5. “ACCORDING TO GOD’S WILL” PRAYERS
“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).
We can pray according to God’s will, by praying God’s Word. If we want our prayers to be powerful, we need to learn to pray the promises in God’s word back to Him. There are more than 3,000 promises from God in the Bible. How many do you know?
D.L. Moody said, “When I pray, I talk to God, but when I read the Bible, God is talking to me; and it is really more important that God should speak to me than that I should speak to Him I believe we should know better how to pray if we knew our Bibles better.”
Interestingly, when you read the biblical prayers that the first followers of Jesus wrote out in Scripture, they are so much different than what many believers pray today. They are from such a different perspective, they are concerned with very different things than what we so often worry about.
Listen to one of Paul’s prayers for the church in Colossea: “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light” (Colossians 1:9-12).
Doesn’t this seem different than the type of prayers you pray? I wonder that we should start to pray more of the Scripture, and by doing so, our prayers would be far more powerful.