How to Get Your Prayers Answered : PART 1 : 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. Matthew 7:7 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

Faith is what is required in prayer. Are you believing or hoping? I'm reminded of a story that Happy Caldwell once told. This is faith. and it will be yours. Faith says that God has answered my prayer the very moment that I prayed. Hope and faith are not the same.. The guys pointed to the sign." THANK GOD FOR THE ANSWER The third step for getting your prayers answered is this: Thank God for the answer. believe that you have received it. and different manufacturers. then I'll be grateful and thank you for it. even before you physically possess the answer. I ." The bartender smiled. and that's good enough for you to thank Him. answer your prayer. But I'm not going to thank you until I am wearing the new suit you promised.. Be specific. when in reality they are not believing. What kind of bicycle do you want?" I think many people need to be specific in their requests. If you're praying and expecting that God will." Of course I wouldn't say that. "Hey! Give us some free beer!" "What are you talking about?" the bartender asked." Notice that this scripture does not say to believe that you will receive. and it will be yours. When he was a sinner. TOMORROW. "You advertised free beer. God says. then you are not believing but hoping. He will get you thinking that tomorrow you'll get your answer. "How can I thank God for answering my prayer. you must believe that you have received the answer. "Therefore I tell you. That's what we've come for. "Wait until tomorrow. They could hardly wait to guzzle down the free beer. One day. the only logical step is to thank Him in advance for the answer.whatever you ask for in prayer. whatever you ask for in prayer. Would I say. Jesus says in Mark 11:24. even before you can see the answer. Once you are specific in your request. No! It says to believe that you have received. He wants you to tell Him. They jumped out of their car. The next day. sometime in the future. "Free beer—tomorrow!" The devil is like the bartender. they were driving down an old Arkansas highway when they drove past a run-down tavern. Jesus asked a blind man.wanted. There are many different brands. when you actually buy it and I'm wearing it. he'll say. Doing this proves that you trust God's Word. "Believe that you have the answer today--NOW!" This is what Jesus meant in Mark 11:24: ". You may ask. Suppose a gentleman promised me that he was going to buy a new suit for me next week. You cannot expect to receive from hope what is promised only to faith. "The sign for free beer is still up!" Happy exclaimed. But Jesus never assumes to know your desire. busted down the tavern's doors. when I don't see the answer yet?" Because He promised the answer. Its sign read: FREE BEER. This means that you must believe that you have the answer already. he and his buddies used to love getting drunk. "What do you want me to do for you?" It would seem obvious that the man wanted his sight. Since you have already believed that God has answered your prayer. and shouted to the bartender. but hoping. "Whoa!" they were excited. believe that you have received it. different colors. before you can see it. And when tomorrow gets here. thinking that they are believing. tomorrow never comes." As long as you are waiting for tomorrow. Many times people are praying. "Sir. they sped back to that old tavern.

Repentance is necessary. resentment. anger. Second Chronicles 7:14 says. we can look for answered prayers. God gave us an example of Elijah. down it came. God had first place in Elijah’s heart. “Pray for me. who are called by my name. The same is true of God. James 5:16-b says. I thank him. The mind is the arena where the battle is fought. What conditions does God’s Word set down for answered prayer? Let’s look at them. For the Lord certainly loves every one of His children for whom He paid the supreme sacrifice. whose prayer was answered. If you are His child through faith in Christ. And if you can keep it out of your mind. If anyone can get an answer from God. will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways. So after you have prayed and believed that you have received the answer. Let your mind affirm that you have the petitions that you requested from God. you may talk with some special Christian about it. “If we confess our sins.” you ask. even though I don't actually have it yet. 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. you figure that person can. We try not to let anything come between us and Him.” When we are cleansed. 2. Righteousness is necessary. and harsh words can come between us and God? The Bible says such things grieve the Holy Spirit. then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. It is this last step that many believers stumble over. then you can keep it out of your heart. Do not allow any negative thoughts to enter your mind. He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Following this statement. because many believers do not know how to fight the devil. The reason you need to keep your mind on positive things is because doubt begins in the mind. as He probably . because I believe his word is good. “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. They will do fine until this last step. then thank God for the answer. ______________________________________________________________ How to Get Your Prayers Answered : PART 2 : Why do some people get their prayers answered–and I don’t? Have you ever wondered that? Have you ever wished that you could have a closer touch with God? When you have a problem. But there’s no reason why all Christians can’t have the power with God that the Scriptures promise. But did you know that bitterness. Elijah prayed it wouldn’t rain.Righteousness refers to a daily. that includes you. and His promise is good enough to solicit gratitude from us. “If my people. God promised to answer our prayers.would immediately thank him for the new suit. and it didn’t rain for over three years! When he prayed for rain. bad temper. 1. steady walk with the Lord. Satan battles against the mind. How can we make things right? First John 1:9 says.” Unthinkable loss: Miscarriage and stillbirth He can use you: Mentor others through baby loss Obviously sin keeps prayers from getting answered.

if we hold anything against anyone. And obedience entails more than just conforming to a nice little set of cut-and-dried rules. it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. It is part of being turned into the Holy Spirit. “And without faith it is impossible to please God. and mind…Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). 4. they’ll be asking us for prayer. or neighbors? Then stand back and watch God work as you pray! It will thrill you! And here’s a great promise you might like to memorize: “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. we are to forgive that person. In their lives we see Christ.Sherry was sorry for things she had done wrong. That’s where doing “those things that are pleasing in his sight” comes in. “…And [we] receive from him anything we ask. Do you really believe God can work in the lives of unsaved and backslidden loved one’s life in answer to your prayers? Do you believe God can help you work out your problems. joy. because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 8. I often claim the promise that Jesus gave His followers: “Therefore I tell you. Cleanse me. Faith is necessary. Obedience is necessary. get along with cantankerous relatives.does in the hearts of those we ask for prayer. anger. pays the bills. do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). But when she finished praying.God’s command also lie in principles His Word sets forth. and they cover every relationship and every circumstance: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart. and He will do this” (Psalm 37:4-5). 3. Then she wondered why she still didn’t feel right with God!Hard to forgive some people for the way they have hurt us? Sure it is–for us! But I have found it possible to do so by holding such destructive. I know I can pray. help you get a job. hostility…and unforgiveness toward a relative who had hurt her. With this in mind. take these hurtful things.”When I’m praying. and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24). Forgiveness is necessary. “Lord. be alert and always keep on praying for all saints.” 7. Commit your way to the LORD. I don’t want them any more. co-workers. Persistence is helpful.” Obedience is the trademark of a righteous person. Ephesians 6:18 says. Jeremiah 29:13 says. Hebrews 11:6 says. Jesus said.Obedience to God isn’t hard when we truly love Him and others. Jesus said that when we pray. We read in First John 3:22. “Again. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. such as “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do. Agreement is helpful. I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for. because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. guess what Sherry still held in her heart? Bitterness. when others see Him in us.   . I just want your peace.” 6. so she asked the Lord to forgive her. Sincerity is necessary. then God can forgive our trespasses (Mark 11:25). whatever you ask for in prayer. I forgive everybody! “When I feel God’s peace. self-centered feelings up to my Lord and saying. and love. believe that you have received it. 5. soul.God’s two great commandments call for love. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests”.

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