"Praying for the Will of God." 1 John 5:14-15 on this week's Word of Grace Devotion with Pastor Joe Marquez.
THE WORD OF GRACE DEVOTION FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2015
PRAYING THE WILL OF GOD
1 JOHN 5:14-15, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
Beloved, I believe that 1 John 5:14-15 provides to us the secret to answered prayer. Let us look at this and learn to apply it to our lives.
Beloved, when it comes to prayer, the first element of prayer is to pray or ask. I realize that this may sound simple but 1 John 5:14says, “but if we ask.” So we need to ask. James 4:2-3 says, “You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
Secondly, the key to answered prayer is praying according to the will of God. We often wonder if what we are praying will be answered or provided for us. 1 John 5:14-15 gives us the assurance that if we pray according to God’s will, “we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
So how do we pray according to His will? Beloved, His word is His will! Beloved, our prayers should be more than asking for a million dollars. Our prayers need to be set in God’s will and word. When we pray we may need to ask ourselves, “Does God desire to answer this prayer request? Is this a legitimate prayer request or am I merely asking for something, “to spend it on my passions?”
Beloved, I acknowledge that many times when I pray I am asking for the Lord to fulfill my will, my desires and my requests. I must learn to pray to fulfill His Will for my life! Then when I pray I can have the confidence that if I ask anything according to His will, He will hear me. And I know that if He hears me, whatever I ask, I know that I have the petitions that I have asked of Him!
Beloved, 1st John is a book of assurance. In 1st John we have the assurance that we can know that we are saved and the assurance that we can know that the Lord will answer our prayers.
Beloved, when we pray, let us pray the will of God for our lives. Remember, His Word is His will. May our prayers be rooted in God’s Word!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!