“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)
There is a well-known passage of Scripture in the book of Matthew that says this, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).
Matthew goes on to write about how the Father gives good gifts to those who ask Him. And while there is so much truth to hold onto in this verse, it is important that we don’t take it out of context. Just because we ask God for something, doesn’t mean we’re going to get exactly what we ask for.
This is where we need to remember what Scripture says in 1 John 5:14-15, “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.”
God is not going to be manipulated. When we pray, we are to pray according to His will. The Bible tells us if we pray according to His will, then we will have what He wants. The key is not for God to do your will; it is for you and for me to find God’s will and pray in that direction.
Now, it’s okay to pray for something believing it is God’s will until He shows you otherwise. Because if it is His will to answer your prayer the way you’re asking Him to, then He will do so. But if it’s His will to answer your prayer differently, He will make that clear as well. He will show you what He wants to show you, and He will speak where He wants to speak. But let us be diligent to stay faithful in prayer long enough to know His will and to experience His willcoming to fruition.