Does God answer prayer?

Have you ever wondered this? It is likely that whether you are a Christian or not, you have asked this question at some point in time. Maybe you thought it during a rough family time when you found out that someone you love has cancer. Or maybe you thought about it during a stressful personal time when you wondered if life is worth living.

Does God hear me? Does He care about me? Does God answer?

Is God ListeningThese questions are hard and they are real. The answer is is a resounding yes. God hears, God cares, and God answers. I think where the hang up so often comes is God answers in a differentway, on a different timetable, and with a different response than we most often want. It could be that we too often pray with our own selfish interests at heart, not understanding fully what prayer is supposed to be like. Prayer is communicating with the Creator of the Universe, the Father who sent His only Son to die for you and for me, the Son who gave His life willingly, the Holy Spirit who guides and directs and dwells in us when we are saved.

Luke 1:13 records this:

But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John.

Zechariah and Elizabeth were “advanced in years” and “Elizabeth was barren” (Luke 1:7). They didn’t have children, because Elizabeth was barren. They were also “both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord” (Luke 1:6). The Bible doesn’t record how long they had been praying for a son, but I would be willing to make a strong suggestion that Zechariah and Elizabeth prayed more than once for it. I would be willing to make a strong suggestion that they prayed over and over for an extended period of time, probably even many years.

Doesn’t this sound comforting? God answers prayers, but it may take decades to receive the answer. Not the kind of thing we want to hear or believe, is it? And yet it is the truth. Because prayer is not about my wants and my desires, but it is about God’s glory and God’s kingdom and me having the opportunity to come alongside that for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel, that Jesus Christ came to this earth, lived a sinless life, was tortured and crucified and killed, buried, and rose again from the dead three days later to conquer sin, death, and hell!

woman praying silhoutteThe next time you pray, pray with passion and purpose and perseverance. Do not give up in prayer. Keep going at it. God always answers. Sometimes He answers right away, sometimes a short time later, other times many years down the road; He might answer with a yes, a no, or a not yet, but He always answers. Don’t give up. Be faithful in prayer and be faithful in relationship with Jesus Christ.

God hears you. God cares about you. God loves you. God answers prayer.


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