“How to know the will of God” was a question I ask myself over and over again, until I heard a sermon; “God’s Will in Prayer” on March 14, 2006. After that message, I started digging into the Word, uncovering supporting evidence that believers in Christ can actually know God’s will when they pray. “REALLY?” YES, really!
Turn to 1 John 5:14-15 and read along with me. These two verses, is where my investigation first began.
Verse 14, “And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.”
Verse 15, “And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the request made of Him.”
The Will of God is the Word of God. How did I come to this revelation? In the Amplified Version of verse 14, the translators put “in agreement with His plan” in parentheses ( ). That signifies additional phases of meaning included in the original word, phrase, or clause of the original language. God’s plan can be found in His Word; therefore, I can say that the Will of God is His Word [His plan]. Taking that evidence further; knowing the Will or Word gives you confidence. 1 John 5:14 tells us that God will hear us if…we ask in His Word or His Will. With that established, “When doesn’t God hear us?” When we pray without boldness or confidence. Pray His Word and God will grant our request, not with “maybe” or “no, not now” but with an absolute knowledge, that anything that we ask for, He will grant it to us!
Where does “CONFIDENCE” come from? Romans 10:17 says, “So FAITH comes by hearing [what is told]…” and Psalm 119:105, 13o say that, “the Word of God is light”. Never pray in weakness or darkness. I have learned over the past few years, by experience and by God’s answers, to go to God’s Word before I pray. See what God has to say about it. Now if you are in your car driving and Holy Spirit ask you to pray as you drive, you won’t have a bible to read. BUT…if you have God’s Word planted in your heart as word-seed, you can bring it to harvest, in any circumstance.
Go to Mark 1 and see how a leper came to Jesus and asked Him to be healed. See if you can pick out some of the clues I found regarding healing. I used this verse when my wife was told that she had breast cancer.
Verse 40, “And a leper came to Him (Jesus), begging Him on his knees and saying to Him, If you are willing, You are able to make me clean.”
Verse 41, “And being moved with pity and sympathy, Jesus reach out His hand and touched him, and said to him, I am willing; be made clean!”
Verse 42, “And at once the leprosy [completely] left him and he was made clean [by being healed].”
Well, what clues did you find in Mark 1:40-41 concerning the leper’s healing request? “…if you are willing” can also read, “…if you are pleased to”. And Jesus’ answer, “I AM willing”.
I have heard this next prayer request in churches for years. Praying for the “lost” or the “un-saved”, if it be in God’s will. The prayer might sound like this, “If it be your will Lord, save him or them!”. That is not the correct prayer as I look into “the will of God” concerning salvation.
2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, BUT He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring [willing] that any should perish, but that ALL should turn to repentance.”
Acts 16:31, “And they answered, Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ [give yourself up to Him, take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself to His keeping] and you will be saved…”
The correct prayer would to be in praying God’s Word. It might sound like this: “Father, send laborers… for the Harvest is ready. Your Word say’s so Father and I have faith and confidence that you will grant my request stated in 1 John 5:14-15.” Do you see the difference in those two prayers?
I have kept hand-written notes on word studies in spiral wound notebooks for years. They are invaluable to a “Word Detective”; uncovering forgotten evidence about truths in God’s Word [Bible]. I found the following clues in knowing “God’s Will in Prayer”, dated February 7, 2007. It’s based on The Word spoken in Mark 9:22-23.
Verse 23, “And Jesus said, [You can say to Me], If You can do anything? [Why,] all things can be (are possible) to him who believes.”
What is God’s will in prayer? Jesus says, “ALL things can be (are possible)…” IF, you believe! It is “conditional“. Are you a “Possibility Thinker”? Don’t limit God by “impossibility thinking”; “If it be your will Lord…” His WILL is His Word and His Word says, “BELIEVE” and anything and everything is possible. You are going to have to re-arrange your thinking when you ask in Jesus Name. I am “practicing what I am preaching” here folks. We don’t have to wait for God to do it.!
Quit looking in the “natural” to see if it is going to work. You have to talk faith with your mouth, NOT doubt. If you pray with any doubt in your thinking, then it is called “fear based prayer”. Don’t manifest your fears with “if’s” in your asking. Most people (not ALL people) ask people to pray for them because their confidence isn’t there.
The next time you pray by yourself or in a prayer circle, remember this important, word based fact: “Don’t cancel out your prayer with fear and doubt”. Confidence comes from your faith belief [FAITH can be defined as “the practical expression of the confidence in God and in His Word.”]
If I decided, looking in the bathroom mirror after showering in the morning, “Mel, you need to go to the gym and start working out!”. I go to work out and decide that I will look more physically fit if I lift 500 pound weights rather than 5-lb. weights. I think that is the reason someone named weights, “dumb-bells”. A trainer will tell you, to start with smaller weights first, then build your self up to the larger weights. Excercise does lead to development and exercising your confidence works in the same way.
The next time you are praying, keep this principle in you “thinker” and “knower”.
#1. “I prayed it…”
#2. “He heard it…”
#3. “I’ve got it…!”
How do you feel after this work out today?