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We live in a world where relationships are important. Many individuals put great value on their relationships with those in powerful positions. In fact some are willing to pay considerable sums of money in order to have access to the "movers and shakers" of society. How much would someone pay for access to the most powerful being in the universe?

God has granted members of His Church the tremendous privilege of developing a close, intimate relationship with Him. In fact we are called His children (Romans 8:14-16 Romans 8:14-16 [14] For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. [15] For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. [16] The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
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), which implies a close, loving relationship. God gives us the privilege of appearing before His throne any time we choose.

We are given a glimpse of that throne in Revelation 4:2-11 Revelation 4:2-11 [2] And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. [3] And he that sat was to look on like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like to an emerald. [4] And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and on the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. [5] And out of the throne proceeded lightning and thunder and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. [6] And before the throne there was a sea of glass like to crystal: and in the middle of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. [7] And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. [8] And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. [9] And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who lives for ever and ever, [10] The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that lives for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, [11] You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.
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. John describes a vision he was given of God's glorious throne and the honor and glory the four living creatures and 24 elders give Him.

And yet we are encouraged to "come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16 Hebrews 4:16Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
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). Our prayers are described as incense before God's throne (Revelation 5:8 Revelation 5:8And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.
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). We didn't have to pay for this privilege—God granted us access through grace.

Who Does God Hear?

We also live in societies where many people pray to God on a regular basis. For example, according to a survey conducted by Barna Research in 2001, 82 percent of adults surveyed indicated that they pray during a typical week. But does God listen to any and every prayer? King David stated in Psalms 66:18 Psalms 66:18If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
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, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear." God inspired Isaiah to record, "When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood" (Isaiah 1:15 Isaiah 1:15And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
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). These are just two verses that indicate God does not listen to every prayer offered to Him.

How do we know that God hears us? Certain conditions have to be met. As we have just seen, God does not listen to those who live their lives in rebellion to Him (Isaiah 59:1-2 Isaiah 59:1-2 [1] Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: [2] But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
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). Therefore one condition of answered prayer is obedience. The apostle John was inspired to write, "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 3:22 1 John 3:22And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
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Believing Prayers

Another condition to answered prayer is faith. We must pray to God in faith in order to please Him. "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6 Hebrews 11:6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
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As we communicate with our Creator, we must do so through faith and sincerity. God does not answer faithless prayers (James 1:5-7 James 1:5-7 [5] If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him. [6] But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. [7] For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
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). Christ instructed His disciples, "Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them" (Mark 11:24 Mark 11:24Therefore I say to you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.
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When we pray, we are instructed to ask in Christ's name. As we make our requests to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, we are recognizing Christ's authority as our High Priest. Christ instructed His disciples, "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son" (John 14:13 John 14:13And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
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Making our requests in the name of Jesus Christ implies that our prayers are in harmony with Christ's will. We have the responsibility to continually study God's Word in order to understand His will. Once we understand God's will, we can make our requests with great confidence. The apostle John wrote, "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him" (1 John 5:14-15 1 John 5:14-15 [14] And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us: [15] And if we know that he hear us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
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As we strive to be obedient, seeking God in faith, we can approach our Heavenly Father through the office of our High Priest, Jesus Christ. We can ask anything according to God's will, knowing with confidence that He hears us and will grant our requests. This is the most valuable relationship that I can imagine! Let's continue to develop and strengthen that relationship by walking and talking with God on a daily basis. UN

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