TODAY’S MEDITATION – The context of your prayer determines if it is according to God’s will (John 4:34)

As we continue to examine the topic of praying according to God’s will, it is very important for us to first consider the context of our prayers. The Bible says God does not hear the prayers of unbelievers… and let me even go further: God does not hear the prayers of those who are Christians in name only! My brother, my sister, the Bible says ” And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). In other words, this means that God hears the prayers of those who trust in him and walk in obedience to him. This is stressed in the following verses: “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened” (Psalm 66:18) and “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will” (John 9:31). So, all this brings us to the main question. How do I ensure I pray according to God’s will? You see, not only does God not hear the prayers of unbelievers, but he also does not hear the prayers of Christians who are backsliders, whose heart condemn them (1 John 3), because “Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). This simply means that while you are still living in sin, there is no way you can even think any of your prayer will be according to the will of God. Because the will of God starts with obedience to God! And Jesus Himself gave us the example to follow: His prayer life is shown throughout the Gospel of Luke. You see, today if you claim to be a Christian and you are still depressed, confused, miserable, unhappy, and murmuring… it is only because you have not yet developed a prayer life, and your Christian life depends more on other people’s prayers for you, which makes you not to realise how important it is to do God’s will first. And the evidence of this is in the Word, from Jesus’ mouth: “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me” (John 6:38) ; “The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him. Even as he spoke, many believed in him” (John 8:29-30). “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” (John 4:34). Now, what’s Jesus’ food? It is His passion, His delight, His strength, His engine… What drives you in this life, my friend??? Jesus said it clearly: His food was to do God’s will. So the first step to get to pray according to God’s will, which is the prayer God answers, is to ensure your “food” is to delight in doing what pleases God. That is reason why, when Jesus prayed, He prayed according to God’s will and what He prayed for, He received… Stay blessed in Jesus’ name. [facebook] [retweet]