Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 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 5:14-15
[Continued from Part 1 available here… ]
So prayer flows beautifully, as a corollary to fellowship with the Holy Spirit in the Word; which in turn gets us aligned properly with the will and purposes of God….so that our inspiration is “His will not mine”…So that we say, “Father, your will- first and always!”
I say this is one of the cardinal signs of maturity in Christ. For we see it in the Apostle and High Priest of our confession— Jesus Christ! How he became poor that we might be rich. How He was bruised for our healing and marred that the chastisement for our transgressions might be paid. For we see that above all else, He aligned His will to the Father’s, and drowned His agenda in the Father’s purpose.
Is it not also the same thing we see in the Apostle Paul? How he became anything for all men so that he could win some for Christ at all cost. How he ignored all the earthly trinkets adorning him and declared “I count this all as dung because of the excellency of the knowledge and purposes of Christ I seek to apprehend”.
I believe, that the Child of God can ask of the Father anything.
However, it is the matured child of God who shall ask of the Father, according to the revealed purposes of God he has awakened to and apprehended.
Herein lies the litmus test for selflessness.
Are we consumed by the “selfish I” or are we yielded to the “higher His”?
His will. His way; His plans and purposes…
Do we search, pursue, apprehend and walk in the light of these?
Or are we constantly wavering between these two points?
Let us remember…. “According to His will”….
“And we know that because He hears us, we have all that we petition of Him.”
Glory to God!