Wouldn’t it be awesome if you knew God heard your prayers and that the answers were on the way? Pastor Paul explores praying God’s will.
Last week we looked at the importance of forgiveness.
You may remember that the Bible says that the Lord may not listen to our prayers when we are involved in deliberate sin. He may not listen to our prayers when we live in unforgiveness.
But we find in John 5:14-15, that “This is the confidence that we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we ask for.”
Three things that jump out at me from this passage:
- According to His will
It is important for us to have this relationship with Jesus in order to know His will.
1. Why do we lose confidence?
1. I prayed for something and it did not come to pass.
2. Sin in our life – We have a tendency towards imperfection.
3. We no longer care about our fellow believers enough to pray on their behalf.
4. We make prayer too much about our self!
“Understanding what I want to do through you is more important than you telling me what you want to do for me.”
Where do you want me to go? (Asking God for what we want)
What do you want to do through me where I am? (Asking God for what He wants)
2. Ways to improve your confidence in prayer
Ask according to His will
Believe (Matthew 21:22 If you believe you will receive what you ask for in prayer)
Connected to Jesus (John 15:4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.)
3. According to the will of God
1 Peter 4:7 Be clear minded and self controlled so you can pray.
What are some of the things the Bible teaches about the will of God?
Wisdom (James 1:5) – If any of you lacks wisdom he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault.
James continues and later explains there are two kinds of wisdom
a. Worldly wisdom
Of the devil
b. Godly wisdom
Full of mercy
Worldly wisdom is selfish and envious. Godly wisdom is beneficial for others.
Jesus did not want us to pray for ripe fruit
Jesus did ask for us to pray for people to be about the harvest work.
Asking for the Holy Spirit Ephesians 5:18 Do not be get drunk on wine… Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
Asking for help Daniel 6:11
In the Old Testament they would seek God before they made important decisions.
Seek a prophet.
Have a priest make a sacrifice.
Don the ‘Ephod’ from the temple.
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