Prayer and the Will of God


Prayer is good for the soul.  It gets us into a state of expressing our hearts about our own circumstances, and it gets us out of ourselves and thinking about the concerns of other people around us.  Have you thought about taking your concerns to God in prayer?

14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
1John 5:14-15

Those are two good things which come from prayer.  In fact, they are good reasons to pray even if God’s will is heading in a different direction…

John teaches us in his words about that when we pray according to the will of God, the Lord hears us and we will see our prayer answered positively.  That is, when we pray in the will of God.  This begs the question, ‘what happens when we pray outside of the will of God?’  He doesn’t answer positively.  God’s answer is either no or wait in those situations.

We still get the benefit, however, of the blessing of the outlet of prayer and the building of concern for others.  Regardless of the outcome, those two benefits exist whenever we pray – and therefore, it’s good for us to pray.  We want to make a difference, though, don’t we?

We don’t simply want to pray to feel good.  We would like to contribute toward things around us improving and resolving and reconciling and healing.  Right?

Then get in touch with the will of God.  How will we know the will of God?

His Bible is full of it, for starters.  Here are some statements of the will of God off the top of my head this morning:

God’s will is for good to come of our circumstances: 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

God’s will is for people to be reconciled to himself: 14 Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.
2Samuel 14:14

God’s will is for each of us to obtain salvation in Jesus: 4 [God] wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
1Timothy 2:4

God’s will is for us to rely on him and not ourselves, especially when we are burdened: 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

These truths of God’s will can be turned into powerful prayers toward the issues of our lives and those around us.  Romans 8 also promises that when we do not know how to pray, the Holy Spirit of God intercedes and prays on our behalf.

Let’s pray in the will of God and change the world for the better!

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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