Be gladly living a life of obedience unto God, pleasing Him as you are able. 1 John 3:22 states, “and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.” Psalm 37:4 states, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” John 15:7 states, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
Be cleansed of sin. Psalm 66:18 states, “If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” Proverbs 15:29 states, “The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.” Isaiah 59:2 states, “but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”
Ask for that which is in accord with the will of God. 1 John 5:14 states, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”
Ask in the name of Christ, which is to ask for that which is in keeping with who He is and that which brings honors to His name. John 16:23b–24 states, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
Ask for what satisfies the desires of God and glorifies Him, not what you want in order to satisfy your passions. James 4:2b–3 states, “You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”
Forgive as you have been forgiven. Mark 11:25 states, “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Pray with faith, believing that God can answer your prayer. Matthew 21:22 states, “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Mark 11:24 states, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” James 1:5–7 states, “ If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.”
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