Are you in a bad place and asking, “God please help me” or “God please give me strength”? Are your prayers falling on deaf ears? There are many times when we pray to God for something that is really important to us or that is urgently needful, and it seems as if our prayers are falling on deaf ears. “Why won’t God help me?” you wonder. The reasons why some prayers go unanswered is not always apparent. But one thing is for sure. So if you are asking God please help me, you should know If we ask anything according to His will, God hears us.
“This is the confidence that we have in Him, 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 the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14 & 15 NKJV)
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Notice that this verse is telling us that we can have confidence that God will answer our prayers, if we pray “according to His will”. So the next logical question would be, “What is God’s will”? If we expect to get our prayers answered, we must first fulfill several
“When you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (James 1: 5–7 NIV)
Here the Bible is telling us that if we are double minded when we pray, we should not expect to receive anything from God. So what does it mean to be double minded? It simply means that when you ask God for something in prayer, you are hoping He will answer you, but you are not really sure that He will. That kind of praying is kind of like throwing mud against the wall, and hoping some of it will stick. Simply put, God will not respond to an ‘unbelieving prayer’. By this we know that if we expect to get our prayers answered, we must believe that God hears us and is faithful to answer our prayers. But we should also know that there are other things that can hinder our prayers.
“Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25 NKJV)
God can only show us the same mercy and forgiveness that we are willing to have toward those who have offended or hurt us. If we are unwilling to forgive those who have “trespassed” against us, God will not hear our prayers, neither will He forgive our trespasses against Him.
Perhaps the greatest reason we do not get our prayers answered is that we ask God for the wrong things or with the wrong motives.
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives” (James 4:3 NIV)
God please help me. Why do I worry constantly? My life is a mess. I’m so unhappy. I lost my job…etc. God please help me now. How can you help me pray?
How often do we pray to ask God for things related to material gain, rather than for God’s plan for our lives to be fulfilled. Jesus said the following concerning our most basic needs.
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’For after all these things the Gentiles (unbelievers) seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and ALL these things shall be added to you.(Matthew 6:31–33 NKJV)
By this we know that if we will make God the first priority in our lives, He will make us His first priority. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8 NKJV)
All of your daily needs will be provided for, and God will have his eyes on you unceasingly.
“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” ” (James 5:16 NKJV)“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry” (Psalms 34:15 NIV))
Now here’s a surprise. Being “righteous” is not about being sinless, though that should always be our goal. Being righteous is what Christ made you when He bore your sins on the Cross. All you have to do is acknowledge that fact, and it is accounted to you as “righteousness”.
And here is some more encouraging news. Jesus said that no one can come unto Him unless the Father leads them.
“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him” (John 6:44)
The fact that you are reading this now, is a clear indication that God is drawing you to know Christ, and is inviting you to “draw near to Him”
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