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Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Jeremiah 33:3

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 1 John 5:13-15



Does GOD answer all prayers?

Yes, God promises to answer all our prayers.  The answers God gives are always the same, He says Yes, No, and Wait.

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Jeremiah 33:3

God promises that if we call Him that He will answer.

Jesus said if we ask anything in His precious name, He will do it, if we are abiding in the will of God.

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. John 14:14

Wow, how absolutely wonderful is that!!  


Why doesn't God answer some prayers?

Most of us have asked this question at some time in our lives.


God always answers ALL our prayers. 


God consistently answers ALL prayers, throughout time, ALL the same way - Yes, No, or Later


        Yes - Some people see God's answer to their prayers instantly.                   Some people may not see God's answer, so they think their prayer was not answered.


        No - Sometimes want is best for us is not necessarily what we want.  Only God knows our future and what is best for us.                God saves us from ourselves.


        Later - Some people may have NOT yet received their answer. Remember God's timetable is not our timetable.                    Sometimes God is working out something in your life, we must be patient.


God's ways are NOT our ways. 

God's answer may not be the answer we expect, therefore some may think that God did not answer our prayer. 

God knows what is best for us.  God answers our prayers according to His will, not ours. 

Always remember, God answers ALL our prayers.

There has never been a time when God did not answer the prayers of His people.

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Jeremiah 33:3

If Godís word is in you, your prayers will be answered.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7

Do you abide in God?  Does God abide in you?  Does God's words abide in you?


God answers all prayers

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

Some times we just cannot understand and say that God didn't answer all our prayers, but this wrong, GOD ANSWERS ALL PRAYERS.  

The difference is that Godís answer may NOT be the answer we want or that we expect, therefore we cannot see the answer, when it is right in front of our face.

None of us should ever think to our self that we know more than God or think that we know what's better for us than God does.

God knows everything about you and me and He knows what is best for us.


Never tempt God

Tempting God is NOT prayer.

We should never tempt the LORD our God.

Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD. Isaiah 7:11,12


Tempting God is asking for some sort of sign from God. 

An example would be, if you ask God to do something for you and in exchange you will do something for him

Sounds preposterous, but people do it every day. 

Do you actually think there is anything you could give God that He doesn't already have?

"If you are God, then do this or that" 

or "If you get me out of this jam, I will go to church every Sunday." 

The word of God calls this tempting God, and that we are NOT to tempt the Lord.

You cannot make bargains with God, this is tempting God and God will NOT be tempted.

Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah. Deuteronomy 6:16

Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Matthew 4:7


God does NOT tempt any man

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: James 1:13

Who tempts? Satan tempts. 

Do you want to be like satan or like God?  Be like God - don't tempt.


Satan tempts Jesus

In the wilderness, satan tried to tempt Jesus to yield to sin three times.

Satan said to Jesus, "If you are the Son of God, change the stones into bread".

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:1-5


Satan tempts Jesus, "If you are the Son of God, jump from this height and the angels will catch you"

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands thy shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Matthew 4:6-7


Satan tempts Jesus, "If you worship me, I will give you everything you see".

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.  Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold angels came and ministered unto him. Matthew 4:8-11

Each temptation was rebuked with the word of God. 

Each time satan tried to tempt Jesus into sin, Jesus said "for it is written..."Jesus quoted the word of God to silence satan and then told satan to go away.  And this is exactly how we are to respond to satan when he tries to tempt us into sin.

When we are tempted by the devil, we need to be like Jesus, and quote the Holy powerful written word of God to satan and tell satan to go away.

These were not the only times that satan tried to tempt Jesus into sin.

Satan will always try to tempt believers of Christ, until the end of time when God puts satan away forever.  So always be aware of temptation, so you won't stumble.  Stay in God's word to avoid temptation.

Satan has NO authority over believers because we are the children of God.

The devil cannot read the thoughts of any human being.  The devil has NO power over the children of God. 

The power of God is greater than any other power, including the power of the devil.

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4

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Whose prayers does GOD hear?

Does God hear certain people's prayers more than others?

The scriptures say, God is no respecter of persons

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: Acts 10:34

For there is no respect of persons with God. Romans 2:11

God does not hear a certain saved religious leader's prayer more than He hears your prayers or my prayers

Your prayer is just as important as the prayer from Billy Graham or any high profile saved person.

God hears all the prayers of all of His children.


Prayers of the righteous

Godís ears are open to the prayers of the righteous.

The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. Psalm 34:25

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 1 Peter 3:12


God hears those that do His will

Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. John 9:31


God hears the repentant prayers of all sinners

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 2 Corinthians 7:10


Whose prayers does GOD not hear?


Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. John 9:31

But, if God doesn't hear the prayers of sinners, then no one can be saved?   God hears all sinners prayers for salvation.  This scripture is not speaking about a sinner's repentant prayer for salvation, but sinners who are not repentant and who are not seeking God.

God knows what is in the heart of all people, who come to Him in prayer.  God knows if you are truly seeking Him.

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 1 Peter 3:12

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: Psalm 66:18

 God knows your heart.  God knows if you have a repentant heart or not.  No one can fool God.


What Biblical prayers were answered?


Biblical prayers answered

And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched. Numbers 11:2

Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us.  And Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that was bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. Numbers 21:7-9

I prayed therefore unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, destroy not they people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a might hand. Deuteronomy 9:26 And I stayed in the mount, according to the first time, forty days and forty nights; and the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also, and the LORD would not destroy thee. Deuteronomy 10:10

And the children of Israel said unto the LORD, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.  And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: for his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel. Judges 10:15,16


Hannah prays for a child

Hannah prays, asks God for a male child, God answers her and gives her Samuel.

And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. 1 Samuel 1:10,11

Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him  of the Lord. 1 Samuel 1:20

And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD. For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there. 1 Samuel 1:26-28

And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. 1 Samuel 2:1


Solomon receives answered prayer

And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees which his hands spread up to heaven. 1 Kings 8:54

And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. 1 Kings 9:3


Healing prayer answered

And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Entreat now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again.   And the man of God besought the LORD, and the king's hand was restored him again, and became as it was before. 1 Kings 13:6


Child raised from death

And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed.  He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD.  And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child: and the flesh of the child waxed warm.  Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. 2 Kings 4:32-35


Prayer heals eyes to see

And Elisha prayed, and said LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.   And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 2 Kings 6:17


When is prayer an abomination?


He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. Proverbs 28:9

A life lived to self and sin, does not please God.  A life lived forsaking the truth of God, does not please God.  A life lived in the pursuit of the things of this world, does not please God.  A life lived blaspheming Jesus Christ, does not please God. 

A life lived outside of the righteousness of God, defiantly disobeying the commandments of God, is not a life lived inside the will of God.

You can't have it both ways, you cannot live a lifestyle against God and the word of God, and expect to abide in God and God to abide in you, and expect God to hear you, it simply does not work that way.

There can be only one master, God, Christ Jesus in your life, otherwise your prayer is an abomination to God.

(Again, the prayer of the repentant sinner is always heard by God.  God knows if you are sincere, or if you are just playing with prayer.)


What about people who don't have a Bible?

What about all those people who do not have access to a Bible or fellowship with other believers?  How do they grow in their prayer life?

A person does not need to own a Bible to know God.  A person does is not required to have a Bible to be saved, because God says we are saved by His grace alone.  A person does not need to go to a church to know God.

One example of such a person is the thief that hung on the cross next to Jesus.  He didn't own a Bible, He wasn't a member of any church organization.  He knew nothing except Jesus.  By the grace of God through faith in God, he was saved that very moment, without a Bible, without committee, without baptism, without letter, without kneeling, without sacrament, without procedure, without rituals, without communion, without speeches, without prayers, without overseers, without joining anything, without paying, without works, without tithes, without anything or anyone, but faith in Christ Jesus by the grace of God alone (Luke 23:43).

All people for all time, from the beginning of time until the end of this world, have been and will be and are saved the exact same way, by the grace of God through faith in God we are saved (Ephesians 2:8).

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. Isaiah 45:22

God is able to save anyone anywhere, all we must do is look to Him and be saved, just as the thief on the cross beside Jesus, because God promises, if we have faith in God for salvation, then we will be saved.

There are many people in the world who do not own a Bible and who are saved.  These people grow in their prayer life by communicating with God and following the Spirit.  The Holy Spirit guides and directs us and shows us how to live.  God abides inside all who are saved.  

God is always with His children.  God is always listening to hear the voice of all His children.  God is waiting to hear your voice today.

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:20

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