1 John 5:15, "If we know that he hears us," then we have the confidence that "we have what we asked of him."
But how can you have this knowledge, which is such a key condition of seeing prayer answered?
1. You have the assurance that God is a prayer-hearing God. David prayed with the assurance, "The LORD will hear when I call to him" (Ps. 4:3). Micah testified, "As for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me" (Mic. 7:7).
This assurance upheld Moses, the prophets and the heroes of faith of all ages. God always hears us! Such faith anchors your soul, fires prayer passion, and puts unwavering determination into your will.
2. You may know that you are asking in accord with God's will. Some prayers are always according to His will—the salvation of the sinners (2 Peter 3:9), the blessing and revival of the church, the glorifying of God's name.
I call these "always prayers." But there are some prayers we are not sure of—the healing of a particular sick person at a particular time (James 4:15).
3. At times you know because of an inner assurance. This sense is based upon God's clear guidance, answered prayer, providence in a related aspect of the situation, or a deep inner peace in regard to that for which you pray.
God grants a special inner assurance in your heart when you have been prevailing in prayer. Some people call this experience "praying through."
Sometimes this assurance comes very quickly. You just know within your heart that God has heard and answered. At other times this inner assurance comes after long prayer or united prayer by several of God's children.
Perhaps after hours or days of prayer, the Holy Spirit suddenly reveals that God has granted the request. It is as if God said in clear tones,
"Your prayer is heard, and your request is granted."
Such assurance is the experience of "most men to whom prayer is the basis of their life....It occurs again and again." Goforth of China testified to the same clear assurances. (Unknown Christian, Kneeling Christian, p. 43)
Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana
#55 How to Know God Hears Your Prayerby Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
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Let's pray- Father, in times of prayer, I ask that You help us keep focused on You, as we tend to wander in our thoughts, not really concentrating on what You may want to have happen.
Enable us to be sensitive to the inner thoughts You give us, as to Your involvement in our prayers.
We look for the peace which comes when we know You're working on our request, and when You have given us the assurance that it's taken care of.
For Your praise, let us be faithful to believe You hear us, and that we will see You answering many prayers.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Today's Bible verses-
(Ps. 6:9 NIV) "The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer".
(Ps. 120:1 NIV) "I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me."
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