John 11:42 And I knew that thou hearest me always:
1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,
Have you ever thought that yielding to the will of God was doing His will, even though you didn’t want to? If you have you’re not alone. Many Christians see obedience as giving into God’s will even though you want to do something else. Often people think that Jesus told the Father in the Garden, “I would that this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done”; but that He really wanted out of the whole arrangement, and just decided to do the right thing and gave into God’s will. Nothing could be more incorrect. And when it comes to learning the keys to effective prayer, no misconception could be more misleading. The fact is that the secret to effective prayer is coming to the place of genuinely desiring the will of God. God isn’t looking for pathways with open valves. He’s looking for people with agreeing desires. People who use their will to do His will.
In our text John states that God hears us…
“if we ask any thing according to His will…”
The Greek work used for “ask” means to beg, crave, desire, require. This is far from a passive or reluctant acquiescence to God’s will.
STRONG’S 154. aijte-aiteo, ahee-teh’-o; of uncertain derivation; to ask (in genitive case): -ask, beg, call for, crave, desire, require.
You quickly get the picture that God wants us to genuinely want His will. What we humans WILL is most critical to the events of life here on Earth. I would even say that what we WILL is as important as what God WILLS here in the Earth. There is a very specific reason that God requires our sincere-hearted will to line up with His in order to move in this world.
Eph. 6:6 …as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
And that reason is wrapped up in the authority He invested in us when He said:
Gen. 1:26 …let them have dominion…”
God who will honor His Word above His name, set in motion the terms by which He Himself would exercise rule over creation. He was convinced of His own ability to so effect fallen man with His love and grace, that men would love His will and desire to do it. It is the very effect of His influence upon us that causes us to want His will. When one has been truly transformed by “life more abundantly” who would want futility? The man who wills the will of God then acts in authority to do it. And when he does God exercises His authority through him.
Matt. 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
So the key to effective prayer is not trying to get God to do your will, but praying with the passion of your own will, to do His. The power of your prayer life is tied up in understanding God’s will for you and learning to pray for it. Understanding the will of God – as it is offered to you – transcends simply knowing what to do: it’s understanding your purpose. There is a clarity that shines in the heart of the Christian who has a grasp on God’s purpose for them. This clarity of purpose inspires your will towards the will of God; towards the place where you and God fuse in prayer.
Tomorrow we will walk a little further, so until then…
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