Instructions for Prayer 3
We must pray in God’s will (Mat 6:9–13).
The purpose of prayer is to glorify God’s name and to ask Him to come down to accomplish His will on earth. True prayer begins with God’s interests at heart and not ours. As Robert Law so succinctly put it “Prayer is a mighty instrument, not for getting man’s will done in heaven, but for getting God’s will done on earth.” When we pray, therefore, we are asking God to quicken His kingdom on earth and therefore honor his mighty name.
It is always wise to put God and His needs first before we can present our own needs to Him. That way, we are more kingdom minded than we are earthly minded. Jesus said that our heavenly Father knows our needs even before we mention them anyway (Matt. 6:8). We also see Jesus putting God’s will first before his own – in the garden of Gethsemane – Luke 22:42 (AMP) Father, if You are willing, remove this cup [of divine wrath] from Me; yet not My will, but [always] Yours be done.” That to us must be a lesson that no matter what the pressing issue may be, we must always seek God’s will first – maybe it is His will that you and I go through that situation, just like it was His will for Jesus to go to the cross.
It was necessary for Jesus to drink the cup of crucifixion so that the penalty for sin may be paid - so that we may be redeemed from the slavery of sin. And according to Phil 2: 5-11, Jesus obeyed the will of His Father and as a result, he was given the name above all names and at the mention of his name every knee must bow, with every tongue confessing that he is Lord. Painful as the process of crucifixion may have been, it was profitable for our Lord Jesus. Who knows what that which you are suffering or going through could do for you? Maybe it is God’s will for you to go through it so you can come out even better and blessed at the other end?
So yes, it is always good to pray for and in His will, and it is only when we do so that He hears us – according to 1 John 5:14, “This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that [a]if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us.”
That is why Jesus taught us to pray – “Let your kingdom come, let will be done on earth, as it is done in heaven” ( Mat 6:10).