Prayer: Believe and Receive

Believe and Receive His Will
Believe and Receive His Will

Testimony of Answered Prayers

God answers prayer when we believe in Him and have faith that He will answer in accordance with His will. People who don't have a faith in God through salvation (forgiven sin) in Jesus Christ are not heard! John 9:31 states, "We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him." Mat 21:22 states "And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." If you don't know your Lord today, I invite you to read my hub Come to JESUS: Salvation.

1 John 5:14-15 "And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him."

When I was married, my husband did not believe in God. I believe God always answers my prayers. Sometimes He answers "yes", sometimes "no", sometimes "wait". When a child asks his or her parent(s) for something, the parent makes the choice of whether or not the child's request will be best for the child. Likewise, the parents' answer will be "yes", "no", or "wait". Should the child receive "no" for an answer, he or she may become very angry with the parent. Nevertheless, the child should not stop making requests.

James 4:2 states "You want what you don't have, so you kill to get it. You long for what others have, and can't afford it, so you start a fight to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don't have what you want is that you don't ask God for it." Truly, we should not make vain, selfish requests or covet what our neighbor has.

Psalm 139:23-24 state, "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

Our heavenly Father not only cares about the major decisions in our lives, but the trivial things as well. He even shares our concerns for others in our lives. The following three testimonies illustrate His miraculous answers to my prayers.

Answers to MAJOR Decisions

In 1982 I got married and became the stepmother of an eight-year-old stepson. My husband and I planned to conceive three more children, each two years apart. A year later I gave birth to our first child, a son. Two years later I gave birth to our second son. We now had three sons. Ever since High School I hand pondered the name of a hoped-for daughter, Alicia. How could we know if our last child would be a girl? We certainly had enough boys.

My husband and I chose to rethink our plans. Adding another child to the family, especially a daughter, would pose some financial problems. First of all, a family of six could not fit into a conventional, five-passenger car; we would need a larger vehicle. Secondly, we would need a four-bedroom home: my soon-to-be teen-age stepson would need his own room; the two younger boys could share a room, but a daughter would need the privacy of her own room. And lastly, how would I be able to work outside the home, while mothering four children? Rational thinking led us to make the decision not to have another child.

I suffered much agony over this decision. Finally, I cried to God in prayer. I reminded Him of how I suffered as a child, having been abused and moved around to different foster homes. I always dreamed of having my very own family, including a daughter. I brought our financial concerns before the Lord. I even went so far as to list all the birthdays and holidays throughout the entire year to pick an "affordable" month for this baby to be born. The only "affordable" month turned out to be February. Although our decision had been made, I told God that if it was His perfect will for us to have another child, He must cause me to conceive, using the birth control method that had never failed us for then four years. I left the decision in His hands.

About three months later, shortly after our youngest son turned one, the symptoms of pregnancy appeared. Six weeks later I went to the doctor to find out a baby was due ~ in February! The forgotten prayer came back to my memory. What an awesome feeling! I finally shared the prayer with my husband. He believed it was just a coincidence. I know better. God answered every one of my requests: we moved into a four-bedroom Air Force base house just a week after applying for it; our baby girl, Alicia, was born (two days early ~ on a Sunday); shortly thereafter, we were able to afford a brand new minivan with seven seats! Obviously, God cared about this major decision in my life. 

Answers to TRIVIAL Things

Just as important to God are the seemingly "trivial" concerns we face at different time in our lives.  For instance, one time I lost my keys.  One of the keys on my keychain belonged to the base chapel where I worked.  For a period of three days I fretted and searched for them.  I finally said a prayer, asking God to show me where my keys wereIn a dream the following morning, I envisioned myself getting out of bed, opening my closet doors, picking out my blue denim skirt, reaching in the pocket, and finding my keys!  Of course, I forgot about the dream by the time I woke up.  After going about the house doing my morning chores, I began fretting about my lost keys again.  Suddenly, I remembered the dream.  I ran to my bedroom closet, found my blue denim skirt, felt the pocket ~~ sure enough, my keys were there! 

Answers for OTHERS

It's so exciting when God answers prayers. It is just as exciting when God answers our prayers concerning others in our lives, even non-believing husbands! One year my husband became an Air Force Recruiter. He would have to be working 12- to 14-hour days, five to six days per week. Being a caring wife, I desired to surprise him with a coffee maker and a microwave oven so he could take the comforts of home with him to work. We could not afford these things, so I said a little prayer as I went to sleep one night.

The next morning I discovered an extra $40.00 in our checking account! On my way to buy a coffee maker, I stopped in at a neighbor's house to discuss a problem between our children. Just before I left, I told the neighbor where I was going. He said, "I don't know why you'd want to buy a coffee maker; I've got one in the garage you can have." He THEN went on to say, "I've got a microwave oven you can have, too, if you have a need for it." I couldn't believe it! I knew God answered my prayer once again.

When my husband came home from work that day, he saw the appliances sitting on our dining room table. He asked where they came from. I told him they were his. Hi looked confused. I went on to tell him how I had prayed the night before, and today, well, God gave them to us! I gave him a hug. He had no words to say, just awe. Did he believe this was answered prayer? He didn't say. But I knew God loved him very much, as much as He loves me.

The following day I realized my husband's need for a small refrigerator. How could he take leftovers from home and not have a place to keep them? I dared not ask God for any more. He had been so good to us already. My husband and I decided to splurge and buy a small refrigerator, which happened to be on sale at a local store. After we got home, I called my dear friend to tell her all that had happened. She said, "I don't know why you bought a refrigerator; we have one here that's not being used. You're welcome to it." So, we took the new refrigerator back. Once again, God provided even more than I asked for! Ephesians 3:20 states,"Now glory be to God who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of ~ infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes."

May Your JOY Overflow!

There are many miraculous answers to prayers I could write about. Perhaps you, too, have experienced the joy of answered prayers. If not, ask yourself if you truly believe in the One who answers them. Believe in Him, whether or not you believe in your earthly father. Even if your earthly father failed you in some way, your heavenly Father will never fail you. He will answer all of your prayers. But are you willing to accept His will in place of your own? He wants you to experience the joy of answered prayers. Jesus said, "You haven't tried this before [but begin now]. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and your cup of joy will overflow"(John 16:24). 

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no body 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

Prayer does work so don't lose faith. When two agree together in Christ it is a powerful thing. Thank God for you. I love you my sister.

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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

I am so glad I have a prayer partner in you, no body. I know when two agree, like you said, He moves mightily!! We stand for our brothers and sisters, and even for those placed in our lives that are lost; for they were placed in our circle so we can pray for them!! Much love to you and yours, sweet brother.

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jesusmyjoy 7 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

If God doesn't hear the prayers of the unsaved then they would never be saved. i believe God hears all things..everyone and everything..its up to God then to respond to that person..

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jesusmyjoy 7 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

God is merciful, he won't turn others away.

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drpastorcarlotta 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

GREAT HUB!!!!! I had an answered prayer! My Mother's home going (dying). I was always afraid of my mother's dying. I thought this would be somethng that would take me over the edge. I talked to God about it and prayed to Him to help me when this time came. Not only did he answered my prayer but He honored me with her not suffering!!!! What a God we serve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Jesusmyjoy, yes ~ our God is awesome. In my case, I was reminded that the unbelieving spouse is sanctified by the believing spouse (set apart), and thus He is merciful for them as He is for us. Amen!

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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

drpastorcarlotta, I am with you in spirit as you came through this peaceful time with your mother and God's presence. I am so thankful your blessed mother didn't suffer and I know that she was and is most proud of you, knowing you are doing the work of the Father until you are reuinted!! May His Comfortor be with you especially now...much, much love to you, my sister!!!

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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

jesusmyjoy, God's Word says He does not hear sinners (John 9:31), but I do believe He hears the prayers of those repenting and crying to Him for salvation. Once we are saved, we are covered by the blood of the Lamb and it is because of Christ's righteousness, God hears us always, as our Abba, Father. Amen :-)

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drpastorcarlotta 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Thank you Judah's Daughter for your comment. I know you are with me in spirit, thank you soooo much! My soul is at rest and I thank God for doing what He did, He didn't let my mom suffer in her death. He honored me! I thank Him so and your kindness as well! Love you much!

Royal Diadem 6 years ago

I was in and out of foster care too Judah's Daughter I know it is one of the reason I am saved today, I needed someone to love me and Jesus step in and fulfil that need. I too believes that God answers prayer I am still here. Thank you my friend for another great hub!

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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Praise God, sister Royal Diadem ~ we have been lifted up by our Lord Jesus' love. Satan only seeks to devour those predestined by God to serve Him and touch lives through their brokenness, suffering and testimony of healing. God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble, amen! Our strength is only in Him and by His awesome and unfathomable grace. May He be blessed and praised forever!! Love you, sister!! Keep on praying, believing His will WILL be accomplished through faith in Him. God bless you ~ keep on ~ we are family!!

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Sky321 6 years ago from Canada

Great hub, I also pray for trivial things such as finding lost keys. God Bless

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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

That's awesome, Sky :-) And isn't it incredibile when God knows our needs before we even pray or ask, and answers them so timely? I had made a budgeting error of $400, so I was short. I accepted what I'd done, not knowing where it had happened...then, the next day I received a care card in the mail from my parents with a check for the exact amount! I had to share God's 'kiss' with them (that's what I call blessings ~ God kisses)!! Hallelujah!! God bless you, too!!

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TimeHealsAll 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

I know God's desire is to comfort us and you had the same desire for someone else and I believe when we step out in faith to do just that He answers prayer. Your desire was of love and it was unselfish. I too have had answered prayers. This happened to me only a couple of months ago. I needed money and I was going through some papers and found an envelope with 200.00 in it. About 3 weeks later I was doing laundry and found a 100.00 bill in one of my pockets! When something is needed and our earthy father is unable to provide it, maybe we are looking to the wrong Father. Our Father in heaven is able to provide for ALL our needs! Amen and I loved this hub! I love you too sis!

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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi sis ~ I'm blessed you came by to be a blessing! :-) I regret I haven't kept a journal of all the answered prayers and what I call "God kisses" along the way. Oh the miracles that happen so often in our lives...and Satan would have us forget...NO WAY!! I really am going to start a journal of these things. I guess it's because we never 'expect' these things to happen, so we don't 'expect' to have any more to write in the book? lol But there's more and more and more and more....need I say more? lol LOVE YOU SO MUCH, SIS!!!!

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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I loved your personal testimonies of answered prayer. Beautiful!

I love it when He answers prayer.

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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Awe, sister Tamarajo! And what is a testimony, if it is not shared to bless and build the faith of others? I'm so glad you came to read and get blessed! It's good to be in the love the Lord and share in the joy of answered prayers.

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kashmir56 6 years ago from Massachusetts

Very awesome hub! Prayer is the most powerful tool God has giving us, we should use it daily!

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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Yes and amen, kashmir56! I have also experienced prayers birthed from God's love and His desires placed within my heart, as I walk with Him (He walks with me). He directs and prompts me as to what and for whom to pray. What I love about this type of prayer is that I know He will accomplish these things. The purpose/end result is this: that my faith in Him is strengthened; I honor Him with thanksgiving and praise ~ and I pray that those witnessing His mighty hand will come to know Him and do the same. What a JOY!! God bless you!!

maria 3 years ago

God is wonderful he is always listening and willing please pray for me thank you god bless you

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Agnes Lepley 2 years ago from Eagleville, TN

Love your testimonies, sister! I was encouraged by them! Blessings!

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Judah's Daughter 2 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hello, Agnes! Thank you so much - Praise God! Blessings to you as well. Want to hear about your answered prayers, sister!!

Tauheedah 2 years ago

I believe in the power of prayer. This year has been full of ups and downs. And I know the Lord has been with me the entire time. I'm looking forward God's many blessings.

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C Rosendaul 22 months ago

Thank you for sharing so many specific examples of God answering your prayers. I especially like your reminder that sometimes He says, "Yes,", sometimes, "No,", and other times, "Wait." God's timing is always perfect, never slow (2 Peter 3:9). God bless!

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Judah's Daughter 22 months ago from Roseville, CA Author

Bless your heart, C Rosendaul ~ and God's will is always perfect!! Thank you so much!!

Julian Archeta 16 months ago

I want an to see if i can rent my aunt house in novenber i pray to get that house but my cousin has to get an answer from job so she can move

Ryan 5 months ago

hi their

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