And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for.             1John 5:14

 

It is important that we pray according to God’s will. When we do, He has promised to give us what we ask. But, how do we know His will? To know His will, to pray according to His will, we need Godly wisdom. But how do we get Godly wisdom? We ask God for it!

If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 1

When we go through times of testing and when we see others facing difficult situations, we need to remember that God is lovingly working out His plan in our lives. We can pray that God will give us and them an understanding of His plan for our lives, insight into His sovereign will.

Paul said, “When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”2

May we say as Paul, “So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s holy people, who live in the light.”3

I pray that God will give us wisdom to know His will, so that we will know how to pray.

1 James 1:5,6 NLT 2 Ephesians 3:14-19 NLT 3 Colossians 1:9-12 NLT

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