Many year ago I discovered the secret to having your prayers answered. I am sure I was not the first to make this discovery. In fact, if I was a better student of the Word, I would have figured it out earlier. But once I did, I let nothing hold me back! Let me share it with you.
First we have some amazing promises in Scripture.
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14) “For this reason I say to you, whatever you pray and ask, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)
At first glance most people get these passages wrong. One well known teacher taught, these promises are just like a blank check that Yeshua has signed. We just need to fill in the amount and cash it. Indeed, many prosperity preachers misuse verses like these to appeal to our most selfish desires.
Be Honest, It doesn’t Work!
Let’s be honest. If I pray right now in the name of Yeshua for a million-dollar house (albeit in Tel Aviv that won’t buy much) it is not going to happen. If I ask God for a yacht, using the name of Yeshua like it is the New Covenant equivalent of “Abracadabra”, it is not going to work.
There two reasons why. First, everything we receive from God is supposed to come from and through a loving relationship with him, not through executing a formula. And the second reason, which is what we want to focus on today, is issue of God’s will.
Let Your Will be Done
God is very strong-willed. He is not manipulated by our will. He has a plan for us and indeed He delights in blessing us. But Yeshua is not a Santa Claus to whom we present our list of goodies. Nor is He some genie sent to grant our wishes.
All these promises were given with the holy assumption that we are praying as Yeshua taught us to pray: “Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The children of God, those who have received mercy and the gift of salvation, are assumed to not misuse God’s generosity for their own selfish desires, but use the name of Yeshua to pray down God’s will.
Faith or Manipulation?
The underlying theme of the New Covenant is that we are dead to ourselves and alive to God. So, when a preacher uses biblical promises to appeal to carnal desires (often in an attempt to get you to give him or her something) he or she is using manipulation and is in error.
Conversely, when we are praying in agreement with God’s will, nothing can stop us. For this reason, I try and pray every day, “God let your will be done in my life as it has been preordained in heaven.”