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One Key to Praying So That God Will Hear and Answer

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About a week ago, my daughter texted my husband and I to say that she wanted to enhance her prayer life. She treasures prayer and believes it’s “such a gift”. She asked for our ideas and input.

Because she has a really busy life (and I’ve accumulated a lot of info through the years), I told her I’d blog about it. This way she can read it whenever it’s convenient for her.

That’s how this series began.


So my sweet daughter (and friends), today I want to show you some scriptures that reveal God’s heart regarding prayer.

“I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!” Psalm 66:17-20

“If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable,” Proverbs 28:9

“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:1-2

“Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.” 1 John 3:21-22

Some really important things to keep in mind:

  • “Sin” in the verses above refers to habitual and willful rebellion against God and his ways. What do these verses reveal about the prayers of those who cherish rebellion?
  • God has created us for better things! He has given us new life in Christ. He transforms us daily so we are more like his son. (2 Corinthians 3:18) His Spirit lives in us and empowers us. We are no longer slaves to sin. We have power to overcome it! Those who have a real abiding relationship with Christ will not continue to purposefully rebel. (1 John 3:4-10Colossians 3:5Romans 6:1-11Ephesians 5:8-10).

“Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.” 1 John 3:9

  • So what should you think if your prayers aren’t being answered? Should you automatically assume it’s because there’s sin in your life? The truth is: There will always be some crumbs of sin in your life whether you like it or not. We are all imperfect human beings. When Christ returns, God will perfect us completely and we will have the full glory of Christ. But not until then. There may be other reasons he isn’t answering your prayers the way you may want him to.

Praying So God Will Hear and Answer

The important question to ask yourself is this: What’s your attitude toward sin? Are you resisting sin and temptation in your daily life? Do you love God and embrace his ways? Are you tapping into God’s power and giving him free reign as you abide in Christ – and he abides in you?

If you’re going to pray in a way that God will hear and answer, you need to deal with habitual/willful sin in your life.

This may sound like tough teaching from the Bible. Keep in mind that God adores you. He always wants what’s best for you. He has created you for greater things.

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:12

What do you think?



Related posts:

How To Pray Effective Prayers #1 (Abiding)

How To Pray Effective Prayers #2 (Delight Yourself in the Lord)


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