Bible and Theology
Praying the Will of God
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Jan 3, 2017
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There's a lot we can learn from Daniel's prayer in Daniel 9, and one of these key principles is how to pray the will of God.

Read Daniel 9. In verse 19, Daniel prayed, "O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name." Jesus said that we are to seek first the things of God and that God would respond by taking care of our needs. How can you be assured that you are praying for God's will, and not your own to be done?

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The more you know the mind of God, the more you will begin to understand what He wants for your life.

Immerse yourself in the Word of God. The more you know the mind of God, the more you will begin to understand what He wants for your life. As you pray for specific requests, always check them against Scripture. You can be sure God's desires for you will never go against His Word. As you read God's Word and study it, ask the Lord to give you a greater awareness of specific promises that He wants you to pray about and believe for. 

We must pray with praise on our lips, a confession of our sin, and with a petition that God will act in the way that accomplishes His purposes and brings Him glory. Then, we must listen very closely to what the Holy Spirit may lead us to say or do. God uses individual people to accomplish His purposes. Be willing to be used.

Prayer: Lord God, Your love and greatness overwhelm me. I pray that You would align my heart with Yours, that my prayers would be in keeping with Your will. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14).