“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15
Believers all around the world often pray for many different things. Many of them do not get what they pray for and are discouraged. They don’t understand why God does not answer them. Then they see another person pray and it seems like every prayer gets answered. And they wonder why.
John answers this in these verses. Most believers know the part of the verse saying that if they can have confidence that if they approach God He will hear them. What is often forgotten is the part that says asking anything according to His will.
This changes whether God hears you are not. What are you asking God for? Is it something that is in His will? Or is it just something you want?
Never forget how Jesus prayed in the garden right before His crucifixion. He asked the Father for the cup of crucifixion to be removed, but only if it was the Father’s will for that to be done. Jesus was open to doing or having whatever the Father wanted Him to do or have.
In life you only see the here and now. That is a very small picture in light of all eternity and the rest of the world. God may be having you go through a rough situation in life to be a witness to someone else, or to strengthen you yourself. When Lazarus was sick don’t you think that Mary and Martha were already praying for his healing? Yet Jesus said it was good that He was not there and that Lazarus died. In the end there was a greater miracle done.
When you pray, you must be willing to be led by the Holy Spirit in your prayers. Allow God to guide you in what to pray. Find out what God’s will is for each and every situation you pray for. When you start praying for what God wants, He will be more than happy to meet that need in the way prayed.
Remember it is God who is in control and knows what is best for you and everyone else. You are not the one in control.
I pray today that you will allow yourself to be guided by God’s Holy Spirit in your prayers; that your prayers will be asked in God’s desires; that you will trust in God’s ways of doing things; and that you will allow God to use you to be His witness to this world.