The first thing you need to establish about prayer is that there are laws to answered prayers. Not all prayers are answerable. Not all prayers get an audience with God. From today’s text (1 John 5:14), one major key to answered prayers is to secure divine audience. This verse also tells you that it is only the prayer that is prayed according to the will of God that God hears. What this means is that God does not hear any prayer that is not according to His will.
1 John 5: 15 says, “If we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we asked of Him.” The opposite will also be true that if we don’t know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we don't know that we have the petition that we have desired. Therefore, once you are sure that God has heard you, then you are sure that He has answered your prayers.
In the first place, God will only hear answerable prayers. A prayer is answerable because it is the will of God. As we go on in this month, make it your goal, not to be a prayer warrior but a prayer champion who is a master at effective prayers and you will always receive answers to your prayers. Prayer is asking and it is very different from begging or complaining.
Effective prayer entails:
1) Reminding God of His promises.
2) Listening to the Holy Spirit's instructions.
3) Thanking God that He has already done what you are asking for.
4) Asking as you desire.
5) Casting your care of the answer on God.
6) Speaking the answer.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank You for I know that You hear me as I ask what You have revealed in Your word for my well-being in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Exodus 15:19-17:7, Matthew 22:1-33, Psalm 27:1-6, Proverbs 6:20-26