How God Answers Prayer

Prayer by a Christian

Bible Text: Luke 11:5-9

The disciples of Jesus asked him to teach them the right pattern of prayer (Luke 11:1).

After giving them a model, Christ taught them in parable how God answers prayer.

God answers prayer by persistent asking.

In his parable, Christ said a man had a visitor who came from a journey. The man went to his neighbor to request some loaves of bread to serve his friend (Luke 11:5-6).

It was midnight. He couldn't buy elsewhere but relied on his friend, whose family was asleep and didn't want any disturbance (Luke 11:7).

The man did not give up despite the several times he asked. He kept on asking and was answered by his friend because of his importunity (Luke 11:8).

Importunity is persistent asking. It involves continual praying until the answer is granted and the result is seen.

God is patient in everything. He is sometimes patient in answering prayer. We may easily give up on asking a particular thing from God, but Christ said we should continually ask and not give up (Luke 18:1).

Persistence asking is the key to answering prayer.

In another parable, a widow requested from a judge. She was granted after her persistent asking (Luke 18:2-6).

However, unconfessed sin can hinder answers to prayer. We should confess every sin because God doesn't answer the prayer of anyone with secret sin (Psalm 66:18).

God is pleased when we ask in faith during prayer. It's impossible to please God without faith. We are admonished in Hebrews 4:16 to ask with confidence (James 1:6).

Pray continually, without ceasing. To gain access to a house, we must knock. Sometimes, we knocked several times before the door is opened (Luke 11:9).

God wants our persistence to ask. We should ask in faith and the result will be granted.
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