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Prayer: Does God Really Answer?

Updated on June 6, 2010
Prayer Changes Things
Prayer Changes Things

I'm sure many like my self have been disappointed when they have prayed and it appears that God can't hear them or worse yet is ignoring them. But is this in fact what is happening?  If you understand that prayer is a way of communicating with God and not necessarily an entitlement process, You will realize that God does hear your prayers and is definately not ignoring you.  

Prayer is the way in which we can honestly open our hearts to God. We can tell Him our concerns and also give Him praise and honor. He wants us to pray because prayer will lift us up to a higher place – a place where we can enter into his presence. He also wants us to understand what exactly will influence the His Will. "For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor you will surround him as with a shield" (Psalm 5:12). Live as honorably as you can. Walk in righteousness. Be quick to extend mercy. Live justly for this what God requires of us.

(He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.)  (Micah 6; 8)

Prayer does not and cannot change the purpose of God. For every right and good thing we might ask for He has already planned to give us. But prayer does change the action of God. Because He cannot give to us against our will, and our willingness as expressed by our asking gives Him the opportunity to do as He has already planned. What we are asking for may not always be what God desires for us. What God has for us is so much greater then anything we could ask for.

This does not limit God’s ability or eagerness to give us strength and grace each day. God wants us to understand His love and He provides enough evidence to show each of us that He cares for us. One of the most amazing points about the subject of prayer is this: God provides for us every day, in ways that we are not even aware. In other words, if we had to pray for everything we needed, we would not have time to do anything else! God knows our needs even before we cry out and He graciously provides them. We are alive this very day, only by the mercy of God. When situations occur that drive us to petition the Almighty, God uses this to test our faith and to reveal Himself to us in intimate ways. God has two objectives in every trial. He wants to deepen our love for Him and He wants us to see how secure our life of faith in Him really is. As Job said, "Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him. . ." (Job 13:15) We all know that Job's Latter day's were so much greater and more abundant then the former day's because he yeilded to the will and purpose of God.


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      jjmyles 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      @ the real McCoy, How sad to live without faith. I feel sorry for you and will be praying for you.

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      The Real McCoy 7 years ago

      There would have to be a god to answer prayer. There is no god. Answered prayers are nothing more than coincidence. If your criteria is yes, no, or later, you can make anything plausible. Try praying for your god to regrow a severed limb, when that happens, let me know and I will convert from atheism.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      This Hub is excellent. Prayer could not be explained better than you have here. Every prayer is answered. Sometimes the answer is no. :D

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      DoesntMatter 7 years ago

      In a word, no. If it wasn't bad enough to have our first child die in utereo due to a cord accident at 26 weeks' gestation, we then lost our life's savings to greedy fertility drs who never bothered to check my husband. Finally the issue was found and treated and at 40, I became pregnant again, naturally. It was a miracle because I told DH I was DONE, willing to live childless, to get off the 5 YEAR roller coaster of unanswered prayers. That miracle turned into a nightmare when our baby was dx'd antenatally with a 1 in 10,000 chromosome issue. Almost 5 years after her brother, she was also stillborn, this time due to the massiveness of her defects which rendered her "incompatible with life". No, god doesn't always answer prayer (Man, this is gonna suck when they realize what I have in store!) and there is no quota on grief.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Very nice hub on prayer. Sometimes God answers our prayers in his time frame, not ours. We tend to be impatient and there are times we need to learn things about ourselves before prayers are answered. Good hub.