5. Your asking must be in the name of Jesus.
And 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.
Too often we think of this in terms of a spiritual formula. We pray whatever we want, then say “In Jesus’ name” at the end. Nothing can be further from the truth. We’re representatives of Christ. This means that we’re asking on behalf of Christ. We are praying what He would be praying in the same situation.
6. You must remain in Christ.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
This one is all about relationship. Many want to know how to get all their prayers answered while living for themselves. That will never happen. The closer my relationship with Christ is, the more I pray according to His will. Then I see the answers because they’re in His will.
7. You must be bearing spiritual fruit.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
Spiritual fruit are a sign of maturity. The more of the Word of God we plant in our life, the greater the harvest. It’s the same in the natural. I don’t know any children who get everything they ask for. Maturity breeds answered prayer.
8. Your asking must be with a clear conscience.
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.
1 John 3:21-22
Too often we know what God is calling us to do, but we ignore it. When our conscience is not clear before God, we are open to the enemy’s accusations. It’s hard to trust God when we are under the cloud of a guilty conscience. That’s why a repentant life is so important.
When we operate in the calling of God it’s His good pleasure to supply what is needed to complete our destiny. That’s the true secret to seeing our prayers answered.
Question: What’s the relationship between the will of God and answered prayer?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013