God answers every prayer

Does God answer prayers?

The short answer to this question is “Yes!” God promised that he would give us what we ask when we ask him for things that are His will for our lives (1 John 5: 14-15). However, there is a caveat: we may not always like the answer.

We pray for many things - some good, some bad, some really pointless. But God listens to all of our prayers, no matter what we ask (Matthew 7: 7). He does not ignore his children (Luke 18: 1-8). When we talk to him, he promised to listen and respond (Matthew 6: 6; Romans 8: 26-27). His answer may be a variation of “yes” or “no” or “wait, not now”.

We must remember that prayer is not a means of getting God to do what we want. Our prayers should focus on the things that honor and glorify God and reflect what the Bible clearly states about God's will (Luke 11: 2). When we pray for something that God dishonors or is not His will for us, it is unlikely that He will accomplish what we ask. God's wisdom far exceeds ours, and we must trust that His answers to our prayers are the best possible solution.

Does God answer prayers? - When God says “yes”.

In the first two chapters of 1 Samuel, Hannah prays and asks God for a baby. She could not have children, which in biblical times was considered a shame for a woman. Hanna prayed passionately - so passionately that a priest who saw her praying thought she was drunk. But God heard Hannah and allowed her to give birth to a child.

Jesus said: “Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13). If you have prayed for something specific and God has granted it, you can be sure that it is His will. Nothing happens without God's permission (Romans 8:28).

Does God answer prayers? - When God says "no".

In John 11, Mary and Martha wanted Jesus to heal their dying brother, but Jesus allowed Lazarus to stave. Why did he say "no" to these grieving women who loved him so much? Because he had planned something greater for Lazarus; Things that nobody could have imagined.

“No” is one of the toughest answers we can get. But again, we have to keep in mind that God is omniscient and is aware of all of contemporary history. He knows every possible outcome of every possible decision in every possible situation; but we don't. He sees the whole picture; we only see a small brushstroke. Proverbs 3: 5 says: "Rely on the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your mind". If the answer is “no”, we need to trust that what we asked for was not God's will.

Does God answer prayers? - When God says “wait, not now”.

Sometimes it is more difficult to take a “wait” than a “no” because it means we have to be patient (Romans 8:25). While waiting is very difficult, we can be grateful that God is in control and trust that His timing is perfect (Romans 12:12; Psalm 37: 7-9).

God only wants the best for our lives. He doesn't want us to suffer for no reason. Jeremiah 29:11 says: "For I know well what thoughts I have about you, says the LORD: thoughts of peace and not of sorrow, that I may give you a future and hope." Let us be patient and assured that he is ours Loving Father is (Psalm 46:10).

Let us wait in Philippians 4: 6 when we make our requests to God: "Do not worry about anything, but in all things let your requests be made known to God in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving!" When God then answers, one should be prepared for his To accept wisdom - whether you like this answer or not.


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