Prayers That God Will Always Answer
There are some prayers that will always get answered, every time we pray them. So if we want a 100% success rate in prayer then we need to pray these prayers. But let me say before we start that with these prayers there is a part that we play and a part that God plays. If we do our part God will do His part. But, after all, covenant is a two-sided relationship anyway. What kind of covenant is one-sided? You do this, and I’ll do nothing. That’s not covenant. That's a free ride. But it seems like that’s what we expect with God. Give me everything Lord, but don't expect anything from me. So we have our part and God has His part. The good news is that He does the heavy lifting. We do what we can do. He does what we cannot do.
The first prayer has to do with anxiety over provision.
Luke 12:22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought [no anxious thought] for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
So we're talking about food and clothing and provision.
Luke 12:25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
Luke 12:26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
Luke 12:30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
Luke 12:31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
In this section of scripture Jesus is telling us how to have faith for and lay hold of provision, the things we have need of, the things that the whole world is running after.
But to pray a prayer based on this scripture we have to do two things. First of all we have to let go of our anxiety. Jesus said, Take no anxious thought for your life or for clothing or for the things you need. Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to your height? If you can’t do this small thing, this easy thing, by worrying then why worry about the other things?
The truth is that worry is ineffective in getting anything accomplished. So why do we do so much of it? Because we’re afraid not to worry. But worry and anxiety must be dealt with before faith can work. That’s why Jesus Himself taught on it. If it was worthy of the Master's attention it is certainly worth ours.
Well, what am I supposed to do if I can’t worry? Jesus answers that in Luke 12:31.
Luke 12:31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Our part is to stop taking anxious thought and to seek the kingdom of God. It's very simple. He's telling us to change our focus. Take your focus off of anxious thought. And put it on the kingdom.
What is seeking the kingdom of God? This Greek word for “seek” in this passage means to enquire into by thinking, reasoning and meditation. Enquire into the kingdom of God through thinking, reasoning and meditation.
How do we do that? We do that by setting our focus on the word of God, and meditating in it. If we do our part then God will do His part and provide the things we need. We can base our prayer for provision on this scripture, but we first have to do our part. Our part is to turn away from anxious thought, worrying and fretting, and to set our focus on the word of God. And God will answer that prayer every time. Guaranteed. Or His word isn’t true. But we know that God cannot lie.
The second guaranteed answered prayer is similar to the first one yet a little different.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
So now we're talking about having peace instead of anxiety. Notice that this prayer, like the first one, requires us to do something, to do our part.
The phrase “Be careful for nothing” comes from the exact same Greek word that was translated “Take no anxious thought” in the previous scripture in Luke 12. It means exactly the same thing. Take no anxious thought. Don’t allow worry in your thoughts.
But in every thing by prayer, which simply means praying to God, and supplication, which simply means making a request to God for provision, and with thanksgiving, which means being thankful, let your requests be made known unto God.
So here’s a new requirement on our part. We must make our requests to God with thanksgiving. Did you know it's impossible to be thankful when you’re worried sick? So in this prayer we are required to stop being anxious and worried and make our request to God with thanksgiving. And God will do something.
Why thanksgiving? What are we thanking God for? We’re thanking Him for the answer we haven’t seen yet. We are thanking him for what we know he's going to do. And that takes faith. We are releasing faith. And faith pleases God.
Does worry and anxiety please God? No. Does worry and anxiety move God? No. “Oh, God. I’m so worried about this. Please, please, please help!” Does God answer that prayer? Rarely, if ever.
Does faith and thanksgiving please God? Yes. Does faith and thanksgiving move God? Yes.
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
We will be worry-free and have the peace of God. And He will answer it every time. Guaranteed. Well, what if He doesn’t? Then His word isn’t true. And God cannot lie. The only thing that will prevent Him from doing His part is our not doing our part.
Oh, but that’s too hard. I can’t stop worrying about it. I didn’t say it would be easy. But God doesn't tell us to do something we cannot do. Answered prayer is a two way proposition. God will do His part every time if we do our part. Guaranteed.
Here’s another prayer with a guaranteed answer.
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Casting all your care. The word “care” is again the same Greek word used in the previous two scriptures. It means to have anxious thought and to worry, to be troubled with cares. God must want us to be free from worry.
This scripture says to cast all your care upon Him. The Greek word for “cast” means “to throw upon, to place upon.” It carries the idea of placing a load you’re carrying on to someone else, like rolling a sack of potatoes from your shoulder to someone else’s shoulder. We can roll our worries over to God’s shoulder. And guess what? They are not a burden to Him. When we do that it releases God to do something about the situation. Our trust is now in Him. He can now move in our life.
But as long as we want to carry it He will let us. Again verse seven says:
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
For He cares for you. That’s why we can release our worries and cares to Him. That’s a different Greek word that the other words translated “care.” This word does not mean to be anxious and worried. This word means to care for or to care about, to have loving concern and affection for.
The Amplified Bible says it this way:
1 Peter 5:7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. He wants us to give him those things that concern us, because He cares for us and about us. That’s good news, isn’t it? Isn't it wonderful that we don't have to worry? But we have to let go of the worry and the anxiety. We must roll our cares over to Him and refuse to take them back. That’s our part.
But if we start worrying again we take the cares back. He rolls them back to us. Now they’re ours again. Did I say that this is easy? No. Faith and trust are not necessarily easy. If faith and trust were easy then everybody would be walking in faith. But most people aren't walking in faith. But if we will cast all our care upon Him, and refuse to take it back, He will take that care upon Himself and keep us in peace. And guess what? You won’t have a care. You will be carefree. Guaranteed.
Prayers based on these scriptures are very powerful. But, as I said, for them to produce results we have to do our part.
There’s another one I want to look at. Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t know what to do? Did you ever have a problem you didn't know how to solve? Well, here’s another prayer that's guaranteed to get an answer.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
God will always give wisdom if we ask Him for it. Guaranteed. I’ve prayed based on this scripture I don’t know how many times over the years. And He always gives me wisdom. Always. Every time. Without fail. The problem is that we usually pray this prayer as a last resort. After we’ve worn ourselves to a frazzle trying to fix things or resolve some situation we finally break down and ask God for wisdom. And He always gives it. Why don’t we just pray to Him first?
James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.
That just means that after you ask for wisdom then believe it’s on its way. Don’t waver. Don't worry and get all stressed out. Be at peace about it. It may not come immediately but it will show up at some point, if we don’t stop believing, if we don't waver. Guaranteed.
So what is our part in this prayer? We must ask Him for wisdom. And we must continue to believe it’s coming after we ask. Will we get wisdom? Yes. Every time, unless God is a liar, and He's not.
Just praying these four prayers can revolutionize our lives. And God will answer them every time.