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Encouraging Stories and Bible Verses About Answered Prayer

Answered prayers are an important part of the believer’s life. They are a blessing, they glorify God, they are faith-builders, and evangelism tools (when we tell others what God has done through prayer). Answered prayers are cause for joy, they bring us to our knees in thanks, and they provide more than we ever asked for. 

Bible verses about answered prayer

But here are also some things that answered prayers are NOT.  They are not a granted wish to check off our list, nor are they a weapon to use against our enemies. And they are not a sign that we are favored above others by God. 

The Bible is brimming with stories and accounts of good gifts given through answered prayer for the people of God. These were real flesh and blood people like you and me. Each one had their issues, doubts, and fears. They trusted in the great power of the Lord and saw God’s will in the answers. 

I’ve always heard that God will either answer prayer with a ‘yes’, a ‘no’, or a ‘not yet’. Is it really this simple? Let’s explore the Word of God to let Him teach us with these Bible verses about answered prayer.

Examples Of Answered Prayers In The Bible

These examples are only a sample of the many answered prayers we read about in the Scriptures. Some of these prayers were answered immediately, and some not for years. But no matter when we pray, God will hold onto our prayers until the time is right for Him to work His will for them. 

Genesis 32:9-11

Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac –O Lord, you told me, ‘Return to your own land and to your relatives.’ And you promised me, ‘ I will treat you kindly.’ I am not worthy of all the unfailing love and faithfulness you have shown to me, your servant. When I left home and crossed the Jordan  River, I owned nothing except a walking stick. Now my household fills two large camps! O Lord, please rescue me from the hand of my brother Esau. I am afraid that he is coming to attack me, along with my wives and children. But you promised me, ‘I will surely treat you kindly, and I will multiply your descendants until they become as numerous as the sands along the seashore — too many to count.’ ” (NLT)

Jacob was nervous, as he and his brother, Esau had not parted on good terms. In fact, Jacob had run away to escape the wrath of Esau. Now he was returning to the land of their father, and he was afraid. He prayed God’s promise back to Him. After he prayed this prayer, he met up with his brother, as had been arranged, and Esau ran to meet him, hugging and kissing him. 

After this God-ordained meeting, they entered into a peaceful agreement and both felt it was best to part ways, satisfied that each one had all that he needed and did not need anything from the other.

Exodus 6:1-8

Then the Lord told Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh.  When he feels the force of my strong hand, he will let the people go. In fact, he will force them to leave his land!” (NLT)

This is God’s answer to Moses’ discouraged prayer immediately preceding this passage (in Exodus 5:22-25). Moses questioned God and asked Him why He had brought all this trouble on His people, pointing out to God that Pharaoh had begun treating the Israelites even more brutally than before God appointed Moses to the “talks” with Pharaoh.  

Later in Exodus, we read the details of the release of the Israelites from Egypt: All of the firstborn sons of the Egyptians were killed that night, even Pharaoh’s oldest son. Not one home was untouched. Pharaoh chased the Israelites out in the middle of the night, and the Egyptians urged them to hurry up, even giving them valuables to get rid of them ASAP. 

God’s time is always the best time, and it became clear that all of the waiting and everything else surrounding these awesome deeds had been according to His perfect plan. He did not make a single mistake or oversight in all of it.  We also see Moses expressing his concerns to God, which shows us that it’s ok to ask questions of Him as long as we do from a stance of humble servanthood. 

1 Samuel 23:10-13

Then David said, “Lord God of Israel, Your servant has heard that Saul intends to come to Keilah and destroy the town because of me. Will the citizens of Keilah hand me over to him? Will Saul come down as Your servant has heard? Lord God of Israel, please tell Your servant.” The Lord answered, “He will come down.” Then David asked, will the citizens of Keilah hand me and my men over to Saul?” “They will,” the Lord responded. So David and his men, numbering about 600, left Keilah at once and moved from place to place. When it was reported to Saul that David had escaped from Keilah, he called off the expedition. (HCSB)

Because David asked God what to expect, he was able to escape to the wilderness and hide in the hill country with his men. He saved 600 men, and Saul eventually gave up the search. Verse 14 tells us, “But God did not hand David over to him.” 

When we seek the Lord in prayer, He will direct us in what to do. David didn’t barge ahead and try to figure things out by himself. Instead he asked the will of God and was rewarded when God told him what was about to happen so that he could get to himself and his men to safety. 

2 Kings 6:15-17

When the servant of the man of God got up early and went out, he discovered an army with horses and chariots surrounding the city. So he asked Elisha, “Oh, my master, what are we to do?” Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them”. Then Elisha prayed, “Lord, please open his eyes and let him see.” So the Lord opened the servant’s eyes. He looked and saw that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (HCSB)

Elisha’s servant was terrified when he looked out and saw the army of a great nation surrounding them and getting ready to capture both he and his master. But Elisha prayed and God showed the servant what had been hidden from his eyesight – the army of the Lord, much more fierce than their enemies, complete with chariots of fire, and this mighty army of God was surrounding the enemy army. 

Suddenly, the fight didn’t look nearly so fierce, and he knew he didn’t need to fear. Actually, they weren’t fierce at all, because Elisha also prayed for them to be struck blind. Elisha then led them off into enemy territory and left them there. God saved Elisha and his servant from captivity or death. When it seems like the day of trouble has caught up with you, all you need to do is pray. 

Acts 9:17-19

So Ananias left and entered the house. Then he placed his hands on him and said “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so that you can regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” At once something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. then he got up and was baptized. And after taking some food, he regained his strength. (HCSB)

Saul, the enemy of the Christians, was on his way to Damascus to capture true believers of the way (the Christian movement of belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ). On the way, he was halted by a very bright light that blinded him. He was led into town and taken to the home of a Christian man. At the same time, a man on another street was receiving instructions from God to go and pray for Saul. 

He was reluctant because of Saul’s well-known agenda, but he obeyed and went. Saul became a Christian that day and was baptized. He was never the same, because he now went after the Gentiles to help them believe rather than capture and kill them, as he had previously done in his wicked ways. It is amazing to see the mighty things God accomplishes through prayer. 

Throughout the New Testament, Paul and the other apostles prayed for the churches they were starting. They not only prayed for the growth of the church, and the growth the the individual churches, but they also prayed for individual people within those churches. They knew them by name and treasured them, equipping them for the work of ministry as they in turn added converts to the faith and grew these churches. 

Acts 9:40-42

Then Peter sent them all out of the room. He knelt down, prayed, and turning toward the body said, “Tabitha, get up!” She opened her eyees, saw Peter, and sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her stand up Then he called the saints and widows and presented her alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. (HCSB)

Here we see Peter performing a miraculous healing, bringing Dorcas (Tabitha) back from the dead. Once this news got out, people from all over Joppa believed in God because of this miracle. 

God gives us good work to do and when we have even a little faith, He accomplishes His work for us. We have no power of our own, but God’s great power is always more than enough. 

There are many more Bible stories and Scripture references to God answering prayers all through the Scriptures.

One of my favorites is that of Nehemiah. When he returned to the city of his ancestors to rebuild the broken-down wall of Jerusalem, his faith and strength were remarkable. He was threatened harm for continuing, but he didn’t stop. He constantly prayed as he went about his work, trusting God to help him complete it and inspiring others to have the same faith. The wall was finished in 52 days because of Nehemiah and his persistent faith. 

Prayer is simply talking with God. It is a gift that God gave to His people, divine permission to approach our good Father at the throne of grace with all of our prayers. He gave us this privilege so that we would experience the peace of God when we pour out the desires of our hearts to Him. 

When we approach God in prayer we are standing on holy ground, right there in front of our heavenly Father, having a conversation with Him face to face. How very sweet!

Bible Verses About Answered Prayer

From desperate prayers in time of need to praying about a difficult relationship, we have all prayed that the God of hope would give us hope in whatever our situation. 

When we pray we are talking to God, just like we converse with someone we share a relationship with. Yes, when we pray, we are entering into a conversation with the God of our salvation  We do this because we have a true relationship with Him. 

Prayer is not about ourselves but is meant to glorify God for all that he is and does. Too many times we (myself included) use prayer as a personal wish list for ourselves and others. But when we are truly in relationship with our Creator, our hearts are aligned with His, and we allow Him to inspire what we pray about. 

Let’s look at several passages in the Bible that clarify this. 

John 15:7

“If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.” (ESV)

At first glance, this can appear to be telling us to wish for anything and God will grant it. But no. First of all, this whole passage of John 15:1-8 is about abiding, or living in close relationship with Jesus. And by close relationship, it’s referring to a situation in which we want to be closer, to know Him more, to think like Him, and to understand His ways. 

Mark 11:24

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  (ESV)

As worshippers of God, we stake our very lives on what He says and what He wants – His will. We want to know His will and we search His heart and His Word for it. Then and only then can we ask whatever we wish and it will be done for us, because what we ask will be His will, and He will always do His will. 

When we agree and place our hope in His will we won’t have any doubts that our prayers will be answered. 

James 5:16 (b)

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (NLT)

Prayer truly is powerful. The blessings God gives us when His people pray are unmatched. The results continue beyond the blessing for that one person when that person tells others and helps their faith to grow also. Remembering the good things God has done for us is another point of prayer, as we are strengthened in our faith as we look back. 

James 4:1-3

What is the source of wars and fights among you? Don’t they come from the cravings that are at war within you?  You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your evil desires. (HCSB)

​The Christian life revolves entirely around our good Father, and not at all around getting what we want. When we have selfish desires we end up in conflict with others and at odds with God Himself. 

​God wants us to ask Him for the things we need, and even want. But when we ask with wrong motives, out of the will of God, that is when we have problems. Praying selfishly is often a reason for unanswered prayers, as this verse explains. 

Romans 8:28

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. (HCSB)

Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us – to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (HCSB)

These stories and verses about answered prayers in the Bible are timeless reminders for us of God’s faithfulness. They offer hope that even in the middle of life’s uncertainties, God hears our prayers and answers them according to His greater plan

When the prayers we’ve prayed are answered, they testify to the power of faith and perseverance, and affirm that our heartfelt petitions are heard and often met with God’s remarkable responses that are always beyond our expectations.

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