From Pastor’s Desk:
This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us. And if we know [for a fact, as indeed we do] that He hears and listens to us in whatever we ask, we [also] know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted to us] the requests which we have asked from Him. – 1 John 5:14-15 AMP
The key phrase in this verse, I believe, is ‘according to His will’. Many people pray and pray and pray and … you get the drift. There are so many things that some people pray for that they are never going to receive. Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe in prayer. I do, however, believe, that we don’t necessarily pray in order to move God, as He is always moving, but rather to move us in alignment with His will.
This is a steadfast, secure principle, and promise, for God’s people. There is always a ‘procedure’ to receiving those promises. Yes, they are ‘Yea, and Amen’. They are also conditional. If you examine the promises of God throughout Scripture, you will find a conjunction connected with it that implies that we have something to do, or not to do, for the receiving of the promise. ‘If’ is, of course, the biggest conjunction of them all.
One promise, conditional, that comes to my mind when on this subject, is 2 Chronicles 7:14. You know it. “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Did you see the condition? “IF…THEN…WILL hear…WILL forgive?”
…if we ask anything ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us.