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Praying “on Target” or Amiss

(1 John 3:19-24, Luke 12:13-15, James 4:3)

The promise of our eternally loving Father is that whatever we ask in His name, will be done for us. He makes it clear that it is our responsibility to “ask” and it is His responsibility to “do” that which we ask for.

And whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you will ask Me anything in My name, I will do it (John 14: 13-14).

However, there is a fill in the gap assignment between the “asking” and the “doing”. And correct answer to fill in the gap is the life our Lord Jesus lived here on earth, as an example of how we should also live. All these are summarized in a simple sentence. HE LIVED THE WILL OF THE FATHER.

If ours is asking and His is the doing, do we agree that the “asker” and the doer will need to be in (mutual) agreement and understanding? THIS AGREEMENT IS THE WILL OF THE FATHER. That agreement that may be likened to this scene: the “asker” saying, “I hereby swear that I will do this will of Yours”. After this, the Doer also said, “upon this condition, whatever you request for, from me, I will grant it”. Then the deal is sealed with the blood of the Lamb.

Moreover, it is worth considering that most of the time we talk about God’s will in manners that paint Him as the wicked and selfish God. Instead, let us see ourselves as the one straying away from our Manufacturer’s plan, following and doing something else. Straying away from that will for and into which we were created. Everything He has for us has been pre-configured into His will. That is the appropriate place where we can suitably walk and work because we were made and conditioned for that particular location. Like road “A” is designed (loaded with our provisions) for us but we are there on road “B”. I pray that the Holy Spirit will explain this to us properly, in Jesus name.

Holy Spirit, please enlighten our minds to understands and comprehend this truth. No enough emphasis or illustration can describe this truth except You work it in us, please work this in us, in Jesus name.

1 John 3:

19  And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.

20  For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

21  Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

22  And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

23  And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ (please read John 14:10-13), and love one another, as he gave us commandment (please read John 15:7-17).

24  And he that keeps his commandments dwells in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he stays in us, by the Spirit which he has given us.

What may hinder this promise of God is if we are not in the will of the Father. Jesus our Lord and Saviour was always walking in the will of the Father, asking according to the will of the Father and doing the will of the Father. Seeking the Father’s will and following it.

John 15:7 If you REMAIN in Me, and My words REMAIN in you, ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you. King James version add more emphasis by using “abide” instead of the “remain” used here.

1Jn 5:14 This is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask anything ACCORDING TO HIS WILL , He listens to us.

In James 4:3 the word of God says  You ask, and receive not, because you ask AMISS, that you may spend it upon your lusts.

The Bible says even when we ask we do so wrongly because we are asking for our lustful desires. We decree and want it come to past not that Father might be glorified and lifted up but, that will be satisfied in ourselves that we have our share in authority and power. So that we ourselves will be lifted up and exalted caring less if our heavenly Father is lifted or exalted.

We want people to acknowledge our prayers, fervency, authority, wisdom, power etc Oh then… we feel excited as to “what manner of men or women we are”. Unconsciously exalting ourselves above God. Wonderful us, amazing us, glorious us… relegating the Lord to our closet or background.

Please, we should not ask in other to humiliate or take vengeance on others except the devil (so that we will not put our Lord to shame). Do not let us ask from within the heart of evil thoughts, adultery, fornication, pride, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, blasphemy, pride etc.

We might need to probe our hearts and prayers with these questions:

1) What am I praying for?

2) Why am I praying for it?

3) What will I use it for and how will I use it when I receive it?

4) Who owns the glory?

Beloved, this might sound too extreme and complicated but they are only part of the screening and scrutiny our prayer requests pass through, before the Lord endorses and grants us. Unless we are not waiting to receive from the Lord i.e. if the response to our prayer comes from the devil (God forbids) then such screening will not be needed. Please, we will need to weigh them, first by ourselves so that we will not be PRAYING AMISS.

Many receives what they prayed for, despite that it is from and for their lustful desires. Therefore, thinking it is from the Lord but not knowing that it is from the master deceiver who waylaid them with counterfeited answers. The devil has those counterfeits he dangles before everyone. He did it with our Lord Jesus Christ when he dangled the glory of the world before the Lord (Luke 4:5-8).

 

Prayer Points

1) Thank You Holy Spirit for speaking to me.

2) Holy Spirit, I receive Your power over flesh, evil thoughts and lustful desire, in Jesus name. (John 17:2).

3) Holy Spirit, terminate every opportunity the devil has over me, in Jesus name.

4) Father, sanctify me with Your fire and blood, in Jesus name.

5) In Jesus name, from now, I receive my victory over every wisdom, spirit, power and authority that render my prayers useless.

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