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Prayer series #3: Qualifications for Prayer

Since God is holy, He cannot look on sin. He cannot and will not listen to those who despise His Word and reject His Son.  He will not listen to the prayers of those who harbor grudges and malice towards others in their hearts.  He will not listen to anyone who has hidden, unconfessed sin.  Psalm 66:18; Proverbs 1:24-23; 28:9;  James 4:3  He will not listen to the prayers of married couples who are not living together in love and harmony. I Peter 3:7 

These are the prayers God hears and answers.

 God hears and answers the prayers of anyone who honestly seeks to know God and know the Truth. The problem is  no one seeks after God.  Romans 3:10-19.  In our natural condition we are all enemies of God and reject His salvation in Christ. Ephesians 2:11-18  God seeks after us.  We must seek Him while He may be found.  Isaiah 55:6-7  Those who desperately want the Truth will find it.  Cornelius, a Roman centurion did.  Read the amazing story in Acts 10 of how his prayer was answered.  Read in Acts 8:26-40 the story of how an Ethiopian eunuch who was seriously seeking for truth from God’s Word, came to know Christ    

1. God hears and answers the prayers of a  repentant sinner who asks God to save him and who puts his trust in Christ. John 1:12 

2. God hears and answers the prayers of a Christian who confesses his sins to God and who asks for forgiveness and cleansing.  I John 1:9;  Proverbs 28:13 

3. God hears the prayers of any Christian at any time and about any concern if that Christian is surrendered to the will of God and controlled by the indwelling Holy Spirit.  Matthew 18:19-20;   John 15:16;   John 16:23-24;   Romans 8:26-28 

When God says NO to the request of a surrendered Christian, it is because God in His great  wisdom and love has something better for him. II Corinthians 12:7-10 

It is dangerous to insist on having your own way.  God may allow you to have your desire, but you will be sorry the rest of your life. Psalm 106:14-15  On the other hand, when one delights himself in God, God rewards him with the desires of his heart.  Psalm 37:4 

Prayer can be in private.  Matthew 6:5-6  and it can also be in public.  It is a great encouragement to others as we join together in united prayer.  Acts 12:12   That’s the main reason for our midweek prayer meeting.  It is often the most blessed service of the church and it is the source of power for ministry to others. . 

Let us always remember that God does not hear us because of our righteousness.

We have no right to approach God except through the righteousness of Christ imputed to us.  That’s why we come to God through Christ and in His name.  John 14:14 

My prayer for you, dear reader, is Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church. I encourage you to read Ephesians 3:14-21  Take time to read this prayer  and  pray it for yourself and then for others.

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April 26, 2006 - Posted by | Prayer Series

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