God does answer prayers


If you were raised up in a religious home, then perhaps you began praying even before you fully understood the concept. When I was little, what my parents taught me that God is our heavenly Father who loves me dearly and will do whatever I ask of Him in prayer. Hence, I prayed for the usual: protection while I slept, provision of daily bread, good health, help with studies etc.

As a child, this was enough for me to build my relationship with God. But as I grew up, I found out that prayer entailed more. The parameters didn’t just start and end with me making requests and God making provisions for them.

I learned that prayer is a two-way conversation to draw closer to and grow intimate with Him. It’s to know Him for WHO He is; not just WHAT He can do for me. Hence this changed the perspective of prayer for me.

People sometimes ask: does prayer work? The answer is, yes, it does; however, you will only agree or disagree depending on your definition of it.

God’s answers to our prayers fall in three main categories: YES, NO and WAIT.

If we only consider our prayers to be answered when He does give us what we want, then you wouldn’t think that prayers always work. But an answer is a response to a question: not necessarily what we want to hear.

1 John 5:14-15 says: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked of Him.” (NIV)

When God says YES to our prayers, it is to satisfy us. As long as it is in line with He has in mind for you, then you shall have it.

When the answer is NO, it’s not because God just turned mean daddy on you. Sometimes we think we know what we want when in actual fact, we don’t. We make some requests to sort out some at-the-moment inconveniences or cravings but God who knows the end from the beginning, knows that it won’t augur well for us in the long run. God’s NO is to protect us.

We might not get it or appreciate it but nonetheless, we should trust Him. He knows best.

When the answer is WAIT, then kindly do just that. Blessings are pleasant because they arrive just at the right time for us to enjoy them. When we receive gifts before we are matured enough to appreciate them, we misuse them and they could become a snare to us. God’s WAIT is to prepare us for what He has in store for us.  Trust His timing. He’s never late.

God delights in giving us the desires of our hearts…as long as they align with His perfect plan for us. He is still answering your prayers, including the one you uttered right now.

© Josephine Amoako 2020

21 Comments Add yours

  1. Maurice says:

    A bless and prosperous new year to you Joseyphina. This posting is rightly put. Our concept of prayer changes as we grow for childhood. As we mature we begin to understand that we have to establish a personal relationship with Christ. The three answers to prayer always stand but as the Bible says be anxious for nothing. Once we trust His directive either yes, no or wait not being anxious we will be at peace with what He is saying to us because we are sure God knows best.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Very well said, Maurice. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. Happy new year to you too

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      1. Maurice says:

        Thank you, you are welcome Joseyphina

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  2. Miss.Kizza says:

    I know for a fact God answers prayers and prayer works.hehe. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      God bless you for reading.

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  3. Manjenjenje says:

    Thank you Josey, prayer does work and God does communicate with us, it takes listening to understand and hear his voice.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Amen to that. God bless you for reading.

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    2. God bless you❤️. I LOVE THIS. Could you please check out mine also? Just opened it and I need people to be blessed with what I do. I know God is going to do something big🙏. Thanks. Shalom 🌺

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  4. D.N.Kimball says:

    Thank you for the wonderful reminder that eve God’s no is a thing of blessing.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes it is! God bless you for reading

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  5. Manzi Daniel says:

    Very true and amazing read over there

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    1. joseyphina says:

      God bless you for reading, Daniel.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading

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  6. God bless you. I always say , God is still in the miracle business. He’s ways are not our ways and He’s always on time . No matter how long it seems, God Is always on time .

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes, He is. God bless you for reading.

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  7. Pam Faulcon says:

    Thank you for sharing this. This was my upbringing as well. I’m so glad that God is still a prayer answering God!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Good to know. Thanks for reading, Pam

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