Your Top 7 Questions About Prayer Answered

“I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” – Isaiah 65:24

You might be surprised by the number of questions that Christians have about prayer.

Many people have questions about how to pray, when to pray, and about when to even stop praying about something.

So here’s a list of the seven most common questions about prayer and their answers.

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7.  What is Prayer?

Prayer is a two-way conversation with the Creator of the Universe. It’s a supernatural experience between a believer and their Maker; it’s the pathway a person takes to enter into God’s presence.

Our prayers are not empty words that fall on deaf ears, but direct access to God’s heavenly throne of unfailing mercy, unconditional love, and everlasting grace. (See Romans 5:2)

As Christians, we can pray to God anywhere, at anytime, and in any way! 

Prayer acknowledges God’s divine authority not only over our own lives as believers, but also over everything under the sun as well. It is our acknowledgment of His sovereignty and our complete dependence on Him alone for absolutely everything we need.

6.  Should I Pray Out Loud or Silently in My Heart?

Prayer can be done in your heart quietly or while speaking out loud. It can be done privately behind closed doors, or publicly in front of other people. You can even write down your prayers in a journal, or type them up on your computer!

It doesn’t matter which method you choose to reach God, He just simply wants to hear from you!

5.  When Should I Pray?

We pray to God not only to release whatever’s weighing us down or heavy on our hearts, but also to thank and praise Him for everything He’s already done.

He should be the first person we go to, brothers and sisters, not the last when we are facing a difficult problem.

So when tragedy strikes or when you get the answer you’ve prayed for, run directly to God’s throne, not your cell phone! 

4.  How Come God Isn’t Answering my Prayer?

If you’re a believer, there’s no such thing as an unanswered prayer.

If there isn’t any sin hindering your walk with the Lord, God does hear every single prayer you make and will answer you according to His will. (See John 9:31)

There are three ways God answers our prayers:

1.  “Yes”

2.  “No”

3.  “Not yet”

He may not give us every single thing we want brothers and sisters, but He does promise to give us every single thing we need!

3.  What if I Haven’t Received What I’ve Been Praying For, Should I Continue to Pray?

God is our Lord and Savior, not our magical genie in a bottle.

Praying in the Spirit means we pray according to God’s will for our lives, not according to our own.  

Our flesh may want one thing, but ultimately God is the One making everything beautiful in His perfect timing. As His children, we are to trust in Him completely regardless of the answer we’re given, not name whatever we want and claim it as if it’s already ours.

So continue to ask, seek, and knock through prayer until God shows you otherwise.

2.  When Will God Answer My Prayer?

Sometimes God’s answer will be immediate, but other times we’ll have to wait for His response. 

James 5:16 assures the believer, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

So regardless of how long you have to wait, don’t give up and don’t stop praying!

As Pastor Greg Laurie always says, “God’s delays are not God’s denials!”

When God closes one door brothers and sisters know that He will open another. When God tells you “no” it’s because He has planned for you something better!  

Just because the answer you were praying for wasn’t the one you were given, don’t lose heart. Stay encouraged by remembering your heavenly Father loves you, and ultimately knows and wants what’s best for you.

1.  What Should I Do if I Don’t Feel Like Praying?

Sometimes when you are going through a difficult time in your life, you don’t feel like praying.  You might even be angry at God because He could fix things for you but He is chosing not to.

The bottom line is that we need to pray to God wether we feel like it or not.  In fact, praying will many times helps us to get out of the flesh and into the Spirit.

Quotes From the Body of Christ on Prayer

“Prayer is the greatest form of worship that I can express. I can sing songs and lift my hands (which is good) but when I pray, it is because I believe that the Lord hears me. When I pray it is because I believe that the Lord can help me. When I pray I am worshiping the Lord by acknowledging that He is real, and that I really depend upon Him for everything in my life.” – Pastor Charlie Woods

“What prayer means to me is a total communication between me and my God. Having a one on one with Jesus, to get His perspective on life and handing my cares and concerns to Him because He cares for me.” – Edie Emeterio

“Prayer to me is my source of life, my power. My relationship is prayer. If my prayer life is not good then my relationship is waning with God. Sometimes I get in the rut of just praying and laying my burdens out, I just talk. But so many times God is left there with things to say. Do I sit and be quiet so I can listen to the answers? No; not often. But the times when I do pray and speak to the Lord with fervency and passion about an issue, then wait and listen for His voice, it’s like an inhale and exhale of the Spirit; as if breathing. That’s what prayer is to me…just like the air I breathe.” – Anthony Martinez

Key Takeaway

Pray to your heavenly Father without ceasing, brothers and sisters, knowing that He is attentively listening to everything you have to say. No matter how big or small your cares are, come and lay them down at the foot of His cross.

Life here on earth may never be perfect, but never forget that your God is perfect.

Nothing is impossible for you who believe, because nothing is impossible for God!

Study Verses: Matthew 7:7-8, Matthew 21:22, John 14:13, Philippians 4:6-7