The imprint on our coins say, IN GOD WE TRUST. Do we really? How about when it comes to prayer; do we trust God to answer prayer? Does the frequency of our prayers, as well as the subjects of our prayers, demonstrates that we trust Him to answer our prayers? It may surprise you to hear that some who profess to be Christians doubt that God answers prayer. This helps to explains why some do not pray. Why pray to God if you don’t believe He can and does answer prayer? When we make a deposit in a bank we do so with the confidence that it is insured by the FDIC. When we make a prayer deposit in heaven we can do so with the assures that it is insured by the FIH: The Father in Heaven.
REASONS TO TRUST GOD TO ANSWER EVERY PRAYER
There are many truths documented in the Bible that provide valid reasons for trusting God to answer our prayers. This of course is based on the assumption that you believe the Word of God—Holy Bible—is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:15-17). Here are some basic reasons to trust God to answer prayer:
- God is able to answer prayer: Now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ASK or THINK, according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20). God is able to handle any request you make in prayer, but according to His will, not ours. Think with me for a moment about what God is doing right now in the universe. He is maintaining the rotation of the earth on its axis at 1,000 miles per hour. The earth is moving around the sun at a speed of approximately 67,000 miles per hour. Today as a resident of planet earth you have travelled 1.5 million miles through space. For some reason we never worry about God’s ability to handle these taken for granted tasks, but when it comes to prayer we aren’t sure He is up to the task. God can handle any prayer requests—big or small.
- God has the resources to answer prayer: The Mighty One, God the Lord, has spoken and called the earth from the rising of the sun to the going down… For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine… Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me (Psalm 50:1, 10, 11,15).God owns everything in heaven and in earth. He created everything (cf. Genesis 1-3). All the silver and gold belong to Him. • God knows what we need and is able to supply it: Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things (Matthew 6:31, 32).Not only does our heavenly Father know we have needs, He will supply those needs: And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).If God can design a dragon fly so unique that NASAcannot duplicate its flight patterns, He can design a prayer system to meet our needs when we ask. Isn’t it amazing that baby zebras recognize their mothers by the positioning of their stripes; and no two sets of stripes are the same. Yes, we can trust God to answer our prayers. He is aware of those needs; we just need to ask.
- God can be trusted to answer our prayers because He loves us: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:16, 17). The apostle Paul adds this truth to how much God loves us: But God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). How can we not trust the Father who gave His only Son to answer our prayers?He can be trusted totally.
- God can be trusted to answer prayer because He does what He promises: Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You…. I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me (Psalm 57:1, 2). Jeremiah reminds us that God performs what He promises: And the land will tremble and sorrow; for every purpose of the Lord shall be performed against Babylon (Jeremiah 50:29). God is not fickle like we are, we can trust that He will not change: For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed (Malachi 3:6). • God can be trusted to answer prayer because Jesus died in order to be the Mediator when we pray to the Father: For there is one God and one Mediator between God and Men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time (1 Timothy 2:5, 6). Why would the heavenly Father sacrifice His only Son to be a Mediator between us and Himself and then not answer our prayers? Jesus is our “Lawyer” in heaven; He pleads our case and represents us honestly, because He is our High Priest and has been tested in all points like we have (Hebrews 4:14, 15).
- God can be trusted to answer prayer because He has assigned the Holy Spirit to be the interpreter in cases where we are at a loss for words: Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26).Most of us have had those times when we're searching for words to articulate our prayers to the Father and reached a point of frustration or stalling; this is where Paul says the Holy Spirit interprets our “groaning” to our Father. If God doesn’t answer prayer why has He assigned the Holy Spirit this task?
- God can be trusted to answer prayer because He cannot lie: God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent. Has he said, and will He not make it good? Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it (Numbers 23:19, 20).Prayer is mentioned more than 600 times in the Bible, with approximately 200 examples of actual prayers recorded in the Bible. If God doesn’t answer prayer, He has lied to us, which we know could not be true. God is truth! Therefore, He cannot lie. Don’t stop praying; God is waiting to answer.
- God’s ways are far about ours; He knows what’s best for us: Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon Him while He is near…. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:6, 8, 9). Most of the time we have our minds made up that we know what is best for us,but God doesn’t think like we do and therefore gives us what is best in answer to our prayers.
- God has a perfect disposition that continuously listens to our prayers and answers according to His will: I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call Him as long as I live (Psalm 116:1,2).As a mother’s ears are always tuned and alert to the sound of her baby’s voice, God’s ears are always open to hear the voice of his children.
These are only ten reasons why we can trust our heavenly Father to answer our prayers; there are many more. Our prayer relates to four major factors:
- Belief that God is
- Belief that God is listening
- Belief that God answers prayer
- Belief that God is listening and waiting for our prayers Therefore, don’t stop praying; the answer is coming. Revisit this site from time to time for additional helps and teachings on prayer.