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Does God Answer Prayers?

The short answer is yes! God wants you to bring your concerns to Him, and He has promised to listen when you do.

In the Bible, there’s a book called Psalm. In it, a man named David wrote, “As for me, I call to God … and he hears my voice” (Psalm 55:16-17). God not only hears, but He is eager to respond.

So does prayer work? Why does it seem like God doesn’t hear you? How do you really know if He does?

Sometimes, our prayers may seem to go unanswered because God is keeping us from something that isn’t best. He may answer prayer with a “Yes,” “No” or “Wait.” That might not be what we want to hear, but we see only part of the picture where God sees all of it.

The most important thing, however, is that we all have a problem that can hinder our prayers, and we have to deal with that first. That problem is called sin.

Sort of like weeds choke out a plant, sin keeps us from getting the light – the answers we need from God. Sin is anything we do or don’t do that goes against God’s moral standard. It’s falling short of His perfection. Like two cliffs with no bridge between them, sin always cuts us off from God. And we’re all guilty of it.

Whether it’s a crime or bad habits, jealousy or putting material things before God, sin pollutes our souls. That’s why Jesus Christ came to this earth, to take our sins upon Himself so we can be made clean inside and be in relationship with God.

He spans the gap between those cliffs and reconnects us with the God who made us and loves us. Through Jesus, we become friends with God again, and in friendship He listens to us and cares for us.

When we consider whether God is hearing us, the first and most important question is whether we have a relationship with Him. Prayer is not just getting or asking or even demanding. Prayer is conversation between God and those who know Him.

Do you know that you need God’s forgiveness? Do you believe that the only way to receive it is to know that Jesus has taken the punishment for your sin so you can be forgiven?

Consider this invitation and ask God today.

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?