A Key to Answered Prayer


Prayer isn't talking to God only. It’s talking to him for his response.

Our prayer is ignored by God unless we pray with a clear conscience. 

1 John 3:21-22, “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. [22] And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”

A key factor for answers to prayer is a clear conscience. A condemned heart can't talk to God with confidence. A child caught by the father stealing can't have the confidence to request from him.

Jesus says the pure in heart will see God (Matthew 5:8). The pure in heart also feel his presence in prayer.

Some find prayer boring because of the lack of God's presence. When we live in sin, God's presence becomes absent in our lives. His absence will hinder prayer.

The Spirit of God that dwells in us helps us to pray in the name of Jesus. The Spirit of God is grieved when we sin. However, we can repent and restore a relationship with Him.

Jesus in Matthew 21:21-22 told his disciples to ask and believe, they will receive. Faith is required in prayer. Faith gives the boldness to ask anything from God. Sin dampens faith and brings condemnation. It should be avoided.

Satan and his cohorts strive to bring condemnation to the heart of people. They do this because they know that the people can't stand before God in prayer with confidence when they are condemned.

The children of God should be careful and prayerful to avoid temptation (Mark 14:38). If fallen, make amends through restitution.

However, the condemned heart can also get his prayer answered. This is when he prays the prayer of mercy and forgiveness as seen in the Pharisee and Publican. The sorrowful publican prayed for God’s mercy and he went home justified (Luke 18:10-14). The prayer and sacrifice of a sinner is an abomination to God, but his prayer of repentance isn’t. 

Godly sorrow works repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10). God wants sinners broken but not destroyed. A broken and contrite heart, he does not reject (Psalm 51:17).

However, Satan strives to bring condemnation from the past, but there is no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Any man in Christ is a new creature and old things are passed (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Repentance removes condemnation and gives the boldness to stand with confidence before God. Repent of your sins today.
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