Prayer Changes your Situation, God Never Says No
Many people think that, as a Christians, we are destined to live a life of unrepairable destitute and inescapable peril. The fact is, every Christian can live life finding victory through God-answered prayers. Essentially, God will say yes to everything you pray for; you just got to know how to seek and pray.
The Bible speaks of this in great detail. Matthew 18:19 states, “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” Psalms 21:2 says, “Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.” John 15:16 states, “…whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you” and Psalms 37:4-5 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
I am not finished. Psalms 34:17 and Psalms 34:19 respectively say, “the righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles” and “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.” John 16:23 states, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.” Matthew 21:22 says, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive,” and John 14:14 states, “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”
Honestly, I could go all day with this. 1 John 5:14, John 14:13, Luke 11:9-10, Deuteronomy 32:7, 1 John 4:5, Matthew 17:20, Psalms 146:15-16, Psalms 107:19-21, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalms 103:2-3, Psalms 91:14-15, Exodus 15:26, Psalms 37:40, 3 John 1:2, Psalms 37:25, Habakkuk 2:2-3, 2 Chronicles 16:9, and 1 John 3:22 all substantiate this notion.
Why, then, do we not get what we pray for? There are 3 things that Christians must do in order for our prayers to be answered. The first is obey. We must obey Christ in order to receive the promises he has for us. It states in John 15:7 that “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” In addition, Psalms 84:11 says, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. “ Obedience is key, and if we obey him, our prayers will not be of wicked intention (eg, praying for 24’s on our sedan or for that woman at work to be fired). If we simple obey God, we have access to his promises, which include our prayers being answered and our desires being fulfilled.
Secondly, we must ask. John 16:24 states, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” I’ll use the proverbial phrase that a close mouth doesn’t get fed. We must get on our knees and pray fervently for the thing that we desire from him. If we do so, God will open up the windows of heaven to our requests.
Lastly, we must have faith. This one may be the most difficult, but if we believe in that God will do it, then he will. Mark 11:22-24 states, “Have faith. 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. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” We must believe that God will answere our prayer even when our situation looks bleak or doubtful. Here is our biggest mistake I think. Some Christians doubt that God can. Many Christians do not believe that God will. In actuality, and based on the aforementioned scriptures, God can and he definitely will. We just must believe both. Doing so will guarantee an answered prayer.
Now there is a caveat. It is possible that we do not get exactly what we want. But the only time this would occur (if the above three things are done) is when God gives you something greater than what you asked for. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” In some situations, you may get passed up on a job opportunity, the house you wanted, or a spouse you wanted. Ultimately, if you continue in faith and prayer, God will give you greater than what you initially prayed. Our patience and remaining faithful to Christ is key in this regard.
Ultimately, if the above 3 are done, we can have whatever we pray for. God does not lie and stands by his promises. Understanding how and when our prayers will be answered is up to Gods divine will for our prayer. If we knew these two things, there would be no need for faith. But knowing is irrelevant anyway since we stand on faith that God will do it. If we stand on this, he without a doubt will do it 100% of the time and will not ever say no to our request.