During His earthly ministry, Jesus once gave his disciples a crash course regarding prayer. He said, “After this manner therefore pray ye, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven…” (Matthew 6:9-10 KJV). Evidently, Jesus wants you to pray to the Father for His will (desire, wish, command, volition, decree, intend, purpose, choice) to be done on earth.
The Book of Genesis has revealed to us that man from the beginning has always been seeking to justify his failures. When failed, he naturally blames the world but himself. For example, when man prays for healing and not received it, he blatantly rationalizes that healing is not for him. His console is to lean toward a belief that healing has been done away with, and that they were the apostles’ last act.
However, healing is a part of our redemption. Jesus has delivered us from all kinds of sickness and diseases. In 1 Peter 2:24, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” In Acts 10:38 (KJV), Jesus’ ministry is not just to preach. “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” In the gospel, Jesus healed all kinds of sickness and diseases. Multitudes have brought to him people with all kinds of sickness and diseases and he healed them all. Evidently, not a single incident did Jesus fail to pray for healing, even the non-Jews have received their healings.
In 1 John 5:14-15 (KJV), the Apostle John advises us to pray for anything according to his will: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
It is true that knowing the will of God has always been a dilemma for a growing Christian. Volumes of books have been written on this subject, and countless interpretations and beliefs have emerged. However, instead of building up the faith, confusion and division have become rampant within Christian circles. The crux of the matter is: How do we know the will of God? The only way of finding out is to let the Bible speak for itself.
During Jesus’ earthly walk, his disciples asked him to reveal the Father, and to know the will of God. In John 14:8-10 (NLT), Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 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.” The will of God is Jesus. Everything he did during his earthly walk is the will of the Father. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. He never changes.
It is amazing how people have indulged themselves in spiritual beliefs that are contrary to the Scripture. Most of these beliefs are acquired from traditions, personal experiences, and theology (secular and denominational). To remain free from error, a teacher in Bible College has always warning his students by hammering, “It may sound very spiritual but not Biblical.”
One of the best ways to pray according to the will of God is praying the scripture itself. Take the Book of 3 John 2 (KJV), “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” You can agree with John and make it a prayer of agreement with him. Or you can take this verse as your personal prayer. It is a perfect will of God. It covers many issues: Prosperity of the soul is directly proportional to material and physical prosperity. As you grow spiritually and mature in faith, prosperity and good health follows.
In Colossians 3:10, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you…” Saturate your mind and your heart with the word of God. Read and meditate the Bible. Discover who you are and what belongs to you as child of God. Read all kinds of Bible versions and compare them, study the word. Paul told Timothy to study to show himself approve unto God. Let the scriptures become alive as you read them. In John 15:7, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” As you continue to meditate with Christ’s words, and abide with them, God’s word becomes your will.
To have an answered prayer, the words that come out in our lips during prayer must be in accordance with the word of God.