What Prayers Does God Answer? Asking According to His Will
There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for it. All wrongdoing is sin, but there are sins that do not lead to death. John 5:14u201318: “If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us,” 1 John 3:22.
Two Wills in God
Verse 14 and 15: “If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” There are two possible meanings for “God’s will” in the Bible: God’s will of command and what he tells us is right to do. “Will of God” refers to what God commands as right for us to do. Acts 4:28 says that these murderers did “whatever [God’s] hand had predestined to take place.” John 5:14 says that these murder
Do Born-Again People Sin?
Born-again people confess their sin as abhorrent (1 John 1:9), and make war on their temptations (Romans 8:13). John is concerned to avoid two opposite errors: treating ongoing sin lightly and despairing that if a believer sins, he is lost.
Sin That Leads to Death
When John says, “there is sin [not a sin] that leads to death,” he is not referring to a specific sin. He protects and keeps his own. He restrains their sinning. But he does not abandon them to the power of sin. “They went out from us, but they were not of us,” John 2:19. They may be members of the church for a time, but they give in to sin patterns and fall away.
‘I Do Not Say to Pray for That’
“I do not say that one should pray for [the sin that leads to death],” John says in John 16:16-17. Paul said, “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.” (Romans 10:1).
According to God’s Will of Decree
John doesn’t assume we always know who these people are; instead, he says that praying for them would be ineffective because God has chosen to leave them alone, so you don’t have to pray for them, and if you do, you won’t get what you ask for.
This Does Not Make Prayer Pointless
God wills that real events in this world be caused by prayer, and just as God decrees effects, he also decrees causes of those effects. “You do not have because you do not ask,” James 4:2 says.
‘Because We Do What Pleases Him’
According to 1 Peter 5:6, it pleases God if we are humble before God. We are in no condition to run the world or take the reins out of God’s hands. James 3:2: “If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man.” James 4:15: Christians “ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills,'”
‘Whatever’ Is Best for Us
“Whatever we ask for, we receive,” 1 John 3:22 says, “because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.” The meaning of “whatever” is shaped by God’s all-wise, all-encompassing, loving plan for the good of his children.
How do you pray properly to God?
Learn to Pray in Four Simple Steps
- Step 1: Address Heavenly Father.
- Step 2: Thank Heavenly Father.
- Step 3: Ask Heavenly Father.
- Step 4: Close in the Name of Jesus Christ.
- Praying in a Group.
- Pray Always, With Sincerity, and Faith in Christ.
Why does God want us to pray?
God’s desire, according to the book of Ephesians, is for us to pray “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18). We turn to prayer because it is the most personal way to experience God, encounter Him, and grow in knowledge of Him.
What should we pray to God everyday?
Dear Lord, remind me of the difference it makes when I make time for You in the morning; awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance, and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to face the day.
How do I pray to God what I want?
God can answer vague prayers, but being specific creates a stronger bond between you and Him. Tell God what you want or need and ask Him to provide it for you.
What is the best prayer to God?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
What are the 4 types of prayer?
u201cPrayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,u201d writes John Damascene. This definition encompasses the four main types of prayer: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication.
Does God command us to pray?
u201cThen Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.u201d As you can see, the Bible commands us to pray and tells us what it accomplishes, so take advantage of this wonderful gift known as prayer.
Does God call us to pray?
So why does the Lord ask us to pray when He already knows the answer? It’s because prayer brings us into His presence, unlocks the power of His Spirit in us, and brings healing and guidance… and in making our requests known to Him, He often answers questions we haven’t asked yet.
Why is prayer so powerful?
Prayer is a powerful weapon available to anyone who loves God and knows His son Jesus Christ. Prayer energizes a believer’s heart through the power of the Holy Spirit, and consistent prayer releases the power of God’s blessing on your life and circumstances.
How do I pray to God for a miracle?
Repeat the Catholic “Miracle Prayer” to help you focus: “Lord Jesus, I come before Thee, just as I am, I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me, and I forgive all others for what they have done against me in Thy Name.”
What is the most famous prayer?
The “Lord’s Prayer” is the most popular Christian prayer, and it is how Jesus taught his disciples to pray, according to the gospel accounts (e.g. Matthew 6:9-13).
How many times a day should you pray to God?
Christians were to pray seven times a day, “on rising, at the lighting of the evening lamp, at bedtime, at midnight,” and “the third, sixth, and ninth hours of the day, being hours associated with Christ’s Passion,” according to Apostolic Tradition.
Does God care about what I want?
God is able to do abundantly more than we can ask for, think about, or pray for, just as Solomon was able to do abundantly more than we can ask for, think about, or pray for. God’s heart is to do even more than you are asking for.
How do I talk to God?
It’s fine to pray with your eyes open and your head held high, just as it’s fine to pray kneeling and silent. It’s common to recite some traditional prayers out loud, but it’s also very common to pray silently to yourself.
Does God hear every prayer?
While this may appear harsh, it is simply the truth: God does not hear every prayer that is offered to him; rather, God hears the prayers of those who put their faith in him.