It’s hard to believe that the stores are gearing up for Christmas already. We’re getting close to the time of year where many people are asking for things. As believers, we understand that it’s not about things, but Christ.
Still, there are things that I’ve asked God for. One question that many people ask is; how do you receive answers to prayers? Many look to God like a big Santa Claus in the sky. We pray for things, and then get upset if we don’t get what we prayed for.
I believe that God wants to give good things to His children. Over and over in the Bible it says to ask anything and it will be given to you. Actually, if you read the Scripture, there are 8 requirements to asking anything and receiving what you asked for from God.
1. Your asking requires faith.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
This is the one we all seem to know about. You need to trust that God is able to perform what you’re asking. This is not an “I hope so” kind of faith. It’s knowing that God is big enough to take care of your need.
2. Your asking requires the right motives.
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
This is an important point. Why am I asking God for this? Many times it’s because I want the pleasure it will bring. Life is not all about me. I live for God. It’s about pleasing Him, and fulfilling His call on my life. Is that my motivation? To get answers to prayer, I need to check my attitudes and desires.
3. Your asking requires lining up with God’s will.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask — we know that we have what we asked of him.
1 John 5:14-15
This one is only met with maturity. I need to be seeking God’s will. This will only come by time in the Lord’s presence. I have to lay my will on the altar and seek His ways. Allowing the Holy Spirit to work in me is how I have the assurance that I’m asking according to His will.
4. Your asking requires agreement.
“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.”
This is an important part. I’m not talking about getting someone to agree to pray with you.
“You pray with me for a new house and I’ll pray with you for a new car.”
It doesn’t work like that. It means coming together in unity with others who know the Word of God. Then, based upon the Word, they agree with you on the above three points. They see by your witness that you have the faith to trust God for it, your motives are correct, and it’s God’s will for your life.
In my next post I’ll give the final four keys to answered prayer.
Question: Do you have some testimonies of answered prayers?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013