Incense Rising Online Study 7

How do we pray in faith, believing God will answer, but also pray for His will to be done? It is a good question, but it is rooted in doubt.

I have considered this question, and this morning God revealed new insight.

Why do we think His will is not in agreement with our request? Do we want to pray contrary to God’s will? Of course not! We automatically assume God’s will is contrary to our will. We fear we will not get our way, and often, that fear is very real. Jesus has commanded us to pray persistently. Never give up. Keep asking. Continue seeking. Storm the throne room of heaven. (Luke 11:9). Jesus Christ commanded us to pray believing for an answer:

Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (Mark 11:24)

We are commanded to pray for God’s will (Matt 6:10). James, the half-brother of Jesus, explains doubt by comparing it to the ocean waves.

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; (James 1:6-7)

Daniel was protected from the hungry lions because he believed (Dan. 6:23). If Daniel had lacked faith, would the outcome be the same? We do not know.

The three Hebrews did not doubt when they said:

” …our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image…” (Dan. 3:17-18)

They believed God’s will was either to deliver them from the fire or bring them through it. Friend, that is exactly what He will do for us. We should not fear God’s will. Does this mean we will like it? Not necessarily, but we will have a tremendous testimony.

In conclusion, never doubt God or His plan. We need to believe for our miracle and know He is able. Trust Him to accomplish it.

We are commanded to believe and receive. We are commanded to pray boldly according to God’s will. We are not commanded to understand it. We are not praying contrary to the will of God when we believe for healing. We are not praying contrary when we pray for a financial breakthrough. We are not praying contrary to God’s will when we believe for divine protection.

God may answer in a different manner than we expected. Last year, I believed for complete restoration of my vision. Instead, I received a guide dog, who has won my heart. Healing heartache was better than improved vision, and I will see perfectly in heaven. God definitely knows what He is doing.

God’s timing may be different than ours, but He is always right on time.

This is quite a mystery. Commit to believe. You will be discouraged, but don’t give up. Keep believing. Keep receiving.

Father, I believe for my miracle because You have commanded me to believe. I pray for Your will to be done because You have also commanded that. I trust You. You will do the best thing for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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