How God Answers Prayers


There is a  song that choruses “prayer is the key”. While this is true, it profits little when we pray and don’t see an answer to our prayer. God hears and listens to all prayers but doesn’t answer all prayers. This is usually because we don’t follow the right process. 

Prayer, as commonly defined by people even little children, is the act of talking to God but it is not just talking to God. It’s speaking to him the right way and following due process. 

Jesus in John 16:23  exposed the secret to answered prayer. It says, “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” 

Jesus in the verse above told us the best way to pray, which is the prayer to the Father in his name. Jesus is with the Father in heaven acting his intercessory role for us, “...who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us” (Romans 8:34).

Jesus is God, but we are to pray to the Father in his name and not to him directly. This is the due process that has been laid down in God’s government since the time Christ was crucified on the cross.

Just as it’s wrong to pray to Jesus directly, so it’s wrong also to pray to the Father without Jesus. No man comes to the Father except through him [Jesus] (John 14:6).

The Father confessed at Jesus' baptism that Jesus the Son please him (Matthew 3:17). A wife who pleases the husband can ask anything from him on behalf of the children or even other of his close relatives. 

At the name of Jesus, the scriptures say every knee shall bow and all tongues will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:11). But not every lip that mentions Jesus makes the knees of everything under heaven tremble. 

Paul was performing great signs and wonders that even materials like handkerchiefs and cloths healed and delivered people. Captivated by what they see, certain exorcists tried to do the same. They said, “We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth” but the reply they got from the evil spirits was, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?” (Acts 19:11-15).

Praying in the name of Jesus is not for everyone. For anyone to pray in Christ’s name and cause territorial kingdoms to tremble, his life must be in alignment with God through Christ. This is when he has forsaken sin and is living a holy life.

Tell your petitions to the Father and call on Jesus to plead the cause on your behalf. 

Putting God to remembrance is another key to answered prayer, “Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified” (Isaiah 43:26). This involves reminding God of his promises. Boldly telling him he said it and should do it since his word can’t lie. This you can do by opening the scripture passage while praying. 

However, consistency and persistence are required in prayer to get results. This we see in the widow who asks the judge to avenge her enemies. The judge being weary of her persistence succumbed to her pressure and granted her request (Luke 18:2-7). 

Prayer should also be done with little or no food in your body system and you will see results in your prayers with all these. Good luck!
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