Have you ever felt like your prayers are not being heard? You pray for peace, healing, or financial provision, but it seems like nothing happens. You press in deep with fasting, dedication and devotion, but still, the response is painful silence. You start to question, “Why should God answer my prayers?”
That’s actually a really good question. Why should God answer your prayers?
Think about it for a moment. Stop reading this message, get a piece of paper and write down why you think God should answer your prayers.
Do any of these sound familiar:
- I prayed for a long time.
- I fasted when I prayed.
- I have been very devoted this week.
- I really meant it when I prayed.
- I repented of all my sins.
- I ended my prayer with “in Jesus’ name”.
- I’ve done lots of good things this week.
While these sound good and important on the surface, these are not reasons why God should hear answer our prayers.
Prayers don’t move God
That sounds wrong, doesn’t it? We’ve been taught to press in, intercede and “move heaven” with our prayers, but I don’t believe it’s scriptural.I don’t believe we can move God with our prayers, because God already moved on our behalf 2,000 years ago when Jesus died on the cross. Everything that we can ask for today was provided through Christ: salvation, healing (physical and emotional), freedom, provision, and deliverance.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3, emphasis mine).
We should pray that God will open our eyes and renew our minds to what we already have in Christ.
You will never be good enough
Often when we pray, we feel like our prayers are heard more when we’re doing good and less when we’re doing bad. When we sin, we rarely go to God in prayer thinking that our mistakes will hinder our prayers. We believe that our good works please God and that our sin displeases God.
There’s only one thing that pleases God: faith. Believing pleases God.
“Without faith (believing) it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
So, what do we need to believe? We must believe that…
Only Christ is good enough
No matter how hard we try, we cannot be good enough.
“There is none who does good, no, not one” (Romans 3:12).
That is why God sent his Son into the earth. Jesus was the perfect, sinless sacrifice (Hebrews 7:26). Through his life on the earth, he fulfilled all requirements of the Law (Romans 8:3-4).
Only Christ is good enough.
In Christ, God hears our prayers
When we receive Christ into our hearts, we immediately receive his righteousness, his goodness. God takes our sin and replaces it with the righteousness of Christ. Here’s how 2 Corinthians 5:21 describes it:
“For [God] made [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
In Christ, God only sees our goodness. That is why we should pray for God to renew our minds and transform us from the inside out (identity) not from the outside in (actions).
For God to hear and answer your prayers, remember these two things:
- Put your faith in Christ. Start by making that heavenly exchange (replacing your sin with Christ’s righteousness).
- When you pray, do not trust in your ability to do good. Trust only in Christ’s goodness.
In my own life, I have seen an incredible transformation from fear to peace. It did not come through great Bible studies, long periods of fasting or doing good in my life. It came from putting all my faith and trust in the goodness of Christ.
Prayer: Father, open my eyes to this truth that answered prayer comes through the goodness of Christ. Help me see that I am righteous in Christ.