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Daily Devotional

Praying in the Will of God
If we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.
I John 5:14
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December
God can no more divest Himself of His attribute of hearing prayer than of being.
John Calvin
Nothing more immediately touches a Christians happiness and usefulness than his prayer life. All Gods people admit the importance of prayer. All feel that they cannot live without prayer. Yet in a great many cases they are frustrated by a lack of confidence in prayer and an inability to know the difference between asking in faith and mere make-believe. Todays text goes a long way toward supplying the solution to the problem.

We need confidence when we pray. Here is our confidence: If we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us. God will hear us every time we pray according to His will. Once we know that God has heard us, we know that we have the petitions we have desired of Him (I John 5:15).

The crux of the matter, then, is ascertaining the will of God. That means finding out what the Word of God has to say on the matters about which we are praying. There are certain things that the Bible declares to be the will of God for every Christian. Specific commands and promises are declarations of Gods will for us. Holiness of life is Gods will for us (I Thess. 4:3). So is the fulness of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18). We can confidently pray for these things, and God will hear us. In other cases we will need to spend time with the Lord in His Word, being careful to submit our will to His. We must then ask Him to convince us of His will by the work of His Spirit applying the Word to our hearts. With that knowledge we can pray effectively.

Prayer is not a hit-or-miss exercise. Let us learn Gods will and pray accordingly. Then will we obtain answers to our prayers.
Daily devotions are from the book "Eagle's Wings" published by the Free Presbyterian Church.
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