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A. T. Pierson

Conditions of Answered Prayer

Arthur (A. T.) Pierson was born on March 6, 1837 in New York City. The 9th of 10 children, he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister at the age of 23, and became well known as a pastor and author. Much of the attention given him was due to his appeals for missions, particularly through a book entitled: "The Crisis of Missions." When Charles Spurgeon died, he was asked to fill the pulpit of the Metropolitan Tabernacle for two years, though he hadn't yet been baptized by immersion—a requirement of the Baptist church. During his lifetime he wrote over 50 books and preached over 13,000 sermons. He also write a well-known biography on George Müller who became a close friend over time. He died in 1911.


1. Renunciation of all known sin. "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me," Psalm 66:18.

2. A spirit of forgiveness. "When you stand praying, forgive, if you have aught against any. "Mark 11:25.

3. The confidence of faith. " Whatever things you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them," Mark 11:24.

4. A spiritual motive. " You ask and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts," James 4:3.

5. "In Jesus' name." " If you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it," John 14:13, 14 & 16:23.

6. According to God's will. " If we ask anything according to His will He hears us," I John 5:14.

7. Some conspicuous promises which fortify our feeble faith!

8. The promptness of Divine help. "Before they call I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear," Isaiah 65:24.

9. The possibilities of faith. "If thou will believe, all things are possible to him that believes," Mark 9:23.

10. Abiding union with Christ. "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you," John 15:7.

11. God's immeasurable ability. "Able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think," Eph. 3:20.

12. The riches in glory. "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus," Phil. 4:19.

13. Agreement in prayer. "If two of you agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them by my Father who is in heaven," Matt. 18:19.