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"Great Questions:   Are There Conditions for My Prayers Being Answered" John 15August 19, 2001





What are the five conditions for answered prayer?


1. You Must Have an Honest _______________ With God

"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you."    John 15:7 (NIV) 


      3 Questions To Help You Do A Self-Check:

v      Do I or have I refused to admit things that I have done ____________ in the past? 

Psalm 66:18            Isaiah 59:2              Proverbs 28:13       1 John 1:8

v      Am I currently _______________ any of God's principles?

 1 John 3:21-22 "Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us we have confidence before God and we receive from Him anything we ask [That's the promise] because we obey His commands and do what pleases Him.  This is His command: To believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and to love one another as He has commanded us." 


v      Do I really want God's _________ for my life? 

1 John 5:14 "This is the assurance we have in approaching God that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us and if we know that He hears us then whatever we ask we know that we have what we've asked of Him." 

2.    You Must Have a ______________ Attitude Towards 

     Other  People.

 "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you've received it

  and it will be yours. Condition:  And when you stand praying, if you hold anything

  against anyone, forgive him so that your Father in heaven may forgive your sins."   

  Mark 11:24-25.  

Hebrews 12:15 (Living Bible) "Watch out that no bitterness take root among you for as it springs up among you it causes deep trouble, hurting many in their spiritual lives."


(1 Peter 3:7 NIV)  "Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers."



3.      You Must Be Willing to __________ the Results. 

Proverbs 21:13 "If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered." 


1 John 3:22 (NIV)  "and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him."


1 John 3:17 (NIV)  "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?"


God's Generosity Principle:   "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."  2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV) 

v   If you expect God to bless your life you must be willing to bless other people's lives with the same _____________ God has given to you. 


James 4:1 "What causes fights and quarrels among you?  Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?  You want something but you don't get it.  You kill and you covet but you can't have what you want.  You quarrel and you fight.  But you have not because you don't ask God...


4.  You Must ___________ God Will Answer Your Prayer

(James 1:5-7 NIV)  "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. {6} But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. {7} That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;"


(Matthew 9:29 NIV)  "Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you";"


Hebrews 11:6 says, "Without faith it is impossible to please God."


            Faith is not:      q Believing God ________ do it

q ____________ God to do it

Faith is:

q _____________God will do it.


5.  You Must Pray in Jesus' ___________

(John 14:13-14 NIV)  "And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. {14} You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."

·         What it isn't:

è     A secret _________-___________

è     The ________-_______

·         What it is:

è     An acknowledgement that I am spiritually _____________ and have no right to expect God to hear me.  But, I come in the name of the One that the Father does listen to - ____________!

è     Before it is words, it is an _________________.


"You haven't tried this before, (but begin now). Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and your cup of joy will overflow."   John 16:24 (TLB) 















Psalm 66:18 says that if I regard or cherish or try to hide sin in my heart the Lord will not hear.  Isaiah 59:2 says our sins, our wrongness, separates us from God.  Proverbs 28:13 says "He who tries to conceal his sins cannot prosper but he who admits them, confesses them, forsakes them will have mercy." 

What do you do?  1 John 1:8 "If we claim to be without sin, we're just deceiving ourselves.  The truth is not in us.  However, if we confess our sins, He's faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."  What is confession?  Confession is simply being honest with God.  It's saying, "God, You're right.  I was wrong.  That jealousy or that impatience was wrong.  Please forgive me."  The first way we can tell if we have an honest relationship with God is are we being honest when we make mistakes.  "God, You're right.  That was a mistake.  That was wrong.  It was an error."





Most Christians make a big mistake in prayer.  They go around constantly saying, "God, is it Your will that I ask for this?" over every little item.  The real issue is not "God, what is Your will regarding this specific circumstance?"  The real issue is "Am I in God's will as a person?"  If my life is in harmony with God, then my desires are going to be in harmony with God. 

St. Augustine said this:  "Love God and do what you please."  Why did he say that?  Because if you really love God with all your heart, you're not going to want to do what displeases God.



1 Peter 3:7 says why sometimes you haven't had an answer to prayer. Peter is talking about marriage.  Anyone knows that one of the easiest places to have resentment build up is in families. Family members hurt each other's feelings, husbands hurt wives, wives hurt husbands, parents hurt their children and vice versa. Bitterness and resentment are a common experience in family relationships.  Peter has given the low-down to the women then in verse 7 he starts talking to the husbands.  He says "Husbands, in the same way [just like he's talked to the wives in the previous verses] be considerate as you live with your wives and treat them with respect.... so that nothing will hinder your prayers." 



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