1. Entire dependence upon the merits and mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ as the only ground of any claim of blessing. "Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do..." (John 14:13,14).
2. Separation from all known sin. "If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened." (Psalm 66:18).
3. Faith in God's Word of promise as confirmed by His oath. "For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him." (Hebrews 11:6).
4. Asking in accordance with His will. Our motives must be godly. "You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions." (James 4:3).
5. Importunity in supplication. There must be waiting on God and waiting for God, as the husbandman has long patience God and waiting for God, as the husbandman has long patience to wait for the harvest. "And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night?" (Luke 18:7).