When We Pray

Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for.
-1 John 5:14-15
Prayer is not some kind of lottery or a wish on a magic star. 

It has a specific purpose and flow. 

We often ask Christ for things out of selfish want. Christ will not answer prayers that will harm us or those around us. Christ desires for us to ask out of our deepest needs. For He gives to those who truly seek His provision. When we ask, we are shaped. We are shaped into people who ask according to His will. As we pray, we grow; grow from being selfish people to selfless people. This is the process and power of praying into Christ’s Kingdom. 

“Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

What is the will of the Father for our lives? Do we pray these things? Do we even want these things? 

When we become in tuned with the Father’s will; when we begin speaking to Jesus Christ through prayer, we get to know His heart for us and His world. We begin praying into His will. We come into agreement with God. We begin partnering with Christ to bring His kingdom to earth. 
And when we do pray into His will, when we pray kingdom minded prayers, we can be confident that He not only hears us but that He will answer these prayers. 

It may be instantaneous. It may not even look like we imagined. But I can tell you they will be answered with a gracious, joyous ferocity that will be beyond anything we can imagine. They will be answered in the right time and in the right way that will not only benefit you but all creation. 

Because that is the God we serve, powerful, gracious and concerned, not only for each individual but for all of creation.

Let Christ’s people come to Him and join Him with the purpose and desire to see His kingdom come and His will be done. 
This should be the focus of our prayers!