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If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

- John 15:7

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

- I John 3:22

And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us.

- I John 5:14

 

Which affections (or qualities) of true prayer are evident in the prayer of the publican, but absent in the prayer of the Pharisee?

Which affections or qualities of prayer are illustrated by the following examples?

    A servant once approached Alexander the Great to ask him for some financial aid. Alexander told him to go to his treasurer and ask for the amount he wanted.

    A little later, the treasurer appeared before Alexander and told him that the man had asked for an enormous sum, and that he wanted to confirm this amount before paying it.

    "Give him that which he asked for," replied Alexander. "He has treated me like a king in his asking, and I shall treat him as a king in my giving!"

    Do you believe in God as the King of kings? Is this reflected in the requests you bring to Him?


    A native boy, under deep conviction of sin, was very discouraged, thinking that there was no prayer for such a sinful person as he was.

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