Prayers God Answered in the Bible Is Amazing Motivation!
One of the greatest motivations of praying is that we know that prayers come with answers. The Bible is our go-to manual as Christians; it is filled with the marvellous works of God. The stories of miracles, sign and wonders recorded in the precious word of God gives us hope that surely our God answers prayers. It is powerful to know prayers God answered in the Bible.
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We will be examining 3 examples of prayers God answered in the Bible through the Old Testament:
In the book of 1 Samuel chapter 1 we read about the story of Hannah, she was greatly troubled and sought the Lord for a child.
“In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. And she made a vow, saying, “ Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”
1 Samuel 1:10-11
From this verse of the Bible we saw that Hannah had total reliance on God, there was no other option. There was nowhere else to get help but from God. She also made a vow to support her request.
In verse 18 we saw that her face was no longer downcast because she trusted that God had answered her prayers. She had an inner peace that was anticipating a miracle.
Yes! God did it!
“So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.” 1 Samuel 1:20
I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. (Verse 27)
Are you trusting God for something that is bothering your heart? Like he did to Hannah, God will settle your case.
In the book of 1 Samuel chapter 30 we read of how the Amalekites invaded Ziklag, they destroyed it and took away their wives and children.
“When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So, David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.” (1 Samuel 30:1-4)
There are situations that causes even men to weep! But David strengthened himself in the Lord amidst criticism from other men as seen in verse 6.
In that state of confusion and chaos you find yourself: Strengthen yourself in the Lord.
“David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.”
David then took an important step, to inquire from the Lord. It is very vital to seek God the face of God in all endeavours. If he is leading us, success is inevitable.
And David inquired of the Lord , “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.” (Verse 8)
A word from the Lord validates a testimony! It doesn’t matter how long it takes, it will happen.
And Yes God did it! (Verse 18-19)
David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back.
Have you lost anything in the course of your life (opportunity, time, resources etc.) Like David recovered, you will recover them all in Jesus name.
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In 1 Chronicles 4:9 The Bible recorded that Jabez was more honourable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.”
In verse 10, we saw how Jabez called out to God for blessings and again God answered him.
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. (Verse 10)
Are you seeking for a change in status, have you been labelled with a wrong name or are you seeking blessings from God, ask him like Jabez did! He will do it.
In Matthew 7:7 the Bible says we should ask and it shall be given unto us.
Prayers God Answered in the Bible: New Testament
We will be examining 3 examples of prayers God answered from the new testament:
In the book of Luke chapter 1 we saw the story of Zachariah and his wife; they were righteous before God and they were very steadfast in their service to God even though they were trusting God for the fruit of the womb. They didn’t allow their situation stop their ministerial assignment.
In verse 13-14 he had an angelic visitation that confirmed they have been praying.
But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth.” (Luke 1:13-14)
If you are trusting God for a miracle in any area and it seems as though it’s not going to happen, be encouraged by this story. Zachariah and wife were old, but God still showcased his glory by giving them a special son who came to prepare the way for our Saviour.
Continue to be steadfast! I pray you get an angelic visitation with good news in Jesus name.
Paul and Silas
In the book of Acts 16:25-27.
We saw how Paul and Silas were persecuted and put in prison. In prison they were not dejected! They didn’t complain! They didn’t feel defeated! They praised God instead.
How easy is it for us to pray today when we are facing challenges? Do we look at the problem or do we look to God?
Paul and Silas modelled to us an example of what we could do in verse 25.
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.”
Heaven saw the state of their heart. Their prayers reached the heavens and there was a response.
“Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.”
Are you being held bound by addictions, has your heart been captured by worldliness, are you currently in a physical or spiritual prison, the Lord is able to set you free. He will set you free in Jesus name.
The Early Church
In Acts 4:23-31 we read how believers prayed to God for boldness to be able to continue the great commission despite threats and intimidation from oppositions.
“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness” (Acts 4:29)
God again answered them in verse 31
“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”
Are you facing challenges, threats or opposition in your ministerial assignment/calling or other areas of your life? Seek God earnestly in prayers. You will win!
Are you too timid or ashamed to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ? Receive boldness in Jesus name.
How to Know God Has Answered Your Prayers
He speaks to you by saying YES, NO or WAIT
For prayers that are in alignment with his will (1 John 5:14)
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
For prayers outside his will e.g. praying to harm someone else James 4:3
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
As seen in the story of Abraham and Sarah. God in Genesis 17 established a covenant with them and promised them a child, the child didn’t come until the appointed time (Gen 18:14).
“Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
Don’t give up! If the Lord has given you a word! He will surely bring it to pass. Heaven and earth may pass away, but God’s Word stands sure.
He confirms through someone else
God can confirm that he has answered your prayers by speaking to someone else regarding your situation. It could be your pastor, mentor, friend, spouse etc. A Biblical example to site is the story of Cornelius and Peter in the book of Acts chapter 10.
I encourage you to remain steadfast in the place of prayer! God is a prayer answering God. Stay blessed!
Your Turn- How Can Prayers God Answered in the Bible Change Your Prayer Life?
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