Prayer: Two Conditions Must Be Met

by A.W.Tozer on June 16, 2014


Prayer: Two Conditions Must Be Met

By A.W.Tozer

"Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward
God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His
commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight"

1 John 3:21-22

When we go to God with a request that He modify the existing
situation for us, that is, that He answer prayer, there are two
conditions that we must meet: (1) We must pray in the will of God
and (2) we must be on what old-fashioned Christians often call
"praying ground"; that is, we must be living lives pleasing to God.

It is futile to beg God to act contrary to His revealed purposes.
To pray with confidence the petitioner must be certain that his
request falls within the broad will of God for His people.

The second condition is also vitally important. God has not placed
Himself under obligation to honor the requests of worldly, carnal
or disobedient Christians. He hears and answers the prayers only
of those who walk in His way...(1 John 3:21-22; John 15:7)....

The truth is that God always answers the prayer that accords with
His will as revealed in the Scriptures, provided the one who prays
is obedient and trustful. Further than this we dare not go.
Man, the Dwelling Place of God, pp. 86-87

"Lord, in the power of Your Holy Spirit, help me to be obedient
today. May everything I think and do be pleasing in Your sight.