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Why Pray? Will God Answer Me?

The Bible’s answer

Yes, he will. Both the Bible and real-life experience show that God answers prayers. The Bible says: “The desire of those fearing [God] he will perform, and their cry for help he will hear, and he will save them.” (Psalm 145:19) But whether God will answer you when you pray is largely up to you.

What matters to God

  • Praying to God, not to Jesus, Mary, saints, angels, or images. Only Jehovah God is the “Hearer of prayer.Psalm 65:2.

  • Praying in harmony with God’s will, or requirements, which are found in the Bible.1 John 5:14.

  • Praying in Jesus’ name, recognizing his authority. “No one comes to the Father except through me,” said Jesus.John 14:6.

  • Praying in faith, asking for more faith if needed.Matthew 21:22; Luke 17:5.

  • Being humble and sincere. The Bible says: “Jehovah is high, and yet the humble one he sees.Psalm 138:6.

  • Being persistent. Jesus said: “Keep on asking, and it will be given you.Luke 11:9.

What doesn’t matter to God

  • Your race or nationality. “God is not partial, but in every nation the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.Acts 10:34, 35.

  • Your bodily position or posture. You can pray to God while sitting, bowing, kneeling, or standing.1 Chronicles 17:16; Nehemiah 8:6; Daniel 6:10; Mark 11:25.

  • Whether you pray aloud or silently. God answers even silent prayers that others aren’t aware of.Nehemiah 2:1-6.

  • Whether your concerns are weighty or trivial. God encourages you to “throw all your anxiety upon him, because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:7.