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Conditions of Prayer

Conditions of Prayer

John 15:7 says,

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

The conditions of prayer are simple. Abide with and spend time with the Lord in prayer, and let the words of Scripture become a part of us, to obey and live in His presence. Our prayers will then have meaning because God will be listening, and His Spirit will guide us as we seek to be obedient to His Word and live a life that is pleasing to the Father.

PRAYING IN THE WORD

My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.
Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life. β€” Proverbs 4:20–23

Your words were found, and I ate them,
And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;
For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. β€” Jeremiah 15:16

The centurion answered and said, β€œLord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” β€” Matthew 8:8

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. β€” John 15:7

And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word. β€” John 17:19–20

But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word. β€” Acts 6:4

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you. β€” 2 Thessalonians 3:1

For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. β€” 1 Timothy 4:4–5

If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. β€” John 7:17

And they prayed and said, β€œYou, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen.” β€” Acts 1:24

So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, β€œThe will of the Lord be done.” β€” Acts 21:14

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. β€” Romans 12:2

Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. β€” Ephesians 5:17

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. β€” Colossians 1:9

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. β€” 1 John 5:14

And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons. Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, β€œIf You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, β€œI am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. β€” Mark 1:39–42

Jesus said to them, β€œMy food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” β€” John 4:34

Excerpted with permission from Bible Prayers to Guide Your Life by Jack Countryman, copyright Jack Countryman.

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Your Turn

Spend time with the Lord today; abide with Him in prayer. Pray scripture and let the words instruct how the day goes. God is listening! ~ Devotionals Daily

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