Why I’m Confident My Prayers Are Answered

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Okay, I know many people have a hard time understanding Bible principles or acting on their faith to see them in action. I had an “aha” moment while I was listening to a pastor’s teaching on getting prayers answered. I had an understanding about it for some time, but it “clicked” and became solid this day. What I’m about to write is going to be in basic terms. This is an over-simplification of a couple steps of getting prayers answered. This doesn’t deal with how to approach God, ways to prevent your prayers from being answered, or various other details. What I want to focus on is building your confidence for receiving answers to your prayers. By answers, I mean, “Yes”.

Matthew 6:31-32
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Matthew 7:7-8
Ask, and it shall be given you; 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.”

Mark 11:22-24
22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

I John 5:14-15
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

Sometimes, people will not pray because they think God already knows what they need, so they don’t need to ask. That’s true according to our first Bible reference. However, we are still required to ask first as this follows His offer of free will. He will not force us to be blessed if we don’t want it. Our third reference states that we need to believe that God will answer us when we ask. Lastly, if we ask according to His will, we shall have what we ask.

So, let’s simplify this. For general purposes, I’m going to assume everyone reading knows how drive-thru restaurants work. When you’re hungry for something quick, you may go to a fast food restaurant. You need to decide what you want and buy it. You wouldn’t go to Burger King expecting to get a burrito because it’s not on the menu. You also wouldn’t go to Taco Bell expecting to order chicken fried rice. If you aren’t sure what’s available, you simply look at the menu.

In our example, we want a hamburger, large fries and large soda. We see we have several options, so we choose a #1 combo. It’s on the menu and should be available. The worker takes our order and gives us a total. At this point, we are certain that before we leave the parking lot, we will have what we requested. We haven’t seen the food (maybe a picture) or smelled our food, which hasn’t been cooked yet, but we have no doubt that we’re going to get our #1 combo.

Two things are now required of us.
1. Faith – If we truly believe our food is coming, we’re going to drive around the corner and stay in line to receive our order. Otherwise, we’d drive off hungry.
2. Payment – Before we get our order, we need to pay the worker for our meal. We pay and wait. We don’t panic and think the worker’s going to pack up the building to go running off with our $4 and change. We wait patiently because we asked for what was on the menu and know Burger King will deliver it.

After a time, we get our order and leave. When we look in the bag, are we surprised that we got a #1 combo? Of course not!! We asked for it and believed we would get it when we ordered. We were just waiting for the food to be delivered into our hands.

Now…..Biblically…..
1. Before you pray, you need to have a specific need/desire in mind. Just like you wouldn’t go to Burger King and wait for them to just fix something for you because you’re hungry, you need to have a specific thing to be addressed by God.

2. Now, you need to know if what you want is available. You can know what you can have by checking His “menu”, His will or His testament.

(Testament – a will; this is usually written so that when a person is no longer here, anyone reading this document knows exactly what the writer wanted to happen)

The Bible has an old and a new testament, or will, of God. If you want a husband, you check in the Bible and see that it may be available to you. However, you can’t have someone else’s husband because it‘s not the will of God (he’s not on the menu). For this example, we’ll use a job. You can find that God wants His children to not be in lack and have ability to give and assist others. A job would certainly make that possible. Find the verses in the Bible that support this as being available.

3. Now you make your request known or place an order (please note that we are not ordering God around – again over-simplification). At this point, you should be saying thank you in advance for the answer to your prayer. It’s being prepared. You just can’t see or smell it yet.

Two things are required of you at this point –
1. Payment – You need to do something on your part to help this manifest. If you need a job, then you need to put in applications and go to interviews. You can’t expect someone to come find you on Mt. Stayinbymyself and move you to the big city with a big salary. There is some effort required on your part.
2. Faith – If you truly believe God has your answered prayer in preparation to give to you, you’re going to stay in line and not leave before you see it manifest. You wait patiently after your payment the same way you would for your order. Remember, the more complicated or bigger the order, the more time may be required to prepare it.

When you receive your answered prayer, you may want to rejoice, but there shouldn’t be surprise. Why?

I John 5:14-15
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

 

(Originally posted Monday January 19, 2009)


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