Christianity 201

April 9, 2012

Praying According To God’s Will

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This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us – 1 John 5:14

Embracing the will of God is the highest attainment of prayer.  If the petitions we lift up to our heavenly Father are in harmony with his purposes, we can be fully confident he will hear them.  Of course, he might not answer in the manner or the time that we expect, for he knows the need better than we do and he will orchestrate his reply to conform to his higher and nobler design for our lives.

How can we ensure that our prayers are “according to his will”?

Keep in mind that

  • we pray not to inform God’s mind, for he already knows all things even before we ask. 
  • We pray not to change his mind, for he already has a plan in place and knows what is best. 

Rather, we pray to receive his mind – to ask him to place his desires in our hearts so we can become cooperative instruments of the work he desires to do on the earth.

~found on a church bulletin, source unknown.

And if you missed this at Thinking Out Loud earlier today…

Really, really looking forward to getting my computer back! In the meantime, here’s a great song for Easter Monday. Most people know the version here by Robin Mark, but there’s also the Bethel Live version which rocks it out a bit more and adds a bridge after some of the verses. Apparently, the song is a Welsh hymn, though most people would assume it to be part of the modern worship repertoire.

God’s grace and love… vast as the ocean.

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