Prayers must meet certain
requirements if they are to be acceptable to God. First, they must be
directed exclusively to God—not to Jesus, to a "saint," or to an idol.
(Exodus 20:4, 5)
Prayers must also be offered in the name of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
(John 14:6) Does this mean that our prayers are heard by Jesus first and
that he relays the message to God? No. Rather, by praying to Jehovah in
the name of Jesus, we identify ourselves as Christ’s disciples and we
acknowledge that it is only because of his ransom that we are able to
approach God.—Hebrews 4:14-16.
Prayers must be offered in faith. The apostle Paul pointed out: "Without
faith it is impossible to please [God] well, for he that approaches God
must believe that he is and that he becomes the rewarder of those
earnestly seeking him." (Hebrews 11:6) How does a person know if he has
that kind of faith? The Bible writer James answers: "I shall show you my
faith by my works." (James 2:18) Yes, faith produces actions, and they,
in turn, show that we love God and are trying to please him.