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Conditions to Answered Prayer

If you want an audience with the King of Kings, then you must position yourself to enter His presence and have your petition heard.

– Church bulletin version or Bible companion card –

1. Right relationship with God. Clean heart.

Psalm 24:3-4 “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord ? And who may stand in His holy place?He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood, And has not sworn deceitfully.”

Psalms 66:18 “If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear…”

2. Right relationship with others. Forgiveness and humility.

Matthew 5:23-24 “If therefore you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.”

1 Peter 5:5 “You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

1 Peter 3:7 “You husbands likewise, live with [your wives] in an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.”

3. Childlike faith. Simple and from your heart.

Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please [Him], for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and [that] He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”

John 5:15 “And if we know that He hears us [in] whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”

4. Gratitude. Always giving thanks.

Psalms 100:4 “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, [And] His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

5. Obedience. Willingness to do whatever the Lord shows you.

Deuteronomy 28:2 “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you will obey the LORD your God.”

1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears attend to their prayer…”

6. Perseverance. Don’t give up. Keep your request before God until he answers.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 “pray without ceasing;”

Ephesians 6:18 “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,”

Kathleen Dillard

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