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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, 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. While there is much truth in this verse, we should not take it out of context. Just because we ask God for something, doesn’t mean we will get exactly what we are requesting. 

This is where we need to remember the Scripture 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 will not be manipulated. When we pray, we are to pray according to His will. The Bible tells us if we pray according to His will, we will have what He wants. The key is not for God to do your will; it is for you to find God’s will and pray in that direction.

It is okay to pray for something, believing it is God’s will until He shows you otherwise. If it is His will to answer your prayer the way you are asking, then He will do so. However, if it is 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. Let us be diligent to stay faithful in prayer long enough to know His will and to experience His will coming to fruition. 

6 Comments

  1. Kelly on November 12, 2021 at 6:32 am

    I have this experience and I understand how God’s
    Will is what will come to fruition

  2. Susette Loughney on November 12, 2021 at 8:35 am

    I do understand I have been praying a couple things through the years it took a long time but my prayers were answered and I guess it was God’s will for me so I was very blessed now I need to pray for his will now for my life I have been praying I need to listen to where he needs me to be or go.

    • Vanequa on November 13, 2021 at 2:53 am

      Amen amen

  3. Anita on November 12, 2021 at 8:37 am

    This is the best depiction to answer to prayer and spirtually biblically 100% right on, that I have ever read.

  4. Betty Laughlin on November 12, 2021 at 11:36 am

    It is hard to wait for an answer from God when I want relief now. I wonder if I am not asking for the right thing or in the right way. I know He knows what l am going through.It is hard to wait for His answer

  5. James W Howell on November 12, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    I have been praying for years for Salvation for My Sons, Grandsons, Daughters. Patience is sometimes difficult. GOD sustaines Me always, even when I don’t realize it. Thy Will be Done. PRAISE GOD ! Faith

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