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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’s Purpose: Peace and Life

God loves you and wants you to experience peace and eternal life.

The Bible says:

"We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Romans 5:1

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16

"I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
John 10:10

What keeps us from having the life God planned for us?

Step 2 – The Problem: Our Separation from God

God created us in His image. He gave us a will and the freedom of choice; we choose to disobey Him and go our own way—which is called sin. This separates us from God.

The Bible says:

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Romans 3:23

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 6:23

Our choice to sin separates us from God. People have tried many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God.

The Bible says:

"There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death."
Proverbs 14:12

"But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear."
Isaiah 59:2

No bridge reaches God... except one.

Step 3 – God’s Bridge: The Cross

Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave. When He did He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between us and God.

The Bible says:

"For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus."
1 Timothy 2:5

"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God."
1 Peter 3:18

God has provided the only way back to Him. You must make a choice.

Step 4 – Our Response: Receive Christ

We must trust and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

The Bible says:

"Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."
John 1:12

"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
Romans 10:9

Which side are you on? The side with Christ or without Him?

Here is how you can accept Christ into your life:

We suggest a prayer like this one:

"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?