Some people say they do not know what to pray for. The answer is that we are not to ask God for anything outside of our purpose. “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 4:3).
If we ask for what is contrary to our purpose, we will be frustrated. Jesus always prayed for God’s will to be done, then worked to accomplish it.
One of the longest prayers recorded in the Bible is Jesus’ prayer in John 17, where He said, in effect, “Father, before I came to earth, You gave Me people to redeem. I have protected them, I have kept them safe for that purpose, and now I am going to effect that redemption through My death and resurrection. I have fulfilled and am about to fulfill Your purpose for Me.” (See John 17:6, 9–12.) Jesus knew the heavenly Father’s purpose for His life, and He both desired to do the will of God and acted on it. “‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work’” (John 4:34).
Jesus’ assurance in prayer was based on His knowing and doing the will of God. As it says in 1 John 5:14–15, This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
Father, I desire to be more like Jesus, my Lord. Please help me to pray, from my heart, that my food will always be to do my heavenly Father’s will. In Jesus’ precious name, amen.
Thought: Assurance in prayer is based on knowing and doing God’s will.
Reading: Genesis 33–35; Matthew 9:18–38
-Daily Power and Prayer Devotional