This is part 3 of a 5 part series. (Read Part 1, Part 2).
Before, we stated that Jesus left himself no qualifier or conditional statement in this verse in order to allow an excuse for any unanswered prayers or answers that don’t fit our original criteria. That isn’t entirely true. There is a qualifier, a conditional statement in this verse, but it isn’t for the purpose of excusing God’s answers or redefining what answers are even acceptable. The condition is for the purpose of defining what constitutes a prayer that is asking for something. It is for the intent of distinguishing a prayer from a wish, a supplication from superstition.