Many people wonder if God hears them when they pray. They pray a prayer expecting Him to respond immediately, and when He doesn’t they wonder if their prayers have fallen on deaf ears.
Does God hear me? Does He care?
How can you be certain that your prayers are being heard by God?
The Prayers that God Hears
Do you want to be certain that God not only hears your prayers, but answers them?
Did you know that there are certain prayers that are guaranteed to get a response from God? It’s true. If you pray these prayers, you can be confident that God hears you, and will respond. What are these prayers?
The Prayer of Repentance:
This is a prayer prayed with sincerity of heart, usually by a non-Christian who has heard the gospel message, believed the message he heard, and responded by asking God to forgive him of his sins.
This non-Christian has just been made aware that he is a sinner … in God’s eyes. And as such, he is in a state of separation from God. This state of separation has left him in a vulnerable position, because if he should continue in this state he might very well die in his sins. And the Bible tells us that there is no forgiveness of sins in the grave.
Sin is something that is open for debate with the world. But not with God.
We like to justify our sins, and categorize them … lumping all the “bad” sins together, and all the “good” sins together.
And we weigh ourselves against those who we feel are egregious sinners. “Well, at least I’m not as bad as him.”
And we like to look at what we consider our “small” sins and think that we’re alright. But God doesn’t place such distinctions on sin. To Him, all sin is bad, and in essence a rebellion against Him.
The Bible tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 NASB)
ALL have sinned. That includes you and me. All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.
Why does God hear a sinner’s prayer? God’s ear is tuned in to the sinner who humbles himself, and repents for all the sin he has committed.
It is God’s desire to save all who are lost – lost in their sins. This is the reason, the Bible says, that He sent His only begotten son that all who believe on Him, should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). This is God’s great love for the world – that He sent His own son to save us.
So if you were wondering if God hears the sinner’s prayer … He does. All who are willing to come humbly to Him, repent of your sins, turn your sinful life over to Him, and receive a new life in Him … He is standing at the ready to hear you, and answer your request.
The prayer of repentance always gets a response from God.
Another prayer that God hears…
The Prayer of Forgiveness:
The image is clear.
Jesus is hanging on the cross … His hands and feet have become numb by the heavy nails piercing His flesh … The blood dripping down His body is starting dry, and clot in places … The throbbing pain in His head is almost deafening, not only from the crown of thorns placed roughly on His head, but from the hours of excruciating pain He has endured from the beatings, the pounding, the thrashing about …
His throat is coarse … His mouth filled with His own blood … when He opens His mouth, looks up to heaven, and with a hoarse voice barely at a whisper, he says, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
With these simple words, spoken by an innocent man, Jesus set a pattern that we all must follow. We must pray for our enemies, even though, often, they don’t deserve it.
Now, I don’t believe that any of those responsible for killing an innocent man on this fateful day escaped God’s righteous judgement. This wasn’t the point of Jesus’ prayer.
With this prayer, He overcame His enemies. With this prayer, He rose above hatred. And with this prayer, He freed Himself of unforgiveness, which could have made Him just as corrupt and as polluted as those He forgave on this day.
God hears us when we pray the prayer of forgiveness because we are told that if we do not forgive others for their transgressions, our heavenly Father will not forgive us (Matthew 6:15 NASB).
Jesus also taught His disciples to pray, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matthew 6:12).
God always hears the prayer of forgiveness, because it is His will for us.
The next prayer is probably the one that takes more out of us than any of the other prayers.
The Prayer of Intercession:
The prayer of intercession is a laboring type prayer. You are often in agony as you pray on the behalf of others. And that’s what intercession is. It’s intervening on someone’s behalf, in prayer, to God.
This intervention (or standing in the gap for, is another way of putting it) could be at the person’s request, or it could be at God’s request.
When you are in intercession, you have suspended all concern for yourself as you cry out to God for someone else.
This is a selfless prayer. Your concern, for the moment, is for another’s well-being, healing, deliverance, or salvation.
This is what the Apostle Paul told Timothy… This is a powerful scripture…
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 KJV
When we intercede for someone else, it is good and acceptable to God. So in other words, He hears these prayers.
Why do we need to intercede for someone? Maybe she’s in a position where she can’t pray for herself. Perhaps she doesn’t know she needs prayer. Or maybe God wants to spare her life but is looking to someone to stand in the gap for her – to be a bridge to Him for her life.
This is what Jesus is for us. He is a mediator between us and God. He stands in the gap for us … praying and interceding to God on our behalf. Jesus is a great reconciler. Making it possible for us to be made whole, and therefore, acceptable to God.
God hears the intercessor’s prayer.
I shared in a previous article how I woke up one morning with a spirit of intercession over me. Read more about it here.
These are three prayers that are guaranteed to get a response from God.
Pray these prayers over someone, or yourself, today and wait with expectancy for God to reply. These are prayers that anyone can pray. As long as you approach God with a humble heart, and a spirit of expectation, or faith in God, your prayers will reach God’s ears, touch His heart, and move His feet.
What are you waiting for? He’s waiting to hear from you!
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