aHow to get your prayers answered by God: If you feel like God isn't listening or worse is not answering your prayers, there may be a very good reason. Consider the motive and method of your prayers before you pray.
Address the Lord with respect. Remind yourself before you pray that this is the God who created the earth and everything in it and he created you.
Ask forgiveness-Ask God for forgiveness of your sins before you make your requests. God cannot look upon sin so it stands to reason He won't listen to someone who is drenched in it. Even if you are saved you still sin, even if only in your mind, nobody is without sin, so be sure to cover yourself with the blood of Christ before you make your requests by asking for forgiveness of sins so you can be sure He hears you.
Be grateful and thankful-Thank the Lord for all that He has done for you, for your life, for another day, for every thing you can think of. Being thankful puts you in the right frame of mind to address your maker.
Praise Him-Let God know how much you appreciate Him, that you are aware of how powerful He really is, and that you love Him.
Don't make selfish or ungodly prayer requests-If your prayer is asking for something selfish or ungodly then God may very well not be listening.
Don't say non effective and repetitive prayers-Oftentimes, prayers which are repeated over and over, saying the same exact prayer tend to lose their meaning to the person praying them as well as to the God you are praying too. A prayer said with no real feeling behind it is simply a waste of time. The repetitive prayer tends to become a ritual more than an ernest prayer. No longer do the words mean anything to the one saying them and the Lord tires of hearing them. If you pray a repetitive prayer be sure to consider each sentence carefully as you pray so that your prayer is filled with meaning.
Don't pray just to impress others-If you are praying in front of others and your prayer is said to impress them rather than earnestly praying for them and directed to the Lord, He may not be listening.
Do pray often, in private-When praying alone in a private place your prayers are more likely to be ernest and heartfelt communication with God.
This is what Jesus said about praying: Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Matt. 6:1 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Matt. 6:2 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: Matt. 6:3 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. Matt. 6:4 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Matt. 6:5 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matt. 6:6 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Matt. 6:7 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matt. 6:8 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Matt. 6:9 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Matt. 6:10 Give us this day our daily bread. Matt. 6:11 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Matt. 6:12 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matt. 6:13 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: Matt. 6:14 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matt. 6:15 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Matt. 6:16 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; Matt. 6:17 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Matt. 6:18 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: Matt. 6:19 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: Matt. 6:20 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matt. 6:21 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. Matt. 6:22 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! Matt. 6:23 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matt. 6:24 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Matt. 6:25 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Matt. 6:26 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? Matt. 6:27 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: Matt. 6:28 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matt. 6:29
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Matt. 6:30 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? Matt. 6:31 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. Matt. 6:32 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt. 6:33 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matt. 6:34 The Beatitudes, Oaths and Retaliation-See Matthew Chapter 5
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