Get Answers from God
Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
This is a great Promise, however, God only promises to answer our prayers when we ask according to His will.
1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him.
If you want answers you should first ask the right questions.
Jesus makes a stunning promise to us about the things we ask:
John 16:23–24 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
Some ways God answers your requests
Usually people that God only answers whenever he says “yes” When He answers yes, it’s easy to say, “Praise the Lord!” But when He says otherwise, we have a hard time finding reasons to praise Him.
You regularly hear people say, "God answered my prayer," meaning, they got what they asked for. But God doesn't just "answer" prayer with a "Yes." Sometimes He says, "No."
No" and "wait" are legitimate answers. Often, He says, "Wait." All of these are legitimate answers.
Connect with God by talking - and then listening.
James 4:8 says, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."
As you contemplate a life change, make sure your decisions are rooted firmly in the divine guidance that is available to you when you get quiet to listen.
Let God Speak First
The most important thing to do when it comes to thinking about prayer is to let God speak.
When we actually look at what the Bible teaches about prayer, it is surprisingly simple: ask and you shall receive.
What about if we don’t understand the answer?
You cannot put God in a box. He is far greater than you could ever conceive. Some passages in the Bible are mysterious. Jesus said on one occasion,
John 13:7 You do not realise now what I am doing, but later you will understand
Sometimes that understanding may come in our lifetime. Some things we will only understand when we meet the Lord.
Are you questioning God in the middle of pain and suffering? Take your questions to Him. He will not be offended. Lean on Jesus and ask Him to bring good out of bad, life out of dead, hope out of despair. He is with you! He answers prayer!
Daniel asked for answers fasting for 21 days.
Daniel 10 (AMP) 1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar; and the message was true and it referred to great conflict (warfare, misery). And he understood the message and had an understanding of the vision.2 In those days I, Daniel, had been mourning for three entire weeks. 3 I ate no tasty food, nor did any meat or wine enter my mouth; and I did not [a]anoint (refresh, groom) myself at all for the full three weeks.
Notice about this Scripture that it says about Daniel, And he understood the message and had an understanding of the vision
On the Vision “a man” showed up and talked to Daniel in a moment in wish he was confused
Daniel 10:12 Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was standing in opposition to me for twenty-one days. Then, behold, Michael, one of the chief [of the celestial] princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
This “man” in the vision is a messenger of God. Daniel was confused and burdened by the things he had witnessed. He fasted for 21 days and by the end of this season he received answers to his questions.
Fasting is a form of worship. The purpose of all worship is to change the worshiper in ways that have social and interpersonal impact. We worship not just to gratify ourselves, but also to become empowered to change the world! (Elmer Towns)
Prayer and fasting is defined as voluntarily going without food in order to focus on prayer and fellowship with God. Prayer and fasting often go hand in hand, but this is not always the case. You can pray without fasting, and fast without prayer. It is when these two activities are combined and dedicated to God’s glory that they reach their full effectiveness.
There are three kinds of Biblical Fasting
- 1.The Normal Fast is going without food for a definite period during which you ingest only clear liquids (water and/or juice). The duration can be 1 day, 3 days, 1 week, 1 month or 40 days.
- 2.The Total Fast allows no food or water at all and should be short. Moses and Jesus fasted for 40 days; but this would kill anyone without supernatural intervention and should never be attempted today. Don’t do a total fast for more than 24 hours.
- 3.The Partial Fast is one that omits certain foods or is on a schedule that includes limited eating. It may consist of omitting one meal a day. Eating only fresh vegetables for several days is also a good partial fast. The Daniel fast falls into this category and consists of 21 days of diet.
Zechariah 8:19 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: The fast of the fourth month and the fast of the fifth and the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah seasons of joy and gladness and cheerful feasts. Therefore love truth and peace.
In the Old Testament the believers where trained to fast, here we read that in four different occasions they where called to fast with joy, gladness and cheerful feasts. As New Testament believers we don’t have a commandment to fast like in the Old Testament but we should be prepared to do Spiritual Warfare and to spend time seeking the Lord. Consider fasting as a way to grow spiritually and to have a greater sense of the Holy Spirit in your life.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him