It is God’s great pleasure to answer the prayers of His children. God knows our needs and He is fully able to supply them. He ”is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph. 3:20). Jesus said, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13).
God will send an answer to every prayer asked in humility and faith. He may say “Yes,” He may say “No,” or He may say simply “Wait.” Sometimes an answer to prayer may be delayed because a change must come about in our own hearts before God can answer. It is not the true purpose of prayer to work a change in God, but to work a change in us so that we desire “both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).
To get our prayers answered, we need to do the following:
A-Have faith in the Lord: “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says” (Mark 11:23).
B-Harbor no habitual sin: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalms 66:18); “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2).
C-Ask according to God’s will: “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39).
D-Walk in love and forgiveness towards others: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:22).
E-Persist in prayer: Jesus gave the parable of the unjust wicked judge “yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?” (Luke 18:5-7)
F-Rejoice in the Lord: “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
In His service,