Bible Promise for the Day – The Secret Behind Successful Prayer

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

I John 3:22 “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”

There is a lot of talk about prayer these days. It is, after all, easier to talk about it than to actually engage in serious praying. Even then, there is a big difference between praying and getting those prayers answered.

Christ told His disciples that there really is no limit to what prayer can do. In His example to them, no mountain is safe, because prayer can move it. This is because true prayer engages God’s unlimited power to accomplish a specific task.

Notice that there is a condition in this verse. I need to mention that this verse only deals with prayer and not salvation. God gladly answers prayer from His children who are sincere about pleasing Him. They want to obey Him and fulfill His will in their life.

All the saints of the Old Testament who accomplished marvelous things in prayer were people who wanted to please God. They sought Him and His blessing even when others around them did not. They often walked alone as far as people were concerned, but they knew that God was with them. That was what mattered most to them.

As this verse shows, prayer gets answered when there is a right life behind it. Other verses bring out a few other conditions, too, but this one is very important. He knows our life, minds, and hearts. He also knows whether we really want to walk with Him and live holy or just get His blessings.

Christian, do you pray like you should? If you are not getting the answers you seek, could there be a problem with simple obedience and wanting to please Him first of all?

Bible Promise for the Day – The Power of Prayer

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

I John 3:22 “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”

There is much that can be said about prayer. The thing that makes it worthwhile is that God hears the prayers of His children. He wants to hear them. In fact, God even identifies Himself as a prayer-hearing God.

If you think about the many miraculous accounts found in the Bible, prayer was behind many of them. The account often goes like this: trouble came, people grew fearful and then prayed, and God miraculously delivered. God enjoys answering the prayers of believing people.

Even better, though, God enjoys those who seek Him daily and want to please Him. He even tells us that He actually takes delight in the prayers of people who live for Him: “but the prayer of the upright is his delight” (Proverbs 15:8).

Too many Christians pray to be able to say they did, but they cannot really say that their prayers are being answered. Their prayers are often so general that they could not really tell whether God answered them or not. Specific prayers are needed, and we only learn how to pray right when we draw close to Him.

If we say that we do not have time – then you are just too busy and really are not interested in doing His will anyway. God has a plan for every believer and He wants us to try it out and prove that it is good (Romans 12:1,2). For those who are not interested in God’s will for them, He says: “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination” (Pr 28:9).

The above Bible verse is powerful – and plain. Take time to obey God and you can see answered prayers. What a joy it is when we see them being answered regularly! If you are too busy – that’s OK, but don’t expect your prayers to be answered, either.

The above prayer promise, if followed, would enable any believer to see the power of prayer and of God. He still answers prayer!