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People pray daily. Some feel they have to and feel that God requires it. One doesn't have to pray unless he wants to talk to God.
    Is it better to be honest and wholehearted, or legalistic like the Pharisees? -Luke 18:10-14; Matthew 23:12-15
    Jesus got answers to His prayers -John 11:41,42. Likewise Jabez and Hezekiah. And many others including believers close to where you may live. Ask around.
    If we're like Jesus, so will we! -Ephesians 3:20; John 9:31 "Now we know that God heareth not sinners; but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth."
    Jesus said in John 5:30 "I can of mine own self do nothing. As I hear, I judge and my judgment is just, because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."
    For God to hear your prayers, you must be sure that you have a loving attitude and are righteous.(this is where Christ comes into the picture).and one is that way immediately, if they are ready to turn their life over to God as Derek did; for God has absolutely nothing to do with anything impure, unholy, unrighteous or unloving -1John 4:6-8 "We are of God. He that knoweth God heareth us. He that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love."; Job 35:13.
    To hear God, look at every situation without bias. 
    James 5:16 ".....The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much."
    Notice it says of a righteous man. If you feel unworthy and have guilt, you first need to understand your real state in God. James 1:6-8 "But let him ask in faith.(those who feel they may not be right with God, those who feel guilty, those who feel that God is displeased with them, those who feel that they still must do more to be right with God, those who feel they must keep the ten commandments better, are not asking in faith), nothing wavering. For he that wavers.(Romans 14:23 .....for whatsoever is not of faith is sin).is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."
  How to be single minded. 
    All prayers are answered according to our deepest needs and wants or "according to our beliefs". But some of our programming from past traumatic experiences is entrenched and it may be negative. Some just take a few weeks as Daniel's did. 
    What about Paul asking God to remove an affliction and God's answer about His grace being enough for Paul? 
    Deep inside we may want the highest position in the next step of our existence that we can get, but on the surface – here on Earth – the pain of living may sometimes become so great. God sees you in eternity and responds according to what He knows you want in your heart that is also best for your overall.(eternal).welfare.
    And trials and sufferings are necessary so that we get to know ourselves as God knows us. When things are going well, one tends to get caught up in the affairs of this life -2Timothy 2:4. Not all prayers are answered according to what we may think (from our limited viewpoint) is necessary for here and now. God has differing ways for each of us to be His workmanship -Ephesians 2:10. All prayers will, however, be answered.(1John 3:22-24).in time -Matthew 17:20. You may be in the next life before some answers to prayer come. 
    God is more out to get you to believe in His power and not so much as to just empower you here and now, although this is certainly what most of us would like. When one takes time to be alone with God, peace and rest comes and things go better
    It takes faith to hear the still small 'voice' of God, the 'wellings' up in the mind from the Spirit of God-in you -1Kings 19:12. It takes no faith to hear an audible voice or to be in agreement with your own ways
    God often creates coincidence in life. When you see these occuring in your life you can be sure that God is active for a particular purpose for you. If they are positive, God is leading you forward. If they are negative, give deep thought to them in order to learn what lesson you must, before things get worse, and you get moved around here and there -Psalms 66:9.
    Be thankful for what you do have in God (Hebrews 13:15), even if it doesn't seem so good -1Thessalonians 5:18; 1Peter 1:7; James 1:3; 2Corinthians 8:2; Hebrews 11:36-39; 1Peter 4:12.....continues

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