Praying in His will
Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do. “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. John 14:10-13
After the Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples about His impending suffering and death on the cross, He assured them of His constant presence with them through the coming of the Holy Spirit. He also promised them that God’s resources are made available for them to use as they take part in accomplishing God’s purposes and will. Often, we struggle in understanding how come God does not answer our prayers while He promised that you can “pray about everything. Tell God what you need” (Philippians 4:6). The struggle is on the understanding on what is the will of God. We usually come to God in prayer offering to Him all our wants and desires. Then you get disappointed with God when He will not answer the way you want Him to answer your prayers. The Lord Jesus Christ gave us an example on how to live one’s life following the will of the Father. This is what He told the Jewish leaders as He was explaining to them His equality with the Father. “My judgment is just, because I carry out the will of the one who sent me, not my own will.” (John 5:30). This is also the reason why when He was at the height of His agony before His suffering and death on the cross, He told the Father what was in His heart then He prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done” (Matthew 26:42). When you come to Him in your prayers, determine that what you are asking are aligned to His will and purposes for your life so that when answers come, you “can bring glory to the Father” (John 14:13). As you grow in your relationship with God through prayer and His word, you will develop knowing the character of God. The more you know Him, the more you will love Him and your resolve will be to ask for anything in prayer that will accomplish His purposes for your life. When the Lord Jesus Christ instructed the disciples to pray He told them, “Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10). So when you come to Him in prayer, do not just tell Him what you want but ask Him prayers that when He answers, your life becomes a reflection of who He is and His working.