Pray in His Will 1John 5:14,15 vs 14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that. generally speaking, if we ask anything according to His will, HeMessage 1 of 1 , May 11, 2012View Source
Pray in His Will
vs 14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that. generally speaking, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
vs 15 And if we have perceived that He hears us, whatever we are characteristically asking, we have perceived that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
John mentioned something similar to this in 1John 3:21,22 saying, "if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him." And I'll reiterate my comment there that promises like Matt 21:22 "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." are given under the assumption that we are obeying his commands and doing what pleases him, as you can also see from this verse where the promise of answered prayer is contingent upon us praying in accordance with his will.
But satisfying that contingency we can have confidence that God hears us and will take action on our requests. What is also implied is that if you don't pray, God may not take such action.
"characteristically asking" sounds awkward, but is accurate. God may not answer our specific request, but rather answer that which we are generally asking about. But getting God's ear is a function of asking according to His will.
There's a mystery - a paradox - regarding prayers of supplication. For if God knows what is best, then why the need to ask, as if we knew better than God. Afterall James writes, "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." Jam 4:17 So if God already knows His will and what is good, why wait on us to ask before He proceeds on that endeavor? One solution to this paradox is the idea that part of God's will is to involve us in implementing His purposes. Thus prayer is His will for us.