Question: I believe in prayer and I’ve heard about lots of other people who get answers to their prayers, but mine never seem to go anywhere. I must be doing something wrong, but what? How can I get better results?
Answer: When you pray for someone or some situation, the first requirement is faith.“Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:24). “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). There are also a few other basic principles to prayer.
Question: What should I do if I pray and don’t get an answer right away or soon? Is one prayer enough, or should I keep praying until God either does answer or makes it clear that, for whatever reason, He’s not going to grant my request?
Answer: Prayer is an act of faith; we pray because we believe that God can and will answer. But sometimes God doesn’t answer as quickly as we would like or expect Him to, and this tests our faith. When we continue to pray in such cases—not with a doubting, accusatory, “Why haven’t You answered?” attitude, but with an “I’m still trusting You to answer in Your good time” attitude—we show God that we haven’t lost faith.
“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). The Lord once used that Bible verse to drive home a vital lesson, as well as to demonstrate His ability to give specific, immediate guidance as we listen to Him in prayer.
I needed to get in touch with a woman whose address I did not have, and it was an emergency. Every part of my being seemed to throb with anxiety. I felt as though I would fly to pieces if I didn’t get some word to her. As I prayed about what to do next, suddenly a paraphrase of Scripture came to me. Just be still. Get quiet and know that I am God.
The quieter the mind, the more powerful, the worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the prayer is.
How often do I come to God not with consumer requests, but simply with a desire to spend time with Him, to discern what He wants from me and not vice versa?