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by Tracy Carroll in General Questions about Jun 27 open - report

Prayers

Hiya Pastor & Sylvia,

    How do we "align" our prayers with God's will? In the Bible it says that in order for our prayers to be answered, we must align our prayers with God's will, so, how can we know what God's will is??  Its only been 6 short years since I fully gave my life to the Lord & I still consider myself a "Baby Christian",,still learning & in this time, I've never heard God's "still small voice", so, how do I know?  Thanks in advance for your answer & time :)

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    by Sylvia Todd about Jul 6

    Aww, glad it was helpful, sister, we love ya :)!

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    by Tracy Carroll about Jul 6

    Oh sweetest Sylvia, thank you EVER so much for putting all this in a way that I can understand!!!!!!! I 'get it' now! Again, a BIG thank you <3

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    by Sylvia Todd about Jul 6

    Hey Tracy! Was your question answered completely enough for you? Just in case it was not, just throwing out some thoughts :). First, I believe that having your prayers align with His starts with "attitude" ;). If we, for instance, insist in prayer that a certain job opportunity be "the one" just because we want it, and it isn't His plan for us, our prayers are then not in alignment with Him. Depending on the situation, He may still let us have the job, but that may be just part of a "teaching moment" for us :). If, in contrast, we pray and basically say "Lord, I really want this job, but take it away from me if it isn't Your will, and lead me to the right one", you are leaving room for Him to take you where He wants you to be in life. I believe Dion is referring to this type of scenario in the first and second scriptures that Dion posted (Matthew 26:39 and 26:42).

     

    As another example, there are many who pray for deliverance from a season of financial woes. That kind of thing, however, may be brought about by many factors that involve the Lord teaching us how to handle our money, and leading us towards or away from things in our lives. For the most part, I pray for protection from the enemy, but also Him to teach the person what is needed to get through the "lesson" and into living in victory. If we merely pray for the person to win the lottery, we would most likely not be doing them a favor :).

     

    The ideas above are kind of "cover your bases" prayers, but as you continue to grow and learn to hear His voice, there are times when you may hear from Him more clearly, where He will give you discernment on what He is wanting you to pray for. Still, even with that idea, most of us don't hear like that every time we pray, so generally they may still apply :).

     

    There ARE ideas that we know about His nature, which we learn more and more as we grow in His word. Here is a good list to meditate on, containing information on the many names of God: https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/misc/name_god.cfm. One, for example, is "Jehovah Rapha", which means "The Lord That Heals". It is in His very nature to want to heal us. Now, of course, we know there are many afflictions in this world, of which there are numerous reasons, but in prayer, we can go forth know that His desire is to bring healing. He is also, "Jehovah Shalom", the God of peace. In cases of divorce, for example, there may be much anger, bitterness and strife happening, but He is a God of peace, and my prayers will mainly aim towards peace between those involves, or at least peaceful resolution.

     

    Finally, in the third scripture Dion posted (Romans 8:28), I believe the idea he is try to convey is that if you love God, if you humble yourself and let Him lead you, it will all work out :). The Lord will teach you how to live, how to pray, and all other things that are needed, in the order that they need to happen :). Also, like Jesus when He was being tempted by the enemy, He battled with The Word, so you probably can't go wrong with praying with scripture. I mean yes, there are the type of people who cherry-pick scripture to use as a weapon against people they don't like, but I don't believe that's you ;-).

     

    Hope that helps a little, Tracy, but we are here for you for any questions, and pray for Him to reveal His nature and wisdom to you more each day!

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    by Dion Todd about Jun 29

    "I want this, but nevertheless, may Your will be done.."  

     

    He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39 NKJV

     

    Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done. Matthew 26:42 NKJV.

     

    And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV

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    by Tracy Carroll about Jun 29

    Thank you, Marjorie, for your response,,but,,I'm still confused. How do we know if the Bible "clearly commends" our prayers when our particular prayers aren't of or in the Bible? I understand that the Bible says we are to pray for family and such, but, what about other life things not mentioned in the Bible? How are we to "align" our prayers with God's will when He is the only all-knowing One?

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