1 John 5:14—And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us.
People pray, “Lord, if it be your will”… The implication is that they can’t know the will of God, or that the will of God is so mysterious they’ll never understand it. That’s wrong. God’s will is consistent with His word. So we can know the will of God by reading the word of God. For example, we know that God is light. That means God is against darkness. Which means he is against the occult, because “occult” means that which is done in darkness. So it is not God’s will for you to dabble in the occult.
We also know that God is life. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). That means God is pro-life, and He’s anti-abortion. I don’t have to pray, “if it be thy will.” when it comes to knowing whether it’s His will for someone to have an abortion.
God is peace. That means he opposes fear. He opposes intimidation…manipulation…domination…torment…anyone trying to control your life. He wants you to live in the peace that He has for you. God is love. That means He opposes hatred, He opposes bitterness and He opposes racial strife.
God is righteous authority. All authority comes form God. If you’re in rebellion against God’s delegated authority, you’re out of the will of God.
God is a giver. Everything God controls gives. If you are a tightwad…if you’re greed…if you refuse to tithe…then you’re out of the will of God.
God is a worker. In the beginning God created the heavens and earth. Jesus Christ was a carpenter. The twelve disciples worked. Work has become a dirty word in America. The Bible says if you don’t work, you ought not eat.
The next condition to answered prayer is to pray in faith believing. Matthew 21:21 says, “If you have faith, and doubt not…you shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” And lastly, pray specifically. Know what you want and pray for that. Pray so specifically that when God answers you’ll know God sent it and it wasn’t random chance!