1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV)
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
Last week we explored the importance of journaling our prayers. We learned that we must concentrate on the words that we are composing, and this tends to focus just enough of our mind so that it does not wander, resulting in keeping our mind and our heart directed towards Him. In addition, we learned the very act of writing keeps our minds mentally alert, enough to pick up what God might be saying to our spirit. Overall, a prayer journal helps us shut out the distractions that so easily overwhelm us and makes a straight path from our heart to His.
Consider the following:
During this series, we have learned about the importance of listening prayer and received tangible steps to activate our listening prayer life. As we close out this listening prayer series, I want to offer you that God does hear us, which is why it is important to be silent so we can hear Him. Our scripture lesson reflects the Apostle John’s confidence in God that God would answer our prayers but he added that “if we ask anything according to his will he hears us,” meaning that we can pray for things but if they’re not a part of God’s will, He won’t give us the “go.” This is where discernment and quiet time become necessary. God will always give us an answer of, “yes,” “no, not ever,” or “not right now.” This is why it important to seek wisdom to understand God’s will, and as we learned in this series, this is achieved by reading the scripture, being silent long enough, sitting in His presence, and journaling what you feel God is saying. Much of life’s worry can be alleviated by finding out God’s will because that can help us to receive answered prayer. Know that God’s will is revealed in the Bible. Simply put, to know God’s will we must know God’s Word.
*When you are weary and you don’t feel like praying, tell God about it and all of your frustrations*
Devotion is based on: “An Introductory Guide to Listening Prayer: God’s invitation for you to join Him on a quest.” click here to download the guide.