God’s Will in Prayer

God’s Will in Prayer

Prayer seems to be one of the most invigorating and the most maddening experiences in life. We all ask the questions of Prayer such as: Why does prayer seem to be so difficult? Why does God answer some prayer requests but not others?

However, when God, the God of the universe, the one true God, answers your prayer, it’s a moment like no other. There is much complexity & mystery here, but there are effects that are consistent and influenced through prayer.

John is inspired to pen these words so that we might grow in our confidence in our prayer life with the Father,

1 John 5:13 I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for.

So then, how do we ask according to God’s will for our lives? Asking according to God’s will involves focusing on God’s design for our life and that design is informed through scripture – it also reveals what God says is important. Jesus stated it this way,

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you (John 15:7).

So, let’s continue to be shaped by listening to & praying God’s word. Here are a few examples of asking in accordance with God’s will:

  • Ask God for more practical insight into scripture so that you can become more godly in character (Ps.119:33-34).

  • Ask God for better understanding of what God has given you in Christ (Eph.1:16-19) & how much God loves you (Eph.3:16-19) so you can mature spiritually.

  • Ask God for greater love for other people (1 Thess. 3:12) Ask God for better discernment on how to love them effectively (Phil.1:9).

  • Ask God for opportunities to share God’s story, your story, & the courage & wisdom to make the most of those opportunities (Col. 4:3-4; Eph. 6:19-20).

  • Ask for God to expose sinful attitudes that are hurting you and others and dishonoring God (Ps.139:23-24).

  • Ask God for wisdom to understand what he wants to teach you through the adverse circumstances he has allowed into your life (Jas.1:5).

  • Try also praying along these same lines for the mosaic family for others in the family of God. 1 John 5:16 —John says God will answer such prayers!

Do you see why you combine prayer with regular reading through the whole Bible?

It soaks you in God’s priorities. This is why it is good to turn whole passages into prayer.

“Prayer is not a convenient device for imposing our will on God, or for bending His will to ours, but the prescribed way of subordinating our will to His. It is by prayer that we seek God’s will, embrace it and align ourselves with it. Every true prayer is a variation on the theme ‘Your will be done.’” — John R. W. Stott

— thanks to Gary DeLashmutt for the great insight

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