3 Ways Believers Can Ensure That They Receive Answers To Their Prayers

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Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:24)

These words of Jesus reveal to us that His utmost desire for us as His children is that our joy may be full. He doesn't just want us praying, He wants us to receive answers to our prayers so that our joy can be full.

Evidently, Jesus was speaking out of an understanding of what it feels like to pray and not receive answers. He knows what a disappointment it can be when you keep asking and asking without necessarily receiving.

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Why Prayers Go Unanswered

As much as we would love things to be different, the fact is that many more prayers said by believers go unanswered than the ones that get answered. This is not because God is selective and unwilling to answer; rather it is because believers haven't learned what it takes to get God's attention in prayer.

You see, He is a God of principles and not sentiments. So prayers aren't necessarily answered because we cried when we said them; neither are they answered because we are holy and righteous people. There are conditions and factors that must be in place for prayers to be answered, and the Bible is clear on them.

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The following are three of the major things we need to know and apply if we are going to have an effective prayer life as believers in Christ Jesus.

1. You Need To Know The Word Of God

You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. (James 4:3)

In as much as God is interested in you asking and receiving, the Bible shows us that there are boundaries, within which our asking can be considered as okay. Asking for something that is outrightly against the will of God revealed in scriptures is completely out of the question.

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So, except you have a fair understanding of the will of God as revealed in the scriptures, you will be left in the dark as to whether or not what you are asking for is in line with His will.

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This is the reason your prayer life can only be as effective as your Bible study life. The more you study the word of God and meditate on it, the better acquainted you are with His will and the more effective your prayers will be.

2. Ask In Faith

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Heb 11:6)

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Prayer is in a sense drawing near to God for His help and support over a condition, for which we require assistance. Yet, many times, believers draw near to Him without observing the very first rule of coming to God, which is faith.

You see, in order to get the most out of God and prayer, the Bible states that we must believe two vital truths:

I) God Exists

If you are praying, it is very likely you already have the first part settled. Otherwise, you wouldn't be praying in the first place.

II) God Rewards Those Who Seek Him

The second and most important part is that you must also believe that God is a rewarder of those who seek Him. You must settle it deep down in your heart that God is willing and able to do what you are about to request for.

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Praying without this assurance is a sure recipe for getting no answer.

Everything you ask for in prayer will be yours, if you only have faith. (Mark 11:24)

3. Focus on The Answer Not The Problem

This is often where most people miss it. They pray in line with God's word, have faith that God will answer, even feel like God has answered, but then, the reality of their situation steers them in the face.

Its been days, weeks, or even months, and they haven't seen the manifestation of what they prayed for; then, they develop panic attacks and literally uproot the seed of their prayers with their own hands.

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Speaking about Abraham, whom God had promised a child and was now close to hundred years old, the Bible says:

He never doubted that God would do what he promised. He never stopped believing. In fact, he grew stronger in his faith and just praised God. (Rom 4:20)

Abraham's strategy was to focus more on the promise of God than on the situation he wanted to change. That is exactly what you must do to have an effective Christian life. Once you have prayed, believe God for an answer and never allow doubt rub you of the manifestation.

Applying these three steps can very easily skyrocket your prayer results going forward. So go ahead and put it to work now.

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