The foundations of prayer
Explain your answers in essay format. What are the foundations of prayer? Why are they important? What are the conditions for answered prayer? What qualities must you have before you can be sure God will answer your prayers? What are the motives for prayer? Reflect upon your personal motivations for prayer. James 4:3 says, “Or if you do ask, you do not receive because your reasons for asking are wrong. You want these things only to please yourselves.” If this is true for you in any way, shape or form put yourself in God’s place; how would you respond to all the insincere, selfish requests that would come your way? Would they help someone who obviously wanted worldly pleasure and success and had no real concern for the cause of God? Ask yourself whether or not you are glad God did not give you what you asked for at some point in your life.