There is a line in the Lord’s Prayer that for years totally bothered me!!!
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.“ Here was my question: “if something is already God’s will, then why do I have to pray for it to happen? Is God able to do His will on earth without my effort involvement? He is God. He can do as He pleases!”
But this idea of praying God’s will is found over and over in the Bible. 1 John 5:14-15 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”
Maybe this is why so few people have CONFIDENCE in approaching God in prayer? Most times, we approach God as if we are making our wishes known to a God that has to be convinced to hear and answer us. We think of God as reluctant to respond either because He is too busy, indifferent, or perhaps just feels that we are unworthy to receive what we need.
But God is not at all reluctant to move in our world! Nothing could be further from the truth! He is always active, always working, always attempting to break into our world to bring healing, salvation, restoration, and provision for our needs. He longs to see his will, which always happens in heaven, be released to happen more completely on the earth. Our prayers join with him to bring heaven down to earth.
Here are some observations that I will make about the New Testament teaching on prayer.
- Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, it is tapping into His willingness.
- Prayer is most effective when we start with His agenda, and not with ours. We pray for what He wants when we ask for His will to be done.
- How can we confidently pray the will of God? God’s will is contained within God’s Word.
- Where do I begin praying God’s Word? We start by agreeing with God’s promises. We find that 2 Corinthians 1:20 declares this, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
- God has said ‘yes’ to every promise. This is His expressed will and desire. He is waiting for us to say ‘Amen’ (which means I agree or so be it).
- My agreement with God’s promise triggers the release of what God has willed to release from heaven down to earth.
- Prayer is less about asking for things, and more about agreeing with God for the things that He wants to do – to be done upon the earth.
You can begin to pray prayers of agreement by using the PRAYING WITH CONFIDENCE book which is available here.