Three Ways God Answers Our Prayers

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Prayer is the intimate oral and mental communication with God that lets us know that God hears, God cares, and God is able to act.

Prayer is friendship with God.” George Buttrick

Prayer involves a concerned earthly child connecting with a concerned heavenly Father (Matthew 6:9).

“Prayer honors God, acknowledges His being, exalts His power, adores His providence, secures His aid.” E.M. Bounds

Prayer is the spiritual gymnasium in which we exercise and practice godliness.” V. L. Crawford

Because Christians strongly believe that our God is a God who hears and answers prayer, it is most important that we explore, as best we can, how God answers prayer.

I contend that there are three significant ways that God answers prayer:

  • God says “YES”

This answer means that God agrees with our requests and answers accordingly.

The story of Hannah and the birth of her son Samuel is a good example of God saying, “YES!” Read I Samuel 1:26-28.

My late great father Dr. Manuel Scott, Sr.’s sermon, Footnotes To An Answered Prayer, tells of lessons learned when God answered YES to his fervent prayer in his youth.

  • God says, Not Until Some Conditions Are Met

This answer means that God indeed plans to grant our requests. However, He desires that certain terms be met either by the person asking, or in regard to what the person is asking for.

In other words, when God answers in this manner, He is either saying that YOU are not yet ready to handle what you have asked for, OR, WHAT you have asked for is not yet ready for you!

For example, if you are a Sister and you ask God for a certain Brother, and God answers you by saying, “Not until certain conditions are met,” God is either saying to you:

1. YOU need to get yourself “more together,” perhaps in terms of your attitude, associations, family ties, habits, finances, etc., before He will grant your request


2. That Brother who you have asked for needs to get himself “more together,” perhaps in terms of his attitude, associations, family ties, habits, finances, etc., before God will grant you your request.

Moreover, whenever you perceive that God is answering you by saying, “Not until certain conditions are met,” you have several options:

1. You can discern that you need to make some improvements.

2. You can discern that what you have asked for needs more time to make the necessary adjustments.

3. You can discern that both you and what you have asked for need more time.

4. You can decide to change what you have asked for altogether and ask for something new.

A biblical example of God answering a prayer with “Not Until Some Conditions Are Met” can be found in II Chronicles 7:14.

  • God says, I Have Something Better For You

This type of an answer means that God is answering you with what I call a “proactive No.” By this I mean that God says to you, “While I’m not going to give you what you want, I am going to give you something that is much better, better for you and all concerned.”

For example: Sisters, if God, in His infinite wisdom, doesn’t give you that brother you have asked for, STAY FAITHFUL, for God will give you a brother who will be much better for you and your entire situation!

“Prayer is the voice of faith.” William Van Horne

A biblical example of this kind of answer can be found in Matthew 26:39.

“Be thankful that God’s answers are wiser than your answers.” William Culbertson

“God alone fully understands what each of us needs. We make mistakes continually and pray for things which would be harmful to us if we received them. Afterwards we see our mistakes and realize that God is good and wise in not giving us these things, even though we plead ever so earnestly for them.” O. Hallesby

When you pray, it is important that you believe that God’s answer, whatever it is, will always be for our benefit.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

“Pray without ceasing.” I Thessalonians 5:17

Adapted from Evangelist Scott’s The Need And Importance Of Family Prayer lecture

Related Sermons by Evangelist Scott:

Always, Always

It’s Not Over Until God Has Spoken

Be encouraged,

Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

Links To Other Helpful Christian Resources On Prayer:

National Day Of Prayer website

Praying In Victory website

Our Daily Bread devotional on prayer

Bible Study Planet: Prayer And Faith


  1. mauisha thomas said,

    January 26, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Evangelist you blessed my church today with your word. Ecclessia in san Bernardino California. We are on a 21 day fast, I am new to being saved. I did not grow up in church, I just went off what I heard at wedding and funerals. It wasn’t until I was a adult that I started going to church, then stopped because I was tired of these prosperity gospel preachers. I been praying learn how to pray, God has been putting people and situations in my path all week to where I had to pray out loud. I went to your blog and found all the scriptures on prayers, what to pray for and how to pray. That is the one thing I wanted in my spirit for this weeks fast. God works in mysterious ways. I thank God for you. Too blessed to stress!

  2. Administrator said,

    March 19, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Sister Mauisha,

    Thank you for your kind words.
    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.

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