If you would engage in effective praying,
you should bear in mind the laws of prevailing petitions:


You must qualify as a potent prayer
by sincerely and courageously facing the problems of universe reality.
You must possess cosmic stamina.


You must have honestly exhausted the human capacity for human adjustment.
You must have been industrious.


You must surrender every wish of mind and every craving of soul
to the transforming embrace of spiritual growth.
You must have experienced an enhancement of meanings and an elevation of values.


You must make a wholehearted choice of the divine will.
You must obliterate the dead center of indecision.


You not only recognize the Father's will and choose to do it, but
you have effected an unqualified consecration,
and a dynamic dedication, to the actual doing of the Father's will.


Your prayer will be directed exclusively for divine wisdom
to solve the specific human problems encountered
in the Paradise ascension—the attainment of divine perfection.


And you must have faith - living faith.

conditions of effective prayer - the urantia book - 91:9