26 comments on “Praying in God’s Will

  1. Beautifully said. Our prayers should reflect our relationship with Him–the better we know Him and grow in Him, the more consistently we can pray according to His will. It’s that “die to self” thing that always gets in the way. Thanks for this, Don.

  2. Great post. While reading it, I was reminded of another passage written by John: “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples” (John 15:7-8). May our first desire and prayer always be that we can bear much fruit and glorify our Father.

  3. The requirement to pray in God’s will does take a bit of the “magic” out of praying. We can’t all win that big jackpot lottery. Nevertheless, the requirement to pray in God’s will does mean the universe will be a bit more orderly.

  4. The prayers for my young adult children are deep longings for me. Surely, it is God’s will that their hearts would be completely turned to Him, that there would be revival in their lives and their faith in Him would be strong. God knows the desire of my heart is to see my children walk closely with their Lord. There is a popular song out now that says, “There is power in the Name of Jesus, there is power, power in His Name.” Sometimes, I just pray that by singing it. God knows completely what my children need, far above what I comprehend. Thank you for posting this.

    • John 15:7
      If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
      -When we abide in Christ and allow His Spirit to guide and direct us our prayers will be aligned with His Will. We must pray believing and have faith! Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
      God answers prayers – it may not be the way we like or understand, but always know, he works on our behalf .

  5. Thank you.

    Sometimes it’s easy to “force” God’s will into our little mode of life and way of doing things. But, we need to think outside the box of our own little minds and consider that God’s ways and thoughts are higher than our own. He has good plans–plans for a hope and a future, for good and not for evil. But we gotta seek Him with all of our hearts and not with all of our pre-made decisions.

    Thanks again.


  6. I have never understood why some Christian always expect this life to be filled with what are but momentary blessings. The seem to always assume that it is their right…. while never realizing that God can and does bless now and eternally by things we are called to endure by His Grace and Goodness. “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” completely removes our small conceptions of what the Will of God should be for us.

    Thank you for this post and your encouraging ministry.
    Thank for your continued passing by my occasional blog and being a Barnabas “a son of encouragement”

  7. Thought-provoking post. Imagine a friendship with someone who is always making requests and never being quiet so you can speak to them. Our prayer relationship with God can be so much richer when we listen for His still small voice.

    We need to express gratitude, praise God for His goodness and affirm our belief that God’s ways are better than we can Imagine. Listening opens our hearts to hear and accept His will.

  8. Great Read. Praying the will of God is important. How do we know His will? through His promises. Pray His word back to Him. We lean not on our own understanding but His. God hears what we want, but gives us more of what we need and more oft than not exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or think!

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