by Joe Alain

Prayers That God Answers (Assurance of Answered Prayer)
Joe Alain
John 16:24

"Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete." John 16:24

One of the great blessings of knowing Christ as our Lord and Savior is to know that we have access to God the Father. We have an audience with the King of Kings! Paul described this privilege of prayer. "For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit" (Eph. 2:18). And "In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence" (Eph. 3:12). God wants you to have the assurance that He does care about you, that He does hear you, and that He will answer your prayers. The truth of our Scripture today is that God does answer prayer.

How can we know that God is hearing our prayers and that He will answer them? What kind of prayers does God answer? Today, I want to share with you the kinds of prayers that God answers.

God answers prayers that are . . .
1. Prayed – "Ask and you will receive"
This sounds pretty simple and it is, but for God to answer prayer, the prayer must be prayed (see Jas. 4:2). God knows all about you and He knows what you need, but He wants to hear from you. There is something about voicing our concerns to God personally. God does things in response to our prayers that He would not do otherwise. God answers prayer, our we praying? Our Scripture lays down this timeless principle of prayer, God wants us to "ask" (Jn. 16:24). Why is prayer important? Through prayer, God accomplishes His purposes in us and completes our joy. Prayer is vitally connected to our fullness of joy. Apart from prayer, our joy will be incomplete.

Notice the phrase, "Until now you have not asked." Jesus is not chastising the disciples for not asking in His name. Jesus was saying that up to that time, the disciples’ had not prayed in His name. Because Jesus was with the disciples in the flesh, there was no need to ask in H ...

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