Asking According to His Will

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

1 John 5:14-15

God’s plans for each of His children are perfect. The will of God, according to Scripture, is good, pleasing and perfect. Many times we complain that we do not receive what we have asked for in prayer. Before we complain to God that we are not pleased, it is better to ask the following question: are our requests aligned with God’s will? If the answer is no, then it is no surprise that it has not been answered favorably. If the answer is yes, as John says: we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

The first thing to keep in mind is that God loves us. Titus 3:4-7 says, But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

The love of God has manifested in the world through Jesus Christ, who took the place of every man and woman that has existed on earth to pay with His precious blood the price of our redemption. There is no better gift than this from God, which shows that every request for salvation is a prayer that conforms to the will of God and will be answered in the right time. I know of someone who was praying for my conversion for 30 years; but God answered that prayer and today my greatest passion is to serve Jesus Christ.

If you do not know the will of God, ask Him to show you, just as David did. Psalm 143:10 says, Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness. This request will be answered by God since His desire is that we know His will. And the will of God will always be for our good. It is impossible for a Father as loving as He is not willing to give the best that exists to each of His children.

In addition to praying to teach us His will, we already have in us who can help us to ask God’s will. Romans 8:26 says, Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[a] with groanings which cannot be uttered. Prayer in the Spirit will always be answered because it is a prayer aligned to the will of God. Those unspeakable moans that come out of your mouth when you pray in the Spirit go directly to the heart of God.

We can be praying to God without getting an answer and we can even get angry with Him for not giving us what we ask for. If the doctors say that you have to do a complex surgery for your son whose cost is $50,000, God may not supply you with that amount of money, not because he does not want his healing, but to glorify himself by doing the miracle of healing. Let us keep in mind what James 4:3 says, You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Therefore, let us align our petitions according to the will of God and we will be sure that He will always answer our prayer. God bless you.

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