By Muoka Lazarus
Beloved, one basic truth to rely upon in our relationship with God is that as sure as we believe that God is the true God, so sure shall we also believe that when we pray that we shall receive answers.
We are encouraged to pray because of God’s readi-ness to hear. God is called the hearer of prayers, because He hears the prayers of those that sincerely seek Him—prayers that are offered with broken heartedness, in truth and in spirit and made with penitent heart, a perfect heart and with faith.
We must be assured of this as a true principle, that, even though we may not see imme-diately that the prayer is ans-wered, we must have the ut-most confidence that it is not ignored, and that it will be ans-wered in the best way to pro-mote our blessing. If the answer is delayed, it is to try our faith and see whether the blessing is earnestly desired. That is not to say it will not be answered for as long as it is made in faith, it must be answered.
James 5:15 says: “And the pray-er of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him”.
Faith is the key that unlocks answers to prayers. Any prayer offered in faith is effectual, capable and able to evoke the mercy of God to deliver and heal any person. The Lord assured us of answers to pray-ers made with true faith in God. Therefore when we pray we must have the conviction that the answer shall be given.
The failure of the disciples to heal the son of a certain man who was lunatic and who was brought to them for healing was not because of any error in intercessory prayer, but it was due to their own failure to appropriate faith in their pray-er. The case of the Shunammi-te woman will continue to re-echo. The woman armed with faith walked to Elisha and de-clared that it is well with her Child despite the fact that the Child was already dead, but be-cause she knew that her prayer of her child’s restoration would be answered, she gave a positi-ve answer of faith when asked about the condition.
In the days of Jesus Christ on the earth, a relation of a man with palsy demonstrated raw faith when they took the bed-ridden man and smuggled him through the ceiling into the inner room where Jesus was teaching so that he will be healed for they strongly believed that if Jesus would see him he will be healed. And it was done accord-ing to their faith.
Matthew 9: 2 states: “And, be-hold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.”
When you arm your prayer with strong faith, without wavering, God will surely answer you. It is your attitude and state of right-eousness that determine when the answer to your prayer will get to you. But assuredly God has given answer to that prayer of faith you made. Jesus said, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24). God is an all-sufficient God, able to supply all the wants of the supplicant if they call upon Him. There-fore, the issue of an unanswer-ed prayer cannot be attributed to God’s refusal to give answer but to our failure to do the needful during prayers. Let us never suppose our heavenly Fa-ther would bid us to pray, and then refuse to hear. Prayer is the key that opens both God’s heart and hand, yet not every person or every prayer shall find acceptance with God.