3 thoughts on “Pray, believing He has already answered

    1. Thank you for your comment @magnocrat. I can see how one might first glance at these 2 verses together and think they contradict each other. However, they are actually 2 halves to one whole message.

      1 John 5’s complete message is in verses 14 and 15:
      • 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
      • 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

      In Matthew Jesus was speaking to His disciples. Jesus apparently did not feel the need to school them on the first half (how to pray) in this particular lesson; but focused on the second half (believing they have received when they pray).

      The whole message is: Pray according to God’s will and you will have ALL you believe for.

      Examples of praying in God’s will might include:
      • “God, replace my short temper with love and patience, so that others will see your changing power.
      • “Lord, please help me to increase my income, so I can provide for my growing family.

      Examples of prayers that do NOT line up with the will of God:
      • “God, please kill or hurt that person who embarrassed me today, so they will get back what they deserve.”
      • “God, give me one million dollars so I can be rich and show my friends and family a good time.”

      His will is so much more beneficial to us than what we would have for ourselves. Our wants usually get us into more trouble down the line, whereas His way works to prepare us for a greater purpose.

      • “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

      I hope this helps, thanks.

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      1. I like your examples they make sense for you are saying we must be unselfish thinking of others.
        It is a tall order in the self- centred world of today and it contradicts how we are instructed to bring up our children.
        We are urged to make them ambitious and money orentated.

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