May 22 Requirements for Answered Prayer

Scripture Reading: Psalm 66:1–18

Key Verse: Psalm 66:18

If I regard iniquity in my heart,

The Lord will not hear.

Is there something in your life that you have prayed for repeatedly? Perhaps your prayers are for a mended relationship, a job offer, or healing. Whatever your need may be, the Bible provides us with five requirements for answered prayer.

  1. Complete dependence on Christ as the only grounds upon which we can claim blessing (John 14:13–14). We cannot rely on our personal merit for answered prayer. Instead, we must trust in Jesus alone.
  2. Separation from all known sin (Psalm 66:18). If we continue in sin, God will not answer our prayers. To do so would be to condone our sinfulness.
  3. Faith in God’s word of promise (Hebrews 11:6). It is important to understand the difference between God’s unconditional and conditional promises, and which ones are affected by our obedience.
  4. Asking in accordance with His will (1 John 5). We must pray in God’s will for our prayers to be answered. To know His heart, we must consult His Word and pray.
  5. Persistence in our request (Luke 18:1–8). God wants us to continue in prayer until our request is answered or until He says, “I have something better.” God is willing to answer our prayers, and He asks us to come boldly before the throne.

Cleanse my heart, Lord, of wrongdoing, so that I can surrender to Your will in prayer and depend completely on Your grace.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 149). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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