers?

Does God really mean it when He says that He will give us what we ask for? Bible texts come to our minds, such as Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you”. Will He really answer when we call? Isaiah 65:24: “Before you call I will answer, while you are still speaking, I will hear.”

Does God answer prayers?

Have you ever asked the question, why doesn’t prayer work? Why at times does it appear that God ignores us when we pray to Him. Many have prayed for God to intervene and solve a problem that they are struggling with, but sometimes God‘s apparent answer is silence.

God knows what’s best
Even when we feel that God is not answering our prayers, you can always know God is a God of love. The Bible tells us He loves us:

John 3:16. ‘”For God so LOVED the world”.
Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love.”.

God created us and knows infinitely more than we know. He knows what is best for us, and what would not be good for us. If you have children, when they were very small, sometimes they asked for things that would not be good for them, or would harm them. For good reasons sometimes parents do not always give their children what they ask for, when they ask for it. Parents give them what is best for them.

It is the same way in our prayers to God. God gives us what is best for us. We are God’s children and He gives us what is best for us, and at a time when it is best for us. Our lives must be right with God before He can answer our prayers.

Right way
God has certain conditions that must be met before our prayers can be answered. One of the first, is we feel our need of help from Him. Isaiah 44:3 says, “I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground.” The heart must be open to the Spirit’s influence, or God’s blessing cannot be received. One cannot pour water into a cup that is already full.

Right heart
If we have cherished sins in our lives, and refuse to give them up, or if we are doing things we should not be doing, and are disobeying Him, we cannot expect Him to answer our prayers. He cannot answer our prayers if we have sins in our lives that are unconfessed or if we are hanging on to cherished sins. Also, if we refuse to forgive others who have wronged us, God cannot hear us. (See Matthew 6:12 and Ephesians 4:32).

This is not saying you can earn God’s favor to answer your prayers, it will always be Jesus’s blood that makes us worthy; but we do need to do our part if God is going to work in our lives.

Pray without ceasing
One of the reasons we feel our prayers are not being answered, is because we stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says it best, “pray without ceasing.” Paul is more direct in Philippians 4:6, “In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

In reality, we should not be worried so much about if God hears our prayers – He does and He does care. What we should be worried about is if because of temptations, hard times, and trials we get discouraged, and give up praying. In Luke 18:1, Jesus, “spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.”

His time, His will
God is a God of love, and He is interested in every detail of our lives. He hears our prayers, and answers every sincere prayer if we meet His conditions. We must not expect that every answer will be “yes”, since we are sinners and do not always ask what is best for us. Sometimes His answer is “No’ and sometimes it is “wait.” (Hebrew 10:36) We need to end each prayer with, “Not my will but Your will.” Even if we are sincerely doing God’s will, and to the best of our ability, following His will for us, He may see that it is best for us not for Him to say “yes” at this time. We must continue trusting Him, regardless of His answer at the moment.

God’s timetable is not the same as ours. He knows better than we do when is the best time for our prayers to be answered. (See Hebrews 6 :13-15). God is eternal and does not measure time as we do. 2 Peter 3:8: “Beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

In the story of Abraham, God promised a son to Abraham. But Abraham became impatient when Sarah didn‘t bear him a son, so he took his wife’s servant as his wife. Abraham tried to solve the problem in his own way and the result was disastrous. We are still seeing the results of his mistake today. God eventually answered his prayer at the time when He saw it was best for Abraham.

For God to give us what we ask for, we must ask “according to His will.” Faith cannot take the place of “asking according to God’s will.” 1 John 5:14, “…if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” If you do not ask according to God’s will, it is not real faith in God. If God’s answer is “No” we still must be willing to wait patiently, and trust God to answer in his own way and in His timing.

Trust God, even though it may seem like prayer doesn’t work. Even though it may seem like at the moment He is not near and has abandoned you.

Isaiah 41:9,10:
“You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you, You are my servant, I have chosen you, and have not cast you away. Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

If we have faith and sincerely trust God, we will not be concerned as to whether the answer is “wait” or the answer is “no” or “yes.” We must just trust, and wait and see if God in His timing will see fit to answer as we have requested, or perhaps He has something better in mind for us. Remember your prayer should end with “Not my will, Lord, but Your will.” (Luke 22:42). “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6.

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3 Examples Of Answered Prayers In The Bible

When I first started thinking about the subject for this article, I wondered how I could keep my examples of answered prayer to only three. The entire Bible is one long story of the prayers of God’s people and how He answered them – and is still answering them today. So after much thought, I picked three instances – one from the Old Testament, two from the New Testament – of specific times when someone prayed and their prayers were answered.

First of all, let’s define “prayer.” According to Merriam-Webster, prayer is “an address (as a petition) to God in word or thought.” To pray is to talk to God, whether giving Him praise, thanksgiving, or expressing your needs or desires. So here are three examples from the Bible of people who praised God, thanked God, or asked Him for something, and saw their prayers answered.

1 Kings 17:21-22 (ESV) Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord, O Lord my God, let this child s life come into him again. And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived.

Elijah was an Old Testament prophet of God. He did many wondrous works for God, some of which made him popular among people, other times he was less than popular. But he knew that whether his deeds were popular or not, he must obey God’s commands. But just as Elijah listened to God’s voice, God himself listened to Elijah. Their relationship was one that in the Old Testament was reserved for priests and prophets, but today is available to anyone who accepts Jesus into their life.

In these verses from 1 Kings, Elijah had been staying with a widow woman and her son. He had already blessed the widow and proven himself as a man of God by miraculously causing her food not to run out, so that the widow, her son, and Elijah could all eat during a time of famine and drought. But during his stay, the widow’s son became ill and died. When Elijah prayed for the child’s life to return to him, God answered right away. This is a dramatic, immediate instance of God answering prayer.

Luke 1:47-50 (ESV) and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

This is Mary’s song of praise to God, sometimes referred to as the Magnificat. This is during the time that she is pregnant with Jesus and goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John (who grows up to be John the Baptist). When Elizabeth tells Mary that at the sound of her greeting “ the baby in my womb leaped for joy” (Luke 1:44), Mary then gives a prayer of praise to God.

Praise, worship, and thanksgiving are forms of prayer. But in this prayer, Mary also does make a request of sorts; she says “…from now on all generations will call me blessed.” This is not something that is possible for Mary to accomplish by herself – it’s not within her power alone to be blessed, or to have succeeding generations remember her and call her blessed. God listened to her prayer, and today, two thousand years later, God is still answering her prayer because we still remember Mary’s name and honor her for what she did.

Matthew 26:39 (ESV) And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.’

This is a prayer of Jesus. While he was on the earth, Jesus set the example of how we should talk to God by saying prayers himself. This particular prayer was done in Gethsemane, the night that he was betrayed and arrested. He knew what was going to happen. In this prayer, Jesus pleads with his Father to avoid the torture and death that he knew awaited him.

But Jesus knew that there wasn’t a way to avoid what was coming, no matter how much he dreaded it. And so he ended his prayer with a statement of complete obedience to God: “…not as I will, but as you will.” This is the part of the prayer that God answered, because it was the only part that He could answer.

God will not do things contrary to His nature, contrary to His laws, or contrary to love. In all of these examples, the prayers did not defy God’s nature or His laws. God always wants to answer our prayers to our satisfaction, but if we pray against His will for our lives, then it might appear that our prayers go unanswered. Jesus expressed his desires to God, but because he knew what was at stake, his ultimate desire was to do what God wanted him to do.

God always answers prayers, even if the answer is “no” or “not yet.” The answer to Jesus’ desire to avoid painful death was a “no.” The answer to Elijah’s prayer was an immediate “yes,” and the answer to Mary’s prayer was also a “yes,” but she did not live to see the centuries-long fulfillment of that answer. But regardless of the answer or the timing of the answer, God always listens – He always has, and He always will. These are just three examples in a long wonderful book of stories about answered prayer.

Article by. Grace Robinson

Grace Robinson was born and raised in Virginia, Grace studied English and creative writing at Hollins University. Currently living in Virginia with a rabbit and a lot of books, she’s a writer of fantasy and a fan of arctic places, world music, mythology, and linguistics. Soon-to-be world traveler and published author, Grace hosts her own blog and works for Helps2Media as a content supervisor.

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How to Get Your Prayers Answered
by Tom Brown

You should pray to get results. Unfortunately, many people pray, but they don’t receive specific answers to their prayers. I’m going to show you how to pray to get answers. Once you know how to get answers to your prayers, you’ll never be in need. You’ll never have to stay sick, stay broke, or stay defeated all the days of your life.

The first and most important step for getting answers to your prayers is this: Find scriptures that definitely promise you the specific thing you are praying for.

When people say that they’re praying for something, I like to ask, What scripture or scriptures are you standing on in order to get what you are asking? Often, people answer, Well, nothing in particular. Well, that’s what they’ll get, Nothing in particular

Jesus says, If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you (John 15:7). Notice that Jesus began this promise with a little word called if . The word if is a little word with consequences. The word if means that this promise for answered prayer is conditional upon something. What is it? Jesus says that you can ask whatever you wish, so long as my words remain in you.

You must have God’s word abiding in you if you expect an answer to your prayer. Often Christians pray for something, such as healing, yet they don’t have any promise from God abiding in them which guarantees that God will answer.

God has made many promises to heal you. What you need to do is find those promises and meditate on them until they become real to you. By doing this, you will be able to fight doubt when your healing doesn’t manifest immediately.

You see if you pray for healing and do not know God’s promises to heal you, when the symptoms persist, you’ll begin to doubt that the answer is coming. Once you doubt, the answer is cancelled.

James 1:6-7 says, But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord. God answers only believing prayer. not doubting prayer.

Someone might say, But if God doesn’t heal us in response to our prayers, then maybe God does not want us to be well. It may not be His will to heal us.

The truth is, God’s Word is His will. If you want to know what God’s will is, then look at His Word. He only promises things that He is willing to do. Since He has promised us healing, we can be assured that it is His will to heal us. By not knowing His Word, delays in answers may make us think that God is denying us the answers. But by knowing the Word, delays are simply opportunities to stand on God’s Word in faith.

ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE

The second step for answered prayer is this: You must ask God for what you want and believe that you receive it.

What is it that you want? Be specific and ask.

Dr. Cho, the pastor of the world’s largest church, said that many years ago when South Korea was poor, he asked God for a bicycle. Back then a bicycle was a big thing. Well, several months had elapsed, but he had not received the bicycle. Finally he asked the Lord why it was taking so long for Him to answer this prayer. The Lord answered, Son, you didn’t tell Me what kind of bicycle you wanted. There are many different brands, different colors, and different manufacturers. Be specific. What kind of bicycle do you want?

I think many people need to be specific in their requests. Jesus asked a blind man, What do you want me to do for you? It would seem obvious that the man wanted his sight. But Jesus never assumes to know your desire. He wants you to tell Him.

Once you are specific in your request, you must believe that you have received the answer, even before you can see the answer.

Jesus says in Mark 11:24, Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Notice that this scripture does not say to believe that you will receive. No! It says to believe that you have received. This means that you must believe that you have the answer already, even before you physically possess the answer. This is faith.

Many times people are praying, thinking that they are believing, when in reality they are not believing, but hoping. Hope and faith are not the same. You cannot expect to receive from hope what is promised only to faith. Faith is what is required in prayer.

If you’re praying and expecting that God will, sometime in the future, answer your prayer, then you are not believing but hoping. Faith says that God has answered my prayer the very moment that I prayed. Are you believing or hoping?

I’m reminded of a story that Happy Caldwell once told. When he was a sinner, he and his buddies used to love getting drunk. One day, they were driving down an old Arkansas highway when they drove past a run-down tavern. Its sign read: FREE BEER, TOMORROW.

Whoa! they were excited. They could hardly wait to guzzle down the free beer. The next day, they sped back to that old tavern.

The sign for free beer is still up! Happy exclaimed. They jumped out of their car, busted down the tavern’s doors, and shouted to the bartender, Hey! Give us some free beer!

What are you talking about? the bartender asked.

The guys pointed to the sign, You advertised free beer. That’s what we’ve come for.

The bartender smiled, Free beer�tomorrow!

The devil is like the bartender. He will get you thinking that tomorrow you’ll get your answer. And when tomorrow gets here, he’ll say, Wait until tomorrow. As long as you are waiting for tomorrow, tomorrow never comes. God says, Believe that you have the answer today–NOW! This is what Jesus meant in Mark 11:24: . whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

THANK GOD FOR THE ANSWER

The third step for getting your prayers answered is this: Thank God for the answer, before you can see it. Since you have already believed that God has answered your prayer, the only logical step is to thank Him in advance for the answer. Doing this proves that you trust God’s Word.

You may ask, How can I thank God for answering my prayer, when I don’t see the answer yet? Because He promised the answer, and that’s good enough for you to thank Him.

Suppose a gentleman promised me that he was going to buy a new suit for me next week. Would I say, Sir, when you actually buy it and I’m wearing it, then I’ll be grateful and thank you for it. But I’m not going to thank you until I am wearing the new suit you promised. Of course I wouldn’t say that. I would immediately thank him for the new suit, even though I don’t actually have it yet. I thank him, because I believe his word is good. The same is true of God.

God promised to answer our prayers, and His promise is good enough to solicit gratitude from us. So after you have prayed and believed that you have received the answer, then thank God for the answer.

KEEP YOUR MIND POSITIVE

The fourth and final step for answered prayer is this: Let every thought affirm that you have the answer to your prayer.

It is this last step that many believers stumble over. They will do fine until this last step, because many believers do not know how to fight the devil. Satan battles against the mind. The mind is the arena where the battle is fought.

Do not allow any negative thoughts to enter your mind. Let your mind affirm that you have the petitions that you requested from God. The reason you need to keep your mind on positive things is because doubt begins in the mind. And if you can keep it out of your mind, then you can keep it out of your heart.

These are the four practical steps to answered prayer!

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Answered Prayers

Overview Edit

One of the more well-known English fangames, Answered Prayers is also one of the ‘lighter’ Yume Nikki fangames. This game has plenty of exploration value, with little gore/blood compared to many other Yume Nikki deriatives. At Version 0.03, the game has been put on hiatus, according to the official website.

Plot Edit

The game stars Fluorette. a girl that resides in a shrine and prays so that she can enter the spirit world. She refuses to leave the shrine once she has entered it, so the player has no choice but to explore the spirit world with Fluorette. Through out the game are symbols of Fluorette’s religion (priestesses, symbols, etc.).

Gameplay Edit

You play as a girl named Fluorette who has run away from her home. Getting caught in a storm, you take refuge in a strange little shrine. You can’t leave because the storm is too strong – all you can do is pray, and praying causes your spirit to project from your body and enter a surreal and mystical world of spirits and other supernatural beings.

Effects/Prayers and Items Edit

Answered Prayers has several effects, which are called “Prayers” in-game.