Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

God listens to those who worship Him

 ... the New Testament expands on the conditions, giving us a fuller view of what is involved in effective prayer:

  1.      John 9:31—“We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.”
  2.      John 14:13—“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
  3.      John 15:7—“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.”
  4.      1 John 3:22—“Whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.”
  5.      1 John 5:14—“This is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”

As these passages reveal, there is more to receiving what we desire from God than the mere asking. Trust in God is not enough. There must be proper reverence for God, obedience to His will, and an ongoing communion with Christ. The request must be made in accordance with the revealed will of God, and in accordance with His nature and character.

Source: R.C. Sproul, R. 2009. Does Prayer Change Things?. Vol. 3. The Crucial Questions Series. Lake Mary, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing.


John 9:30–33 (ESV)
30 The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

God, hear my prayers. I pray and ask in Jesus' name, not because I believe it is a magical incantation, but in confidence because I believe and know that my prayer request is directed to You, my Saviour and Lord who loves me, and who is the Great High Priest, and intercessor.

I pray as your child who worships and adores You. I pray as Your child who seeks to faithfully walk with You in obedience to Your revealed will. I pray that God may be glorified in the answering of my prayers.

In Jesus' Name

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