4 Ingredients to Prayers God Answers

James 4:3

God always answers our prayers with a “Yes,” “No,” or “Wait,” but why does he sometimes answer “Yes” and sometimes with these other two options? We must accept that God is not required to always tell us why he does or does not do certain things. He is sovereign and he loves us, therefore no matter how he answers our prayers, we can always trust him.

But when we study the Bible about answered prayers, it does seem certain themes keep popping up. So here are four common biblical ingredients found in the type of prayers God often answers with a “Yes.”

How to Know if You Are Truly Following God’s Will for Your Life

Romans 12:2

If you are a Christian, I know you want to be in God’s will for your life. That’s what we all want as Christians. But as we all experience, it can be really confusing to know if we are following God’s plan or our own plan.

So here are 5 things that will happen in your life when you are truly following God’s will for your life.

How Can You Know if It’s God or Satan?

James 3:14-16

Satan is not God’s opposite. God is sovereign in every way and is in complete control over everything, including Satan. Anything Satan does, God allows. God is eternal; Satan is a created being and will be thrown into the lake of fire for eternity at the appointed time (Revelations 20:10).

4 Reasons God Is Not Taking Away Your Desire for Marriage

Proverbs 16:26

It can be extremely painful when you want to be married but no matter what you try, you remain single. Eventually it’s natural to just ask God to take away your desire for marriage so you no longer need to feel the ache of this unmet longing. So why doesn’t he?

Here are 4 possible reasons God is not taking away your desire for marriage.

3 Reasons God Is Letting You Go Through an Impossible Situation

God didn’t take the thorn away, but God did show Paul that his grace is always sufficient. So one reason God may be allowing you to go through something impossible is to show you the same thing.

When I use the phrase “an impossible situation,” I’m referring to those challenges in life that seem too hard for us to get through. Perhaps you have been given terrible news from the doctor, perhaps you are dealing with a really toxic work environment, or perhaps you have been single for so long you have begun to believe it is impossible to actually meet any single Christians who actually want to please the Lord like you do.