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Knowing God Through Answered Prayer - Steps 1, 2, 3

God has heard your prayer and laid out your answer for you to live through.
  1. How does one get their prayers answered?
    Quick answer: God heard and answered, already.
    - 1 John 5:14-15
    - Mark 11:24
    - Isaiah 65:24

    Long answer:
    One has to "make a request" and continue making the request over and over and over. Eventually you realize that your request focused on what you want.
    Is what you want really the best for you?

    Then you have to understand that The Father already knew about the request before you started. At some point you need to stop pushing your own agenda and fully release the results over to God and KNOW that your request has already been fully answered.

    So we should pray as Jesus instructed us to.

    At the one instant that you fully release your ego from the results the Father will instantly fill your mind with relief. Usually, you get the relief and "knowing He has heard you" and your eyes open in search of His answer to your prayer that He planned out long ago.

    So the next passage explains why this happens:

    John 3:21
    But whoever practices the truth
    comes into the Light, so that it may be
    clearly seen
    that what he has done has
    accomplished in God.

    Practice the Truth that God knows you full and knows fully what is best for your life.
    Do this and He will open your eyes to His answer for you. It is done. It is a done deal.

    I've reached the point of fully removing my ego from the prayer a few times, but the results where quite dramatic as if God has reached in and changed the world around me, it seemed.
    The landscape and the weather changed in one instant, one time. While I was flooded with relief of "It is Done" the clouds cleared, the rain ended, and the place my wife and I needed to be suddenly appeared. We got out of our car into sunshine after hours of pouring rain.

    On continued analysis in the years since, what I discovered was that God had changed my prayer to match was about to occur and made sure the timing was correct, just to let me know He was there.

    In one case, I needed dramatic help.
    In another, my wife needed dramatic help.
    In another, the request was stupid, but still granted.
    The commonality between all events was the total release of the request from my ego that called for me having control over the outcome.

    This is the method needed to allow the Spirit in: Suppress your desire to control the outcome and even your insistence on controlling the request.

    The Father already heard your past and future prayers before He formed the World. Then He set up the entire world to answer each one of your prayers and conversations with Him.


    He then set up the entire world to answer each one of your prayers and conversations with Him.

    Now, all one has to do is trust His judgment to either get their prayer changed, or their prayer answered as He wills it. But on the occasion of true surrender, He steps in AS IF with a magic wand and grants your prayers.

    On one occasion, God answered my prayers weeks before I prayed for somebody else's benefit. He then handed me the prayer in those minutes before answering it just so I would know He was with there and was the "God With Us". He fill my mind with the message "It is Done."

    Now...skeptics have informed me that of my thousands of prayers, I only recall the 3 answered ones. That's not the case. I only remember the times that I totally committed the outcome to God and KNEW that my prayers were answered, well before they were answered. God mentally informed me that He had taken care of my problem. Then He took the next few minutes to show me what He had already done hours or weeks before.
    And this explains that:

    Ephesians 2:10
    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
    which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

    Getting prayer answered is as simple as looking forward.

    Mark 11:24
    Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer,
    believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
    (It is done.)

    Jeremiah 33:3
    Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
    (It is done.)

    Matthew 6:5-8
    “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

    Colossians 4:2

    Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
    (It is done.)

    Matthew 7:7
    “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (It is done.)

    John 9:31
    We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.

    Psalm 55:17
    Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice.
    (It is done.)


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  1. Kevinw05
    Oh the plot twists and deepens. I understand...
  2. DennisTate
    So true! In my sixty years I have had so many shockingly powerful answers to prayer that I am still in a state of awe over the implications of what has been done for everybody in my family and for so many of our friends and neighbours!
  3. tryphena rose
    This is very inspiring Sky, thank you. I tend to struggle with letting go of control of the situations I find myself in far too often, and the Lord has shown me that I need to surrender control to Him but I haven't quite gotten into the full swing of it yet. On instances were I have however, wonderful things have happened.

    The verses you left here have filled me with lots of peace. Again, thank you and many blessings to you.
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    1. SkyWriting
      Wonderful things were already about to happen. The difference is that through prayer we can be thankful even if the result is contrary to what we expected. Faith is what allows us to give God credit for being a BIT more farsighted than us.
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  4. Neogaia777
    I have a plan or agenda to go out and "do" and watch and see what happens, right now, and I want my actions to be like prayers maybe...?

    Excellent words by the way @SkyWriting

    God Bless!
    1. SkyWriting
      I like your idea. God wants prayer more than anything else.
  5. Neogaia777
    Now all one has to do is trust His judgment to either
    get their prayer changed, or their prayer answered
    as He wills it.

    This is much easier when you talk so much and about so much with Him that you can't possibly remember it all all ever, but it seems to always be there when you need it, cause maybe He brings it up, kind of thing, or when you know or realize He did bring it up, and planned it all, all of what was going on what was being talked about and/or words that were said, ect, from before the time you were ever learning about it or were asking for it, or were talking about it, and most of that you forgot or forget anyway...

    He can do that, among many other things that is... Plan it, or orchestrate it to be, ect...

    Awesome words in your post above!

    God Bless!
  6. Bugeyedcreepy

    Why not just adopt an internal locus of control and do the job yourself? I get by very well with this. I don't rely on external influences to get the job done for me wherever possible. Where it isn't possible, I work around it as best I can. Where I can't work around it, I accept or deal with it, and move on.

    I've achieved quite a lot in my life, I've travelled a great deal, and have many friends and family that share in the turmoils and successes I experience in life, as I do theirs. I have a great career and have been fortunate in health and happiness to enjoy the fruits of that labour. None of this happened by Prayer.

    This philosophy has done a great many things for me, and helped me achieve what I have for myself and others around me deal with the things I haven't any control over along the way.

    In trying times, I understand that religious people pray to help others, but the truth is, every time Prayer is tested, the results are no better than chance. If you have to follow such a convoluted and harrowing path to answered prayer (which as I understand, can still be "No" or "Not Yet" as well as "Yes", right?), then why not just divert the time you would spend praying about something, to instead do the work yourself and not hope that your prayers get answered in your absence?
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    2. Halbhh
      About your idea of only luck or 'chance' -- that's *exactly* what I thought....for a while...until the record of the very lucky (like having a lottery ticket win over $10,000 each time) became a string of more than 10 out of 10, a 100% rate of always-works. Then I could no longer rationally wonder if that was 'chance' anymore.
    3. SkyWriting
      There is never a bad time or bad reason for prayer. God honors every prayer where you turn the results over to Him to fulfil. God knows about your prayer before you do and answers it fully before you even produce it. The trick is to be open to his message assuring you that He heard and has it all taken care of. Jesus lived in this state continuously with the father constantly assuring Him that it was all taken care of. Even to His death.
    4. SkyWriting
      John 19:11 - Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.
  7. Heart2Soul
    Oh good grief, the needs of these people are immediate....not time here for a Bible lesson. So You are about to drive off a cliff and you reach out to others for prayer....emergency need...do you want everyone to respond and give you lessons on how to pray or would you rather someone send an emergency vehicle to assist you. SMH
    1. SkyWriting
      God answered your prayer when he heard it before you were born. I can't offer quicker results for you.
  8. joshua 1 9
    If you want answered prayer then you have to read the menu (Bible) to see what is available and what God wants to do in our life. The promises of God are a covenant between us and our Creator. If we do our part then we can be sure that God will do His part.
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  9. Halbhh
    Also, wonderfully, Christ gives us very precise instructions for prayer, with at least 5 key parts as I read them. One of them is as you've touched on above at least tangentially, that the prayers of those who believe in Him, listen to Him, take in His words, and keep His words, will be heard and answered (John 14 and John 15).

    To find what Christ teaches us on prayer, one will encounter it naturally because we read through all that He said to us, which we want to do if we believe in Him. We will learn surprising instructions (to many), which are not known until we encounter them.

    The words He said to you, and to me.

    That we should hear them and listen.
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  10. Xavier Cane
    So what you are saying is that I pray for victory and just give all the results over to God, He will then provide the results? Boy, I wish it were that simple. If it were, I would not still have as many addictions as I currently do.
    1. SkyWriting
      No. Please read again. You must give up control over the prayer and the outcome. After you get this, then you'll understand that God already answered your prayer before He formed the world.
    2. Xavier Cane
      I read it twice. I'm saying it doesn't work in casses like mine when the sin is very terrible and ongoing. If I ask God to set me free, should I not trust that He will? I think I should, especially if the Bible promises such, like for example...sin shall not have dominion over you (Romans 6:14). If God has already answered my prayer for victory, why do not I have it? I'm expecting God to be true to His word.
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