How Does the Lord Answer Prayer?
The Lord hears our prayers, and He answers them, but we may be largely unaware of His response. He is careful to protect our freedom. And He answers our prayers in whatever way is most beneficial for us from the perspective of our eternal welfare. We will not hear a voice telling us what to do but we may see the situation more clearly. New ideas may come to mind, helping us to do effective problem-solving. Or we may feel more hopeful about a difficulty we are facing.
Learn more about Prayer
- “Talking to the Lord” by Peter Buss, Jr.
A story about learning to pray to the Lord, illustrated by Jacqueline S. Bostock.
- “The Nature of Prayer” by Brian W. Keith
We can always speak with the Lord, telling Him what we are thinking and asking Him for help in our lives. Whenever we need Him, whenever we feel the desire to call upon Him, He will be with us.
Projects and activities for all ages
- Prayer Organizer for Talking with the Lord (ages 7 and up)
While there is no one way to pray to the Lord, this chart gives a basic model for our prayers.
- Make a Prayer Journal (ages 10 and up)
Keep a journal of prayers as part of your ongoing conversation with the Lord.
- Write a Personal Prayer to the Lord (ages 10-up)
A template for writing a prayer to the Lord with reasons for praying and various names of the Lord suggested below.
- A Family Praying Coloring Page
It can be very powerful for a family to pray together. This picture shows a family kneeling in prayer to the Lord.
- Why Do We…? (all ages)
Explores the reasons that kneeling, closing our eyes, and folding our hands can help open our minds and hearts to the Lord when we pray.
- I Feel Your Love when I Say My Prayer (for little children)
This prayer written by Christine Taylor reassures children that the Lord is caring for them. Let your little one “decorate” the border of this prayer with crayons or by applying colorful stickers.
- Four Kinds of Prayer (teens and up)
Explore 4 kinds of prayer: prayers that praise the Lord, prayers in which we acknowledge our tendencies toward bad habits or evil actions, prayers asking the Lord for help, and prayers of thanks to the Lord.
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