Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that every time you prayed, you knew that your prayer was heard by God and that it was answered.
Jesus told us in Mark 11:24,
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Did you see that? When you pray…you will have them! That sounds like a guarantee of answered prayer.
Now I know there have been times when I prayed and it looked like it was not answered. So, we have two opinions here… Allan: “I prayed and it was not answered” and Jesus: “When you pray it is answered”. One of us is wrong. I have learned that when it comes to opinions…the opinion of Jesus is ALWAYS right. After all He is the way, THE TRUTH and the life (John 14:6).
In other words; if it looks like my prayers were not answered, and Jesus said they would be, then I have missed something somewhere. There is a protocol and a process to prayer. It is important that we understand this if we want to see our prayers answered.
The first thing to recognise is that before Jesus got to verse 24, He began by saying, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). And we know from Romans 10:17,
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The Word of God is the will of God. I discovered that most of the times when it looked like my prayers were not being answered, it was because I was either guessing what I thought I needed or I was calling out in ignorant desperation.
One of the keys to successful praying is knowing the will of God. Before going to God in prayer, first take time to seek out His will in the Word of God. If you need healing, spend some time looking up promises of His healing and renew your mind to where you know it is His desire for you to be healed.
If it is provision that you desire, meditate on scriptures that speak to His pleasure for you to prosper and supply all your need.
After you are convinced in your heart that it is His will for you to receive what He has promised, ask Him to reveal what it is that you should specifically pray for.
I remember there was a time that I thought if God could just give me a really big lump sum of money all my problems would be solved (I even figured out what the exact amount should be). It took months and months of praying and there seemed to be no breakthrough.
Then I did what I have just shared with you. I fed on His Word and allowed it to show me His will for me to be delivered. Then, as I drew close to Him with a hearing ear, I sensed Him showing me how there were areas in my life that were causing the lack that I was seeing. I realised that I had been praying amiss.
I changed my prayer for Him to show me wisdom for how to solve the problems and for solutions on how to manage my affairs in line with His Kingdom.
It was like night became day. My inaccurate stewardship was draining, and therefore hiding me from seeing God’s provision. I watched daily as my prayers were being answered and found out that His supply was there all the time.
Look what John wrote in 1 John 5:14 ,
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
Begin today by determining God’s will for your answer. And then pray confidently knowing that He hears you and that He has answered your prayer.
Have faith in God!
We love you and continue to pray for you every day.
You are blessed!
Jesus is Lord,