By Pastor Ay Nee Ng
Many of us want our prayers to be answered but somehow we are not sure if our prayers reach God or if God answers our prayers. Then doubt and unbelief sets in with questions arising in our minds. How do we know God heals? And when we are desperate, we wonder how we are to have answered prayers. Then thoughts plague us even more. Is there a way to pray to get real results and obtain direct, divine intervention from the personal God of the Bible?
Another way to put it is this: Why should we expect the God of the Bible to answer the prayers of people who pray to other gods, regularly disobey and rebel against the true God, or to make matters worse, ask for the wrong things? Church, the answer is so simple—we should not!
Make no mistake. We have no reason to expect real answers to our prayers unless we pray to the only one true God in the right way—through Jesus Christ our Lord. Now, some of us are people who take Christianity for granted and this will outrage you—thinking that this is just another of the many religions in the world. But the truth is that literally millions of people in our Western, supposedly Christian world have no idea who our true God is or how they should pray to Him.
Our goal is to know the way to get real results for our prayers and have direct access to divine intervention from our loving Saviour who is the personal God of the Bible.
Let us read John 14:11-14 (MSG)
Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.
John 14:12-14 (NIV)
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
For example, you need a car and you pray out loud to God: “Lord I need a car,” and then you even tell God the brand of the car. “Lord, if I can have, please, I want a Porsche. Thank you. In Jesus name Amen”. Church, God heard your need of a car, but it is a want to have a Porsche for a car. Not necessarily you will get a Porsche, but I know my God will bless our need with a car or the use of a car.
Can we as ordinary humans be capable of actually doing greater things than the Son of God Himself did when He was here in the flesh? The fact really is that as the risen Lord, who dwells in us by means of the Spirit, He will do greater things through us than He did when He was here in the days of His flesh.
Let us go deeper and answer some questions, remembering our goal for answered prayers.
1. How do we know God heals and whether it is His will to heal? Let’s establish God’s character as a healer, God’s saving and healing benefit (Ps. 103:3).
“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Ps. 103:1-5).
This is a definite Old Testament promise of bodily healing based upon the character of Yahweh as the Healer. It is clear that the dimension of healing promised here is specifically to include physical wholeness. This passage reinforces the healing covenant since the word “diseases” in Hebrew (tachawloo) is same root word (chawlah) as the word for “disease” in Exodus 15:26 (makhaleh).
“He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord [Jehovah Rapha], who heals you’” (Exodus 15:26).
Furthermore, the word “heal” is the same in both passages (Hebrew “rapha”), with the distinct meaning of mending or curing. The two texts form a strong bond according to the following verses. “One witness is not enough to convict anyone accused of any crime or offense they may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses” (Deut. 19:15). “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses” (2 Cor. 13:1).
Both Psalm 103:3 and Exodus 15:26 bear witness from the Old Testament that the Lord not only forgives iniquities but also heals our diseases. If under the former covenant bodily healing was pointedly included with the Father’s many benefits, we sure can rejoice and rest in faith.
The New Covenant “glory” exceeds everything of the old one (2 Cor. 3:7-11), and we can be certain that God, in Christ, has made a complete provision for the wellbeing of our total person (Ps. 91:9-10; Ps 107:20). So we have established that our God of the Bible does heal and forgive our iniquities, yesterday, today and forever. “I the Lord do not change […]” (Mal. 3:6).
2. How are we to have answered prayers? Is there a right way?
a. Sincerely and honestly pray to the true God for this is His promise in John 14:12-14. “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Tell God your fears, worries, anxieties and upsets just like you are talking to your loved one or a good friend. Surrender it all to God and ask for His healing in Jesus’ name. Then let God work it out for you.
This is one of the most startling promises in the Scriptures. The promise is not that disciples of Jesus will perform works that are greater in value or significance than His, rather they are greater in scope and number in the following ways.
- Because He was crucified, Jesus earthly ministry was limited to only a few years, but after the resurrection and Pentecost, His ministry escalated and continues to be expanded and multiplied through Spirit-empowered believers. Do you believe that? I do.
- Our works include the preaching of the gospel, resulting in the blessings of justification, reconciliation, and the gift of the Holy Spirit coming to humankind—all post resurrection manifestations of Christ’s reign (John 5:20).
Notice the reason Jesus gives for these greater works. It is because He goes to the Father. And when He goes to the Father, He will send the Spirit. He says later: “Unless I go away, the Counsellor will not come to you” (John I6:7b). He is referring here to the coming of the Spirit. As the Spirit of God comes into human hearts and dwells in them, these things will happen. The Holy Spirit’s power is upon every believer and disciple of Jesus Christ.
“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49).
“On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 1:4-5).
The Spirit is empowering and releasing to us the life of Jesus, so it is still Jesus who is doing these things. We just make ourselves available through faith in God.
b. Apply Exodus 15:26. The right way to get real results in obtaining divine intervention from the personal God of the Bible is found in Exodus 15:26. “He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you’”. Is God personal to you?
We need to:
- repent of your sinful and rebellious ways;
- do what is right in the eyes of God, forgive, and be blessed;
- study and apply the word of God (Prov. 6:20-23).
c. Direct your prayers to and ask in the name of Jesus. Prayers offered in Jesus name (John 14:13) are in accord with His revealed nature and purpose and have the full weight of His authority behind it.
“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well” (Mark 16:17-18; NIV).
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:19-20; NIV).
God has provided ways for us to draw near to Him, and as we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. In the end, our goal will be fulfilled; we will get real results for our prayers and have direct access to divine intervention from our loving Saviour who is the personal God of the Bible.
As you read the following testimony, ask God to touch you and bring healing.
3 Amazing Stories of How God Answered People’s Prayers – Story #3 God’s messengers
By Loise Wepukhulu
One family had two sisters in it. One of them came to the Lord; the other did not. The unbelieving lady had a daughter of 6 years of age. She got very sick. They discovered the tumor in her bladder. She was in a lot of pain when going to the bathroom. They took her to the hospital to perform surgery.
The believer sister came over and said: “Pray for your daughter’s healing. You can go to God directly. He is closer to you than you think. Accept Jesus as your personal Savior and your life will change…”
Her sister listened to her and accepted Jesus. They two went home and prayed together for the sick child. The mother returned to her ward. During the night, she set by the bedside and started to fall asleep. Just then she saw a man in white garments entering the room. He said: “The Lord has heard your prayers. Your daughter is healed. There is no need for her to have an operation.” And left. The lady ran after him but found no one. At that moment, her daughter woke up and said she needed to use the toilet. Here is what the mother says:
“She went to the bathroom and peed and peed without pain. Afterward, she said she didn’t have any more pain.”
The next day doctors confirmed that the child was healed completely and needed no surgery!
At times, we feel as if God was not willing to answer our prayers or lingers to do so. But the Lord is good. He knows what is best for us, and we can build up our faith to receive His amazing touch.
Look to Jesus for it is through Him that you prayers will be answered for whatever your needs are, whether it may be a new job, finances, healing of depression, bones and joint aches that need our Lord’s touch, or healing in general. God is here to touch you as we reach out to Him and believe that He is doing greater works through us as we lay hands on you.
Let us pray.
Lord, thank you for Your loving powerful presence here. Thank you for the blood of the Lamb shed for us and that paved our way to reach out to You for our every need. Through the resurrection power of life, we cry out for life in You. Lord Jesus Christ, please touch us, heal us, and bring restoration of peace, order and health back into our lives, families, and Church. Let Your Spirit of love, forgiveness and comfort overflow us now as we release for Your forgiveness, cleansing all our hurts, disappointments, anger, unforgiveness, bitterness and our sinful ways to You. We look to You and only You, Lord, for healing. Thank you for reaching out to our needs and touching us by the power of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name, Amen