One way to improve the effectiveness of your prayers is to find out what God want and ask Him to do that.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (1Jo 5:13-15)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. (Joh 14:12-14)
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (Joh 15:7)
Ask … According to His Will
John told his readers how to pray with confidence. If we ask according to God’s will, we can be confident that He will hear us. This is the way to ask and receive. I think that means we that both how we pray and what we pray for should be in line with God’s will. This prayer principle makes perfect sense. For God to deny your prayer, He would have to deny His own will.
Jesus asked told us to pray in His name. If you think that saying, “in Jesus name,” at the end of your pray is all this means, your missing something important. The name of Jesus isn’t a magic word. Jesus meant that we should pray as His representatives – to ask for what He would ask for.
So how do you pray according to God’s will, how do you know what Jesus would ask? The obvious answer is to search the Scriptures. Knowing the Word of God is the best way to know the will of God. In fact, you might find it helpful to actually pray Bible passages for specific people and needs. here are some examples:
- Lord, You are not slack concerning Your promise, You are not willing that _____ should perish, but that _____ should come to repentance. (2Pe 3:9)
- God, please supply all _____’s need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phi 4:19)
What About You?
- Do you seek to find God’s will about the things you pray for?
- Do you know God’s Word well enough to know God’s will?