Day Twenty: Praying According to God’s Will
Pray: That your pastor and elders would have a spirit of wisdom and understanding.
“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).
I believe that the key to this promise is “if we ask anything according to His will.” For many people God’s will is mysterious. But God has revealed His will in His Word, and by His Spirit.
It’s easy to pray according to His will when our will agrees with His. But true prayer is not trying to convince God to do what we want, but rather “…your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
Years ago a close relative was very will with cancer. We had prayed for her often, and she had been anointed for healing, but to no avail. A friend of mine stopped by my house one day, and said, “The Lord led me here today to pray with you. I think we should pray for ____.“ Then he added, “How do you think we should pray?”
That was a tough question. I loved this relative dearly. I wanted her to be healed. But in the depths of my heart, I believed the Lord’s will was to take her “home,” and I said so. My friend led in prayer and said, “Lord, take her home. Take her now!” Then he left. An hour later I received a phone call saying that she had passed away. Praying according to God’s will can be tough.
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