How To Pray According to God’s Will - Kendall Durham
1 John 5:14 says, “And this is the confidence we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us”. Throughout his letters, John is writing to believers to remind them of the way they should walk. I love John because he is so straight forward yet writes with deep compassion for his brothers and sisters.
So, the question is how do we pray according to the will of God? Many of us can evaluate our prayers and find repetitive requests to God. Though requests are not a bad thing, we have to examine our heart behind the request.
When I pray, I often use the acronym A.C.T.S. (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication) to help guide my prayer. Giving praise and thanks to God for who He is and what He has done, confessing sin and asking for forgiveness, and humbly asking the Lord for outcomes in our circumstances are not outside the will of God. It is important that we do not miss the first three letters of that acronym and go straight to our requests. If we constantly miss the first three letters then we are in danger of self-centered prayers rather than God-centered prayers. When we do present our requests to God, it is OK to pray for outcomes, however, we need to be content with whatever the outcome is.
“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.” –Jesus made a request for an outcome yet was content in whatever happened.
We miss this sometimes. The outcomes we desire may not line up with God’s will for our life…and that is okay because it is for our joy and God’s glory!
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
When we shift our requests to God into our satisfaction being made enough in Him despite our circumstances or outcomes, we will find lasting joy. This also creates another opportunity to exercise our trust in the Lord. We must approach our Heavenly Father with open hands.
Wife of HS Minister, Chase Durham