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How to Get God’s Answers to Your Prayers

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Be right with God.

He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
—Proverbs 28:13

If our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.
—1 John 3:21

 
Memorize promises; find authority in God’s Word and faith will follow.

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
—Romans 10:17

Not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord spoke.
—Joshua 23:14

Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
—Proverbs 7:2–3

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
—Matthew 24:35

By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature.
—2 Peter 1:4

 
Be definite about what you want God to do.

Let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
—James 1:6

 
Expect from God.

Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
—Mark 11:24

Let us … come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
—Hebrews 4:16

 
Accept from God. There comes a time to cease praying because you know God has heard and the answer is on its way.

This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
—1 John 5:14–15, emphasis added

 
Stand your ground in faith and trust, even if you don’t see the answer immediately.

Not being weak in faith, Abraham did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
—Romans 4:19–21

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
—Hebrews 10:23

Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.
—Hebrews 10:35–36

 
Put your faith into action.

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man, but a leper. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
—2 Kings 5:1,10,14

And Peter said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
—Matthew 14:28–29

Jesus said to the lepers, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
—Luke 17:14

When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!”
—John 4:47,50–51

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
—James 2:26

 
Thank Him for hearing and answering your prayer, even before you see the answer.

Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
—Psalm 28:6

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have … clothed me with gladness. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
—Psalm 30:11–12

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Norwegian theologian Ole Hallesby settled on the single word helpless as the best summary of the heart attitude that God accepts as prayer. “Whether it takes the form of words or not, does not mean anything to God, only to ourselves,” he adds. “Only he who is helpless can truly pray.”
–Philip Yancey

 
 
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