Conditions for Answered Prayer
- Thursday, January 15, 2004
It is important to understand the conditions for answered prayer. God is a God of order. He does not do anything just for the sake of doing it. He has a master plan for our prayer life that includes our attitudes and our reasons for praying.
1. We must acknowledge God.
Our acknowledgement of God honors, respects God’s good name, His character, His integrity, His sovereignty, and His power as our Heavenly Father. Do you remember in the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples to pray, The Lord’s Prayer, how it begins with “Our Father, which art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy name.” Acknowledging God as holy opens the door for Him to communicate with His children.
What father does not want to be honored and respected? When we honor our earthly fathers, there is a bond of unity that is established that creates a closeness one can hardly express. Our attitude toward God should be established at the onset to clear the way for our open communication with the Father of the universe.
2. We must support our prayers by the intercession of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
The Son of God, Jesus, has the position as our heavenly intercessor to God. This means that He is seated at the right hand of the throne of God praying for us to His Father. I like to think that when I pray, Jesus says something like this to God, “Father, Thelma is in need of peace in her spirit. You promised that You would give her perfect peace if she keeps her mind on Me. Her mind is set on me because I see her studying Your word, applying Your principles, learning Your percepts, and recognizing Your Lordship. Please Sir, give her instant peace.” I believe right then and there, the peace of God comes over me and I calm down and begin to think clearly.
Jesus is our High Priest and has direct access to Deity. He is like the people He represents because He came to earth as a man and lived among us experiencing everything and anything we have or can experience. He understands our hurt, pain, sorrows, joy, excitement, and happiness. There is nothing we go through He cannot relate to. He is different from us because He is Righteousness and Truth. So when we approach God’s throne through Jesus we are there to receive mercy, grace and help in our time of need.
Often people go to an earthly priest to confess their sins or discuss their issues. But they cannot fully relate or understand because they are limited in their flesh. Jesus has no limitations. As our great High Priest, Jesus listens and attends to our confessions. In fact, Jesus is the only priest, pastor, minister, prophet or bishop who can do us everlasting good. When we pray, therefore, we need to pray in the name of Jesus. We can be assured that when we do, Jesus attends to us and prays for us. We never pray alone. We pray with our great High Priest.
Hebrews 4:14-16 reads, “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
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