Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Quick Thought on Prayer

This morning I was considering the words of 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.
There are those who take such passages of Scripture and use them to develop a "prosperity gospel" that essentially preaches, "Trust God, and you will become healthy and wealthy." This is far from wise.

Rather, what we are promised here (and in many other similar passages) is that if our will is aligned with  God's, then we will receive those things for which we ask in prayer. If we really believe this to be true, then whenever we come before the Lord in prayer, our first and foundational petition can be none other than "Father, conform my will to that which is your own."

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