Why does God Answer Prayer?
God answers prayer because He loves to supply the needs of His children. He hears and answers the prayers of the righteous. When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we come into right standing with God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “ For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him; and 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (KJV).
Early in my Christian walk, I would question if God would really hear and answer my prayer. I thought I had to sound eloquent and know the bible from Genesis to Revelation for God to hear and answer my prayer. I decided to search the scriptures on the topic of prayer because I needed a clear understanding of how to develop an effective prayer life. Doing so revolutionized my life because I found God’s promises on prayer which motivated me to develop a consistent prayer life.
Ask and it shall be given:
Matthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask, and it shall be given youth seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth: and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (KJV). Keep in mind that our asking must line up with the word of God
For instance, God promised in Philippians 4:19 that He supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. When we are in need of something, we can ask God for it. James 4:2b says “…ye have not, because ye ask not” (KJV).
Believe you shall receive:
In Mark 11:24, Jesus said, “Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them” (KJV). For example, Matthew 8:17 and 1 Peter 2:24 says Jesus bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases in His body and by His stripes we are healed. Therefore, “I believe I receive my healing in Jesus’ name” Amen.
Ask the Father in the name of Jesus:
In John 16:23, Jesus said, “….Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. Hebrews 4:16 says to come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Your prayer is powerful and effective:
James 5:16b says, “…The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (NIV). Our prayer is powerful and effective because we are in right standing with God because we are now born again. Receiving Jesus as our Lord and Saviour makes us righteous. We now have the right to pray to the Father in the name of Jesus.
God pays attention to your prayers:
1 Peter 1:12a says, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer” (NIV). God is always paying attention to your prayers because He loves you.
In Mark 11:25, Jesus said, “When you stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses” (KJV).
It is motivating to know that not only God pays attention to our prayers, but He answers our prayers. God has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). All we must do is to access those things from the supernatural realm, into the physical realm.
Prayer is a tool that enables us to do so. In addition, we do not go to God in our name, or because of our goodness, we go to Him in the name of Jesus. So let us be consistent and believe that God answers our prayers.
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