Are There Requirements for Successful Prayer?Yes, there are some requirements found in the Bible for successful prayer.
Successful prayer requires:
• A humble heart
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (NIV)
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (NIV)
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (NIV)
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (NIV)
1 John 3:22
And we will receive whatever we request because we obey him and do the things that please him. (NLT)
Does God Hear and Answer Prayer?Yes, God hears and answers prayer. Here are examples of this promise from the Bible.
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. (NIV)
He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. (NIV)
Why Are Some Prayers Not Answered?
Sometimes our prayers are not answered. The Bible gives several reasons or causes for failure in prayer:
• Disobedience - Deuteronomy 1:45; 1 Samuel 14:37
• Secret Sin - Psalm 66:18
• Indifference - Proverbs 1:28
• Neglect of mercy - Proverbs 21:13
• Despising the Law - Proverbs 28:9
• Bloodguiltiness - Isaiah 1:15
• Iniquity - Isaiah 59:2; Micah 3:4
• Stubbornness - Zechariah 7:13
• Instability or Doubt - James 1:6-7
• Self-indulgence - James 4:3
Sometimes our prayers are refused. Prayer must be in accord with God's divine will.
1 John 5:14
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (NIV)
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