Intercessors, this is the Key to Answered Prayers

By Akosua Frempong, Ph.D.

by Danielle Dolin

Prayer is a lifeline for every believer and the loved ones for whom he prays. Yet, we sometimes feel overwhelmed by how many prayers to pray. We know we have, aside from ourselves, our spouses, our children, our extended families, our friends, sometimes our colleagues, or even people we don’t have any or a solid connection to, for whom to pray. We have the heart of an intercessor. But sometimes, we wonder whether we’re praying the “right” prayers and whether God hears them. One Scripture always comforts my heart in this regard, and I’d like to share that with you. It’s 1 John 5:13-15.

1 John 5:13-15 (NIV) states, “I (John) write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 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.” This Scripture tells us of a principle that applies to all areas of our lives.

Sometimes, we finish praying and think, “Is this prayer answered?” When we remember this Scripture, it brings such encouragement to us. It reassures us that God has heard our prayers per His Will. We can, then, thank Him for and expect the manifestation of the answer.

We all have several examples of when God answered our prayers. In my experience, when I came across Scriptures that spoke to me about a particular issue or expectation, I prayed for them. I knew by praying those Scriptures, I was guaranteed the answer, whether that answer appeared right away or later. For some young adults, it will be praying for a suitable mate. For newlyweds, it might be the blessing of children because “children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him” (Psalm 127:3, NLT). Whichever way, and whatever your heart’s desire, when we pray, we must remember that God neither lies nor changes His mind, but whatever He says, He does (Numbers 23:19). We need to trust His character instead. In God’s perfect timing, He will make it happen and make it beautiful.

If ever in doubt about whether you should pray something, remember what God’s Word says about it and pray that. After, give God thanks. Today, I pray that we may be a people of the Word and remember 1 John 5:13-15. When we recall this Scripture, God will reassure our hearts that He answers our most heartfelt prayers when they align with His purpose. Oh, what a most blessed assurance- always- that our perfect God will perfectly answer all, not some, of our God-aligned prayers!

Akosua Frempong, Ph.D., is a freelance journalist with the Evangelical Press Association. She has worked in journalism on three continents. As part of her journalism experience, she has worked as a broadcast journalist, anchor, and producer. Dr. Frempong is an adjunct journalism professor at Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Moreover, she is the founder of Listening Ear Communications, a company that provides excellent, professional journalism to various news media organizations and publications.

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