If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish, and you shall have it. John 15:7

 

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Series: Learning to Pray Effectively - Part 5 of 5
Conditions for Answered Prayer
John 15:7 & Selected Scriptures
INTRODUCTION Psalms 66:18
“If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” (Psalms 66:18 NASB)

 

 

 

I. I MUST HAVE AN HONEST RELATIONSHIP TO GOD John 15:7; Proverbs 28:9
“If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, you can ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you.” (John 15:7 NASB)
"He who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is a hateful thing." Proverbs 28:9

 

 

 

A. AM I WILLING TO ADMIT THINGS THAT I HAVE DONE WRONG IN THE PAST? 1 John 1:7; John 1:9; Psalms 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; Proverbs 28:13

 

 

 


But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

 

 

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9

 

 

 

If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. Psalms 66:18

 

 

 

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. Isaiah 59:2

 

 

 

Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. Proverbs 28:13

 

 

 


B. AM I CURRENTLY IGNORING ANY OF GOD’S PRINCIPLES?
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 1 John 3:21-22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. DO I REALLY WANT GOD’S WILL FOR MY LIFE?
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.1 John 5:14-15

 

 

 

 

 

II. I MUST HAVE A FORGIVING ATTITUDE TOWARD OTHER PEOPLE Mk 11:24-25; Matt 5:23-24; 1 Jn 4:20; Heb 12:15; Mat 6:12; 1 Pet 3:7
“You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” (Mk 11:24-25 NLT)

 

 

 


Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 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." Mark 11:24-25
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24

 

 

 

If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 1 John 4:20

 

 

 

See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no "root of bitterness" springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; Hebrews 12:15

 

 

 

and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Matthew 6:12

 

 

 

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

III. I MUST BE WILLING TO SHARE GOD’S BLESSINGS WITH OTHERS 2 Cor 9:6; Luke 6:38; Proverbs 21:13; 1 John 3:22-23, 17; Jas 4:2-3; Matt 6:11; Ps 37:4
“If one shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.” (Prov 21:13 NASB)

 

 

 

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6

 

 

 

give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you." Luke 6:38

 

 

 

Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered. Proverbs 21:13

 

 

 

and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 1 John 3:22-23

 

 

 

But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? 1 John 3:17

 

 

 

You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. 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. James 4:2-3

 

 

 

Give us this day our daily bread, Matthew 6:11

 

 

 

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4

 

 

 


IV. I MUST PRAY IN FAITH Jas 1:6-8; Eph 3:20; Matt 21:21-22
“But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (Jas 1:6-8 NASB)

 

 

 

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, Ephesians 3:20

 

 

 

And Jesus answered them, "Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith." Matthew 21:21-22

 

 

 



V. I MUST PRAY IN JESUS’ NAME John 14:13-14; John 14:6
“I will do whatever you ask in My name so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in My name and I will do it.” (Jn 14:13-14 NASB)

 

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6