“When will God Give Me What I’m Praying For?”
Prayer Can Change Your Life - Part 2
Ever said the following:
"I tried prayer and it didn't work.
I had a need and prayed about it. After I'd prayed for a while, nothing
happened and I didn't see any results. I'm disappointed and I don't believe in
o If we were honest we'd probably all say there are thousands of prayers that go up but there are very
few answers that come down.
§ Why is that?
§ What causes that?
§ Is prayer fake, a superstition, something we just con ourselves into
and pretend that it works but it really doesn't?
Sometimes when we
pray, we are told to wait for answers. Sometimes we never get what we want and
we have to trust that God is doing what is in our best interests.
Are there ever times
when God does not give people what they ask for in prayer?
The scriptures show
us some times when God completely ignores some people's prayers.
The Bible shows
us that there are some conditions, some rules that must be followed if we have a chance for God to give us things we are asking
Until you meet God’s
conditions/ rules for answered prayer, you may be wasting your breath.
What are five conditions for God (to give me what I’m
asking for,) to answer my prayer?
Ask yourself, “Am
I doing the following? If not…why should I expect God to give me what I’m
asking for, to answer my prayers?”
God operates under
a certain order. He has laid it down for us and we are to follow it. We don’t do just whatever we want to do because we are not in charge!
1. We must listen
Asking means we
are also listening.
The Word of God
is His Words spoken, so when we read it, We are hearing what He has to say.
my words remain in you
We must truly listen
and what the Bible says becomes part of who we are.
God requires that we listen to Him first before He listens to us.
o If I don't pay attention to what God says to me in His word, why should He pay attention to me when
I talk to Him?
o If I ignore His word, why should He pay attention to what I say to Him?
§ He tells us to listen first because if we listen, we will…
· Know what to ask for
· Know what to not ask for
o Often, we beg and plead God for things He already said the final Word on!
§ EXAMPLE: Like the goober who never listens to the teacher and asks the
2. We must be right with God
this is a picture of the opposite of someone who remain in Jesus and gets
their prayers answered
That is the problem
with human nature:
We often do some things to break our relationship with Him.
The same thing that
separated us from Him in the beginning is the same thing that will continue to separate us from him in the future…sin
Do I or have I refused
to admit things that I have done wrong in the past?
I have unconfessed sin. It may be an activity, an attitude, a habit. When we
go our own way, do our own thing, it breaks the connection between us and God.
What can we do about
1 John 1:8
Repent and go the other way/ make things right
3. We must have the right motives
Why you pray is
more important than what you pray for.
Is it possible to
pray for the right thing with the wrong motive? Sure.
We can pray for
what we need and what we want. However, are you willing to share your blessing
with other people or are you going to horde it all to yourself?
God is not interested
in simply satisfying our selfishness.
This life is temporary. We must invest in the eternal. The things
God gives us often is meant for someone else, to bring someone else to Jesus.
1 John 3:21-23.
What are His commands?
1 John 3:16-18
We are a ditch. Plug up the ditch and God (the water) will find another way to go…around you!
When you plug up
a ditch you kill everything downstream of that ditch.
4. We must get Jesus’ permission first
Jesus tells the
disciples He is going to the Father soon, but He gives them a powerful promise.
Some people end
their prayers like a spiritual sign off. CB sign off -- "Ten-four, good buddy."
Some people think
"In Jesus' name" is kind of a mystical password that gets you into God. Like
the secret word. "Here are all my requests. By
the way -- codeword: In Jesus' name."
What in the world
does it mean to pray "In Jesus' name"?
A. We can only talk
to God because of what Jesus already did for us on the cross.
I don't have
any right to get any answered prayers from God. God doesn't owe me anything. I owe him a lot but He doesn't owe me anything.
When I come and pray and ask God for requests, I don't ask on my own merit but I come on the merit of Christ. I come and say, "Father, I'm coming to You because Your Son said so. I'm coming because of what Jesus Christ has already done for me on the cross and He's promised and He said
I can ask in His name. God, I'm coming in Jesus' name."
is the bridge between God and man.
John 14:6. Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth,
and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
B. We are asking
on His behalf.
tells us what to ask for
know what He would want us to ask for
We do what
we know He would approve of. It falls in line with His character….And guess
what? You can’t fool God, He knows His Son pretty well.
take some time to get to know the son so you can know what to ask for.
1 John 5:14-15
will in His Word and then stand on it!
5. We must believe (have faith)
Hebrews 11:6 says,
"Without faith it is impossible to please God."
If you ask in His name, he has told you to ask so there is no reason to
believe it wont happen.
Sometimes this means believing in faith that God is who He says he is and
can do what He says he can do (That’s faith) and yet leaving the results up to Him (That’s trust)
Matthew 9:22. A woman with a blood disease is healed because of her faith
Luke 18:42. A blind person receives his sight because of his faith
Matthew 15:28. Jesus casts a demon out of a lady’s daughter because of her faith
we should expect wisdom when we ask for it because he promised He would
give it to us
When He promises it, we have faith in His promise
God wants us to
ask what we are supposed to ask but he also wants us to know that He will take care of it, He will do what He promises to