It only takes one prayer to get close to God, and it only takes one prayer to change lives. We need to get our faith back in the power of answered prayers.
At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment.  He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.  One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.
Acts 10:1-4 (NIV)
They cried out to God during the battle, and he answered their prayer because they trusted in him. So the Hagrites and all their allies were defeated.
1 Chronicles 5:20 (NLT)
Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
Psalm 4:1 (NIV)
The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer.
Psalm 6:9 (NLT)
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
Psalm 17:6 (NIV)
Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled.  You who answer prayer, to you all people will come.  When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.
Psalm 65:1-3 (NIV)
Answer my prayers, O Lord, for your unfailing love is wonderful. Take care of me, for your mercy is so plentiful.
Psalm 69:16 (NLT)
I thank you for answering my prayer and giving me victory!
Psalm 118:21 (NLT)
So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.
Ezra 8:23 (NIV)
Open Your Eyes to See Answered Prayers
In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the Lord, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign.  But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the Lord’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem.  Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the Lord’s wrath did not come on them during the days of Hezekiah.
2 Chronicles 32:24-26 (NIV)
God gives us daily miracles, but because of our pride, we don’t see his answered prayers. We also get caught up on whether God is answering us or not that we don’t respond to Him. We need to repent of pride to see God answering prayers and start responding to Him.
Confidence from a Powerful Prayer Life
Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king,  and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up?  Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.  But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. ”
Daniel 3:13-18 (NIV)
These guys prayed regularly and often. They were confident whether good things happened or not because they have experienced so many of God’s answered prayers. They knew they could trust God. How confident are you? Do you have the same belief that God can deliver you from whatever situation you have going on in your life… whether you get the answer you want or not? How can you start praying like these guys?
Write out 10 of the most inspiring answered prayers you have experienced in your life. What do all these answered prayers show you about God? How does he feel about you?
Write out 10 things you have a hard time believe can happen. Start praying for these 10 things daily.