Here from first John 14:15 is the answer,
"14-And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15- And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."
When we ask in his will he hears us. And when he hears us our petition(prayer) is answer in the affirmative!!!
---Mima on 5/16/08|
The simple answer would seem to be, when you see the answer happen.
A "deeper" answer would be:
Read Hebrews Chapter 11 It starts this way:
Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
It goes on to describe how different ones have seen tremendous answers to prayer but it also talks about those who never saw the answer to prayer in this life. EVERY one is held up as an example of BELIEVING FAITH.
---Bruce5656 on 5/15/08|
What a great question! In my experience I found that when the thing I have prayed for is manifested in this reality, I know for sure it has been answered. However, we must be aware that God ALWAYS answers prayer. As someone once said, "He sometimes answers yes, sometimes no and sometimes He says wait." God answers and He heals at different levels, our body, mind, soul and develops our spiritual growth through the power of His Holy Spirit. He is also answering the prayer by helping others involved in this same problem. All in His time, not ours.
---Elsie on 4/30/05|
I did not mean that you, cathy, are lukewarm; I apologize. I mean those who are lukewarm will be slower in gaining strength. It is written, 'All Israel is saved.'
---gregg4933 on 4/30/05|
Read Matt. 17:20. I cannot believe that somebody will read that and say, 'answer my prayer O Lord.' The message and theme of Jesus Christ is 'you are me and I am one with the Father.' There is people who have no part in the Kingdom, but that is their fault. It is written,'Prove me now, says the Lord.' You crucify yourself by being lukewarm.
---gregg on 4/30/05|
I've learned that God hears and answers the cry of the heart. Many times we pray for what we think will satisfy our need but God looks beyond our pitiful words and solutions and gives us what will truely satisfy our need. Since I have learned this. I can see that God answers all my prayers with a big YES!
---Robin on 4/29/05|
After I pray, I thank him for answering my prayer.
---Rebecca_D on 4/29/05|
the answer to that is - have faith - You can be sure that he does, but not everything you pray for is in your best interest. Accept what happens and then - very important - make the best of it.
---Audrey on 4/29/05|
An answer may not always be what you had intended, nor will it just jump up and hit you in the face. You have to stay alert and continue to be in prayer. He promises to be with you always. He sent the Holy Spirit to guide you into all trues and Christ to see that all this is possible. What else do you need? Listen and wait on Him. Be patient. My prayers of support.
---Blue on 4/29/05|
How can you not tell that God has answered. He is always faithful. Always loving. Always with you. His word Says that We are to Prosper. In All Things! Praise God. He speaks and the world obeys. That still, small, Voice is saying Yes. Do we Say yes? And Amen. Martin
---martin on 4/29/05|
When the thing prayed for has come to pass. It's called "waiting" upon the Lord, and it can be very difficult.
---Eloy on 4/29/05|
God answers faith filled prayers. If we pray according to His will we know that He hears us and we have what we prayed for. There is also a peace that comes from fellowshiping with God. You know that you have been with Him and He has heard you. You must believe that He is and He is a rewarder of them that deligently seek Him. You must believe when you pray.
---Linda2tk on 4/29/05|