1 John 5:13-15 – “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” NASU
There have been many times in my life and in ministry that I have prayed for something that did not happen. I wish I could say, there have been a few times, but many is a far more honest and factual statement. I cannot explain how God works in all things, but the bedrock conviction of my heart is that “God is Good and Good All the Time!” It is also my conviction that God’s Promises are absolute and His desire to bless His children is immeasurable. His Love is Unconditional and Everlasting! He is not willing that any should perish but that all would come to eternal life. However, I cannot ignore the fact that there are those who perish and do not enter into eternal life through Salvation.
That brings me to the point of this devotional, “according to His will…” This passage is a promise and a directive for believers in our prayer lives and in our expectation. One of the stated objectives is to give us confidence before Him. It also expresses that we are not to come before Him with doubt, fear, trepidation, and simply human hope that maybe, just maybe He will do what we desire. It is designed to give us confidence and, if you will, a boldness. The writer of Hebrews addressed this in 4:16, “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.” The KJV translated the word “boldly.”
Grace to help in the time of need is not simply offering us comfort so we can manage our difficulty and cope with the problem. Grace, as used in most places in Scripture, is not just favor and that unmerited, but ‘divine enablement’ to do. Isaiah 61:1 informs us that the Spirit of the Lord God is upon Jesus (us too because we are one with Him and in Him) BECAUSE of the anointing. The Anointing was for a purpose, not a feeling or even to endorse the person but for purpose or ministry. God has purposed for us and given us both authority (exousia) and power (dunamis) over all the power, authority, and ability of the devil.
When Jesus sent out the twelve one of the commands He gave them was in Matthew 10:8, “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.” He did not say, “Go pray for them but heal them.” In our text passage, John reminds us of the Promises of God and the extent of those promises. John 14:13-14 are powerful planks in our belief platform for it is there that we find the words of our Lord, “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask ANYTHING in My name, I will do it.” (emphasis mine).
How do we know the will of God? The first and foremost source of discovery is the Word of God. What did He say? What did He promise? What did He do while on earth? What did He direct His followers to do? Those will give exposure to His Purposes and His Will. If we construct all our prayers with “if it be thy will” we will open the door to defeat, doubt, and disappointment. Of course, we want His will to be done, but if His word indicates something is His will to pray that is to cast doubt on His Goodness, Faithfulness, Truthfulness, and Power. I am not suggesting presumptuousness but simple Confidence in His Promises and His Pattern.
When we pray according to the will of God, this promises says that no matter what we request, we know that we know that we know the prayer is heard. If the prayer is heard, this promise is that the request is granted. There is no maybe there! There is no attempt to be humble and pious, there is simple confidence that is expressed in Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” This is anchored in Isaiah 55:11, “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”
Virtually all Christians believe God can. Unfortunately, too many believe that He has stopped doing some things. Some believe that God could if He wanted to but for some reason, He does not want to do what He promised and fulfill His covenant. If Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and forever, and He is. Then, I would contend that if He identified something in His word, His work, His walk as being His will why would we not expect Him to do the same today?
If the Promises of Jesus in Luke 12:22-32 are true, and if verse 32 can be deemed valid then it is God’s desire and pleasure to “Give us the kingdom.” That makes me want to shout and I say AMEN! So be it, LORD! Let it happen. Connect that to the Prayer of Matthew 6, the Lord’s Prayer where He instructs us to pray, “Thy Kingdom Come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” and your expectation level should rise and thereby your faith level and your confidence in Him and His Promises soar to new heights!
I am hungry for God! I have served Him for 50 years and have seen His hand move powerfully in many situations including my own life in miracles and yet today, I cry “More, Lord! More of You!” Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled. Get Hungry my friends, get hungry!
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!