1 Peter 3:13-22 Depending only on Christ

If you obey the word of God and follow the word of God, the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, his ears are open to them.  But if you are not seeking peace, do not even waste your time to pray because God will hear but will not heed your prayers.  Even when you fall, if you are obeying the word of God you will get up.  But if you take the fight into your own hands, you will have trouble.  God hears and answers the prayers of the righteous.  Even if you do suffer for doing right, do not be afraid and do not be anxious.  Continue to reverence Christ as Lord, and behave as you know you should.