“In order to experience answered prayer, the place to start is the will of God.“ – Dr. D’Ann Johnson
1 John 5:14-15 – And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him
In other words, I can have this boldness to ask God anything when I know it’s His will.
Four Times to Pray the Will of God
We Must Pray the Will of God When Faced with an Enemy Attack
In 2 Kings 19 we see the king of the Assyrians threaten King Hezekiah. However, once Hezekiah knew what the will of the Lord was from the prophet Isaiah, he then began to pray to God.
“One of the problems we face when the enemy comes is that we are trying to have a conversation with him.” – Dr. D’Ann Johnson
We Must Pray the Will of God When it Contradicts Our Will
In 1 Chronicles 17:1-4, 11-12 and 23-26, we see that David has a desire to build God a temple, however, God desires David’s son, not David, to build the temple.
We Must Pray the Will of God When We are Pressured to Violate Our Convictions
In Acts 4, we see the religious leaders of that time being frustrated and angry with the disciples preaching Jesus. Ye, the disciples prayed for boldness in speaking the Word of God.
“As Christians we are to stand on our convictions without arrogance, without presumption, or with a spirit of rebellion.” – Dr. D’Ann Johnson
Pray the Will of God When the Assignment is Bigger than We Are
In 1 Kings 3:5-14, we see that Solomon is faced with the task of ruling and governing a people to numerous to count. This was a daunting task for Him and He prayed that God would help him discern what is right and wrong.