John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
We are promised answers to prayer. But God is not a Santa Claus where we give Him a list of everything we want and He grants it indiscriminately. He has given us guidelines in His word that govern our prayers. That is why He said in the above verse: If ye abide in me and my words abide in you….. abide – continue to be present. Again, this is why scripture memory is so important. When we retain the Word of God in our spirit, we are guided as to the way we should pray in any situation. It comes down to knowing what God’s will is.
1 John 5:14,15 – KJV – And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Some would ask, “How can we know what His will is?” We can know it because He has written it down for us.
Ephesians 1:9 – KJV – Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
As we familiarize ourselves with His will, we will see more and more of our prayers answered. We must come to God in faith to receive answers to prayer and we cannot have faith apart from the word of God.
Romans 10:17 – KJV – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
God has so many things He wishes to give us. He is definitely not a stingy God. But, we must search out the scriptures and find what He says we can have. When we have His promises abiding in our heart, we can come to Him with boldness and say, “God, you promised me this, and you cannot lie. Thank you for granting my petition.”
So, dig in to word today, find out what He has promised you, and begin to ask for those things. He will not turn you away when you are praying what He has already said!