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God Hears & Answers Prayer
By Robert Melnichuk

Jesus prayed, "Father I thank You that you have heard Me.  And I know that You always hear Me."  (John 11:41-42 ESV)  

Have you ever battled with whether your prayers are being heard?  Well let me put your mind at ease with this Biblical premise:  Our God is a prayer-hearing and prayer-answering God.  Let me explain.  

In helping his readers understand prayer, the apostle John said, "... if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him."  (1 John 5:14b -15 ESV)

So first, the ‘asking.'  According to Greek scholar Kenneth Wuest, the text implies that ‘if we keep on asking for something for ourselves,' He (God) hears us.  So be encouraged, it's not wrong to keep on asking!  

Secondly, asking ‘according to His Will' is paramount.  Some Bible teachers believe John was not inferring that we should first ascertain God's Will and then pray, but that we should pray as Jesus did in Matthew 26:39, ‘not as I will but Your will.'  Others, teach John was stating that it is im-portant to first know the Will of God in any given situation, then, your prayer will ensure results!  Personally, I believe both views are Biblically supported.  But what comes next is most comfort-ing.    

Asking ‘according to God's Will' assures us that we are being heard!  That's right!  Our prayers are being heard and then comes the promise - ‘we have the requests that we have asked of Him."  

Finally, it's up to us to accept His Will.  If the Lord chooses to reveal His Will to you concerning your specific request, then pray accordingly until the answer comes.  If not, then pray asking the Father to act according to His Will and rest assured, His answer (revealed or not) is ‘the' answer.

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