Greetings My Friends
Ask that question and you will probably get quite a few answers that are not true. It isn't that the people you ask are lying, but the fact is that many don't realize it.
One of the big requirements for answered prayer is faith. It seems simple enough. Just have faith in the name of Jesus to have your prayer answered. The Bible says so, so it must be true. What is going on when it doesn't seem to work that way?
One of the things you hear from people, whether they are on TV, or in person, is that they need more faith. People in the Bible asked for more faith, and even asked for help with unbelief.
In order to get an answer to a problem, you have to know what the problem is. If you don't understand the problem, you are not likely to get the correct answer.
To show you what I mean, let's start with one that causes problems for a lot of people. I am talking about giving. It is a tough subject for most people, but it is great for this example. The Bible says dozens of times that if we give with the right attitude, it will be multiplied and given back to us. It is the word of God. So why don't we give like other people do? Is it unbelief, or lack of faith that makes us dislike giving? Maybe it is just plain old fear that we will suffer a loss if we don't get it multiplied back to us. So which is it, unbelief, fear, or both? We won't make any progress until we are totally honest with ourselves.
That was just a simple example, but it applies to every problem or unanswered prayer. We ask God for something, and we are sincere about it. Then we start to figure that God is taking too long, or we get anxiety over not having control, so we take it back. When the problem gets worse, we give back to God. This process may take place most of our lives.
James 1:8 talks about a double minded man. The description of double minded is that the person doesn't fully trust God, so the problem goes back and forth, and is never resolved. I heard an expression that says it all. When we rest, God works. When we work God rests. When we keep taking a problem back, we go back to square one every time.
Figure out which one it is, unbelief or fear. Remember, God's plan and the answer is always better than yours. Relax and let God do it. When you figure out what your problem is, just ask Him in Jesus name to help you get over it. Then just relax and let God do it. It gets easier to relax when you see God working, and you will.
Remember Jesus Loves You
Prayer of Salvation
Father I repent of all my sins. I know that Jesus suffered and died to forgive those sins. I know that by His stripes I was healed. I know He rose again from the dead to make salvation possible. I ask you Jesus to come into my heart and be my personal Savior. Help me to live according to your plan. Thank you Lord.