The Significance of Faith: God Answers All Prayers

In prayer we ask and have faith that God will answer our prayers.
In prayer we ask and have faith that God will answer our prayers. | Source

Believe in the Resources God Provides for Us

Just as in the Garden of Eden, when God provided food and other comforts for Adam and Eve, God provides the things we need to survive on earth. We are not all expected to be farmers who grow our own food, or tailors who make our own clothes. Those who have the talent to cultivate food, or manufacture clothing and other supplies bring their wares to the market where we can receive provisions by others who are talented in their spiritually given gift.

God wants us to pray to Him for all things, especially for healing. He provides for our earthly needs in many ways. We are to look first to God for answers, then see what He provides in the way of help for the things we need on earth. The Lord provides fruit trees, vegetable gardens, scientists who design vehicles for transportation, mechanics who repair those vehicles, teachers who teach our children to read and write, musicians who provide music for worship and enjoyment; the list is endless.

Not all answers come in the form of a miracle. Often, the answer arrives by way of a simple solution. God also uses messengers to help fulfill the answer to our prayer. See Malachi 3:1, “See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.

God Answered Clifford's Prayers

There was a flood and Clifford did not leave his house in time to escape.
There was a flood and Clifford did not leave his house in time to escape. | Source
A neighbor stopped by with a tractor, and then another neighbor stopped by with a boat. Clifford refused help.
A neighbor stopped by with a tractor, and then another neighbor stopped by with a boat. Clifford refused help. | Source
Finally, a helicopter arrived to pick up Clifford. Again, Clifford refused help.
Finally, a helicopter arrived to pick up Clifford. Again, Clifford refused help. | Source
Clifford drowned and went to heaven.
Clifford drowned and went to heaven. | Source

The Story of Clifford

You may have heard the illustrative story of Clifford. I have heard this story told by many pastors. The name may have been changed to protect the innocent - told again here for your enjoyment…

In a state along the Mississippi river, storms can cause the river to overflow its banks, flooding entire communities. On one such occasion, Clifford happened to be home. Most of the people in the community fled to safety by leaving their homes, opting to move out of the storm’s path. Clifford waited a while to determine what he should do. After watching the water level steadily rise, Clifford decided to get in his car to leave. The water level was too high and the car would not function. With no other option, Clifford went back into his house to pray that God would save him. Shortly, after Clifford’s prayer, a neighbor came by Clifford’s home, driving a farm tractor that had its engine higher than the floodwater. The neighbor called out to Clifford, “Come on, climb aboard”. Clifford called back, “No. Thank you. I have faith that God will save me. God will make the waters recede.” Therefore, the farmer drove away. The floodwaters continued to rise until it overflowed the porch and the first floor of the house. Clifford made his way to the second floor and looked out the window to assess the situation. He prayed again for God to save him.

Moments later another neighbor came by, rowing his metal fishing boat. There was room in the boat for Clifford, and, the neighbor invited Clifford to climb into the boat. Clifford replied, “No. Thank you. I have faith that God will save me.” Therefore, the neighbor rowed away. The water continued to rise, filling the second story, forcing Clifford to climb upon the roof. Once upon the roof, again, Clifford began to pray. A short while later, a helicopter came and hovered above Clifford’s house. The helicopter pilot dropped a ladder within Clifford’s reach and yelled to Clifford, “Climb aboard. We can help you. “No. Thank you, Clifford replied. I have faith that God will save me.” Therefore, away the helicopter flew. The floodwater continued to rise well above the roofline, sweeping Clifford away. Eventually, Clifford drowned, and Clifford, being a good man, went to heaven. As soon as he found an opportunity, Clifford approached God and asked, “God, why didn’t you save me?” God answered, “I sent you a tractor; I sent you a boat; and I sent you a helicopter. You refused all of the gifts I sent to save you.”

God Heals Through People

The Bible has many stories of people who were healed simply because they had faith that if they ask for healing they would be healed. Sometimes, God works through people. He gives us the ability to be self-sufficient on earth. He gives us professionals, such as, ministers, doctors, lawyers, bankers, farmers, and so on, to help us carry on with our daily lives.

Everyone has his or her own interpretation of scriptures. Some shun modern medicine, believing that Jesus Christ alone is their healer. Believers in Jesus Christ know that the ultimate healer is Jesus Christ. However, scripture reads that Christ also has the authority to anoint servants to perform healing in His name. Read Acts 4:30, “Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” God gives us doctors who have wisdom and are proficient in healing us when we are sick.

God gives each of us specific talents and gifts and He wants us to use them for the benefit of others on earth. He gives doctors the ability to analyze ailments and devise treatments for our illnesses. If we get sick, God wants us to seek medical attention from a competent doctor. He wants us to have faith in the doctor to whom He gives the talent to heal. By having faith in the doctor, we show that we have faith in God who provides the person to heal us.

Show Faith Through Prayer

Prayer is the act of communicating with God. Through prayer, we let God know about our wants, needs and desires. We use prayer to worship God and thank Him for the blessings in our lives.

The King James version of Mark 11:24 reads: “Therefore I say unto you, what things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

Faith is believing without a doubt, that God provides for our needs. When we have faith, we live our lives as if we are already blessed with the answer to our prayer. We begin to look around us and see what God has placed in front of us as the answer. Read Hebrews 11:1, “Faith… being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you cannot see.”

God Answers All Prayers

Some time ago, I asked a friend, “How do we know when God has answered our prayer?” My friend answered, “You know it is God’s answer, because He just gives it to you!”

My friend went on to say that when God answers your prayer, it is as if the answer fell from the sky like a miracle. God answers your prayer exactly the way you need it. You will not have to make any decision but to accept what God has placed in front of you. If, by accepting the thing that you have just received causes a conflict in any other part of your life, then it is something else, and whatever it is, it is not the answer from God.

We must be wise in listening to God and recognizing what it is that He wants us to see and receive. Prayer is our connection to God. Faith is the act of believing with all of our heart, soul and mind that our prayer is answered. It is up to us to see the answer and receive the answer, once given to us.

Are there times when you have received a message or a gift that was the perfect solution and answer to your prayer?

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MarleneB 11 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

Yes, gerimcclym. God does always answer our prayers in the way that is best for us. My biggest challenge in life is being patient to receive the answer. Have a happy new year!


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gerimcclym 11 months ago from Colorado

Thank you for your very encouraging article. I too believe that God always answers prayers. It may not be in the way we hope or expect, but He always answers in the way that is best for us.


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MarleneB 20 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

Thank you, colorfulone. It is a reminder of who God is.


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colorfulone 20 months ago from Minnesota

Marlene, you are a blessing for writing this article.

God is an awesome God!


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello Mohammad Wasim, thank you for sharing your wonderful testimony of the Lord and how he fits into your way of thinking. You are so right about the things you say. Like you, sometimes I fight. It is a struggle for me when I see the harsh reality that humans bring into the world. But, keep singing, praying, and speaking praise. His presense is always here. He sees and hears us. He knows what we want and need, even beyond air and water. I wish much love and any blessings to you.


Mohammad Wasim 3 years ago from To become a good human being need love.

Marlene. I did not see the God but I feel and see him in his creation. Every single existing things are so wonderful and have their own significant way of getting food, design of their body, living and thinking arts, under the water,on the surface of earth and even under the earth. Every single thing get air to breath and water to drink. One great architect must be behind this. He is God. I do not know personally but love him and feel him very near to me. When I sing a song for him, I do not know he can listen to me or not but I get ineffable joy and internal satisfaction. I do not need any religion to know him or to learn to pray. He is my lovely God. He is my friend. He is my Lord. I can see him every where in his creation. In every breathing I say thank to air and to my Lord, which is provided me to stay on this earth. Same with water and foods. How great he can be.

The wonderful thing is that ,some time I fight with him and asking lot of things, which are happening very painful in this world. Sexual abuses with small girls,killing, acid throwing on women faces, war,hunger and lot of nonsense things. No answer but I try to search answers in myself. Human being are responsible for that .

Any how.I love my Lord.


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Thank you for your comment, Rajan. Every day I learn the value of people and how each person is in our life for a reason. I am surrounded by precious people who have been sent from above. Through them, my life is better. When I include my online aquaintances - people like you- I am overjoyed.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

God indeed has many ways of answering our prayers. This hub is a very refreshing read. We ought to realize that God sends people our way as answers to our prayers too. The only thing is to respond to it and accept it in full faith.

Voted up and beautiful.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Excellent hub of His truths. He does answer all prayers. And I know the power of faith when praying and have been healed myself. His angels are all around us no doubt, and I recently experienced those angels of His here recently since Veterans Day through the whole month of December.

Voted up +++ and sharing

God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

I am linking this to my latest.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi Mohammad Wasim, your love shines through. That is the ultimate goal in life - to love all, because as we love each other dearly, then we show love for God, as well, as that is what He desires of us.


Mohammad Wasim 4 years ago from To become a good human being need love.

Dear MarieneB,

I beg an pardon . If I did interfere in your believe.

Believe can also shows the good path and to be honest with his internal, external performance.

Some how, I believe a great Creator and I love him without religious believe.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi Mohammad Wasim, thank you for your response.

Of course, no human being has seen the face of God. And, when the Bible was written, those words were delivered to messengers from God. We relied on those words because, in those days, that was the way we received communication from God. Remember Moses? Anyway, since the sacrifice of Jesus, we now have a way to receive direct communication with God. It is a matter of semantics. Prayer is another word for "talking" to God. We no longer need messengers. We can go directly to God and talk to Him ourselves. Who says we are not allowed to talk to God? You? Perhaps, when God spoke to you, He meant for YOU to no longer pray to Him, asking Him for things. As for me, I didn't get that message, so I will continue to communicate with God on my own. If one day, God communicates with me and asks me not to pray to Him any longer, then I will obey. In the meantime, I'll continue to pray.

But, thank you for being kind and concerned. And, thank you for sharing your views with us.


Mohammad Wasim 4 years ago from To become a good human being need love.

Dear MarleneB,

Why you want to pray God? Did he says to you personally or when you was born. The parents and surrounding society propagate you to pray God according to your parents believe. God never says to you. He did not talk with any on. So, how you come in an idea that God wants that you have to pry him. He is invisible. No one knows,how God looks like. Is God a man or woman or something tremendous. Do not say please that prophets tell to pray.

They were all human being and they also did not see the

God. The prophets exaggerate the things and manipulate us to say different type of mythical stories.

Think about. Why so many religions in this world exist. Why not one ? This is one of the significant reason that God is not foolish to bring conflicts to send so many books and religions. It is people's own production. The God and Allah and so, many other names are given by human being. God did not say any thing and the earth did not care, you live or die. We have a big mouth on this earth and have been destroying the nature and other creation of our great Creator. so,do not need to fight in the name of God and on the different believe. Learn to love to each other and help to make the world beautiful as long as you live. Educate your children to give love and to receive love. Love can stop war, aggression, hates, sexual abuses, crime terrorism and the religions bring hatred.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi Mohammad Wasim. I hear your message about love and how we should let love flow freely. But... is your comment also a message to tell us not to pray to God? Are you sending a message that God does not want us to pray to Him? I seek only for clarification of the message you wish to deliver here.


Mohammad Wasim 4 years ago from To become a good human being need love.

Suddenly a black smoke entered from the edges of my windows in the middle of night. I was surprised. The first thought was, somewhere the house was burning. Immediate a voice came. I am the Creator of the universe . You can not see me. listen and do what I am going to say. You are the right person that's why I am personally here.

I was sweating and my body was shaking from fear. Melancholy voice sounded around.

"People use to say me God, Allah and some other names. These names were created by human being. No a single word touches me. All are fake and created. Not from me".

Tell the people," I need or expecting nothings from mankind. I hate when people pray to me and begging,murmuring, asking for heaven, saving from the exams in graves, the last day of judgement and more uselessness demands and stories. I never say such a things. I never feared people.I have no heaven and hell, No judgement after death. No last day of destruction of the universe. Every things are exaggeration , hallucination and a ferry tales, nothing more. I never talked..... only mankind have been talking such a fictitious things" . Tell the people ," I hate when people pray to me and begging. For every creation of mine have sufficient things are on the earth to exist. After that ,they do not stop the egoistic approaches and demanding more and more. I am fed-up completely".

I am here to say you to spread my news all over the world as a messenger, " I have been deplored and feel extremely bad if some one pray to me". One thing is clear, I did not say a single word.

The great creator further says "my expectation is only to perceive love and my creation should be deluged with love. Love must be flow like wind which converse every where in my creation. Only it makes me happy".

Now I have to take initiate to spread the message of great Creator.

The great Creator talked on a different topics . The Great creator define me the distinguish between PAIN and SUFFERING and teaches lot of things. I will proceed slowly. To consider and regard a every single creation.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hello oceansider, yes, I am grateful for the people who have come into my life. Even the people who passively interact with me provide a blessing of some sort. There are so many moments where we too can be a blessing to others. Just walking past someone and saying something positive can spark joy into their life. It has happened for me, so I try to do the same. I believe we all come in contact with people for a reason. Even when something bad happens between the person and me, there seems to be a blessing somewhere behind it. There is always some kind of growth either for the other person, me, or both of us in our own way. I'm glad to have the HubPages community as part of my life, moreover I am very happy to have you in my life. Many blessings to you Helen.


oceansider 4 years ago

Hello Marlene....This is wonderful article you have written, I enjoyed reading it very much...and it is so true...to believe and to know when God provides for us through other people, and we do need to gratefully accept His gifts when they come..like with Clifford (I had heard this story long ago, and it's very good).

I agree with you, that Jesus works through many others in our lives...He brings us together with others for a reason...His perfect will to be done...And yes, He makes so many miracles in our lives...I see them constantly!

...Very well done, sister!....God bless you, Helen


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi Dave Mathews, thank you for stopping by and for your encouraging words.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Gottabegod, thank you for reading and for your positive feedback.


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

A very interesting writing on prayer. Thank you.


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Gottabegod 4 years ago from Southern USA

Enjoyed this read!! Good hub, voted up, useful & interesting. Good teaching!

God bless!!


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Mhatter99, thank you for stopping by. And, thank you very much for serving.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

i serve


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Thank you teacherjoe52. It was such a small "blurb". Just one sentence. Your comment made me aware that I probably should speak more to giving thanks, as well as asking.


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Sorry, I must have missed that. I apologize, It is a good article


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Of course we should thank Him. As mentioned in the second to last paragraph, "We use prayer to worship God and thank Him for the blessings in our lives." I consider a spiritual gift a blessing. Thank you, teacherjoe52 so much for reading and for your feedback.


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Very insightful and well written

But, shouldn't we also thank God for the gifts He gives us?

God bless you

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