1 John 5:14-15 (GNB): “We have courage in God’s presence, because we are sure that he hears us if we ask him for anything that is according to his will. He hears us whenever we ask him; and since we know this is true, we know also that he gives us what we ask from him.” 
Do you believe these verses? If you believe that the bible is the true Word of God, then these have to be true. God the Father wants to give good gifts to his children. The psalmist did give us one warning, though:
Psalm 66:18 (GNB) “If I had ignored my sins, the Lord would not have listened to me.”
If you are in a right relationship with Jesus Christ and are trying to live in his will then god will answer your prayers. They may not be answered in the way you think they should but they will be answered the way god knows they should. He knows everything and everybody. He knows what is best. It is up to you to pray and release it. Then God can work things out his way.
A tale is told about a small town that had historically been ‘dry,’ but then a local businessman decided to build a tavern. The congregation from a local church was concerned and planned an all-night prayer meeting to ask God to intervene.
It just so happened that shortly thereafter lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground.
The owner of the bar sued the church, claiming the prayers of the congregation were responsible, but the church hired a lawyer to argue in court that they were certainly not responsible.
The presiding judge, a man wiser than most, after his initial review of the case, stated that “No matter how this case comes out, one thing is obvious.”
When asked what that was, the judge said that “It is evident that the tavern owner believes in prayer and the church-goers do not.
Are you like the tavern owner or one of the church goers?
By Dean W. Masters
Unedited redistribution approved.