Conditions Of Prevailing Prayer -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 13:1 (Spring 1970)
Article: Conditions Of Prevailing Prayer
Author: Anonymous

Conditions Of Prevailing Prayer

George Mueller’s five grand conditions of prevailing prayer:

1. Entire dependence upon the merits and mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ, as the only ground of any claim for blessing (John 14:13, 14; 15:16, etc).

2. Separation from all known sin. If we regard iniquity in our hearts, the Lord will not hear us, for it would be sanctioning sin (Psalm 66:18).

3. Faith in God’s word of promise as confirmed by His oath. Not to believe Him is to make Him both a liar and a perjurer (Hebrews 11:6; 6:13–20).

4. Asking in accordance with His will. Our motives must be godly: we must not seek any gift of God to consume it upon our own lusts (I John 5:13; James 4:3).

5. Importunity in supplication. There must be waiting on God and waiting for God, as the husbandman has long patience to wait for the harvest (James 5:7; Luke 18:1–10).

The first lays the basis of all prayer, in our oneness with the great High Priest. The second states a condition of prayer, found in abandonment of sin. The third reminds us of the need of honoring God by faith that He is, and is the Rewarder of the diligent seeker. The fourth reveals the sympathy with God that helps us to ask what is for our good and His glory. The last teaches us that, having laid hold of God in prayer, we are to keep hold until His arm is outstretched in blessing.

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