THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 11: Pray According To The Will of God
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: Praying in the will of God is not an unrighteous attempt to know God. However we do know God as His commandments teach us and an indication of His will. For example walking by the poor only to drink water while they have none and praying for a golden water vessel is not in God’s will.
Peace be unto you. To the Church and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
Beloved many days come by that the saints feel a manner of fatigue. However we may give out but we will never give up. Trials, ditches and various obstacles are cast in the pathway of those that stand on God and Truth. But the Word teaches that the world does not know God. Those that do stand in opposition to the world’s values are in need of prayer. Thus as we pray we look to the will of God. Follow us now as we note several scriptures that will give us a Biblical base for praying in the will of God. Have mercy Lord?
At the 5th and last Division of I John at verse 14 we find a succinct scripture reference. Here we find another blessing from John inspired by God and Christ. Also look to verse 15 for a further revelation on this subject.
I John 5: 14: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.”
I John 5: 15: “And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
Beloved the sincere saints of God are responsible. They come not to ask of God wild unscriptural requests. True believers pray not for a space ship or a Rolls Royce. They also come not seeking harm for the enemies of God and God’s people but instead offering up prayers of mercy desiring that all will be saved the righteous and the unrighteous. So as we stay in the Spirit realizing the essence of prayer we do not expect God to grant requests that are not Bible based. However those that do not study the Bible are not responsible Christians. These same people also challenge the essence of Christianity as to know Christ is to know what is in the Word.
Meanwhile verse 15 helps us to understand that when our petitions are heard it means that we acted accordingly. If not God would not have granted them. This does not mean that all scriptural requests are immediately answered by God. Often many of us have great difficulty realizing the time in which God answers our prayers. As we go through this series we will gain more understanding here. But at the moment we note that there is no guarantee in the flesh that our prayers will be answered. Some prayers have already been answered. Some are needless requests and some will be granted in time.
As we move to a cross reference regarding our primary verse and praying in the will of God turn back to I John 3. In verse 11-24 John teaches about the love we should have for other Christians. Our primary verses are 21-22 however we will box these verses in with verse 20 and 23 to get a greater revelation here.
I John 3: 20-23: “For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.”
“Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.”
“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”
“And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.”
Beloved God knows your heart. Therefore if we fail to do our duty as Christians we will be self-condemned. Thus if we feel that we have been derelict in our duties surely God knows that we have failed in our Christian responsibility. For example if someone is praying out of the will of God and we identify this problem we are help the brethren. Thus tactfully through Bible study etc. we are to note the scriptural bases of a proper prayer. Failure to do so lands us in trouble with God. Meanwhile many are run out of various Church houses because they wish not to get in trouble with God. However when these people try to inform the brethren of a specific law of God they are often found in contempt. Thus what develops is an attitude among many of the “lost saved” that rejects any new information about the Bible. What they have not heard they don’t want to hear. Sadly these people believe they have already heard and received the formula for salvation and have already arrived.
But love is at the center of our quest to pray in the will of God and help the brethren. However we cannot receive God’s blessings if we do not keep His commandments. This means those people that resist and reject Bible knowledge are mis-informed and lost. To keep His commandments means we have to consult the Bible to learn what God says we are to receive. This consultation with scripture also includes our learning of the things to do to please God. Bottom line is if you do not read and study the Bible you know not what God would have you to do.
Meanwhile as we move to our final verse for a further explanation we see love once more. We must believe in Christ and love the brethren thus one is obedient to God. Believing in Christ is more than just professing this verbally. Your belief will motivate you to carry out His teachings. So in faith we will show our works also see James 2: 18.
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 24 July 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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