The purpose of prayer is not getting our will in Heaven. Rather, it’s getting God’s will on earth.
Imagine for a moment that you’re in a little boat not far from a dock. You throw out your rope, secure it to the dock, and then pull yourself in. Now, are you pulling the dock toward your boat, or are you pulling your boat to the dock? It’s the latter, of course.
In the same way, God is like that dock, and we need to get aligned with Him in our prayers. And the closer we align ourselves with His will, the more that we’ll see our prayers answered in the affirmative.
Jesus said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7 NKJV).
The Message puts it this way: “But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.”
We tend to gravitate toward the latter part of the verse about asking whatever we desire. But we need to realize that if we’re maintaining a living communion with Him, and His Word is at home in our hearts, then we will start praying for what God wants.
The Bible tells us, “And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:15 NKJV).
So don’t be afraid to ask God to reveal His will to you. Don’t afraid to say, “Not my will, but Yours, be done.” Never be afraid to commit an unknown future to a known God. God loves you, and His plan for you is good.