And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. (1 John 5:14-15 NLT)(
Aligning our prayers with the will of God and the realities of heaven is the key to answered prayer. It’s not just persistence or flowery prayers that bend the ear of God. His word says we can ask for anything that pleases him and he will hear an answer that prayer.
Now if this were you or me, how selfish would that sound? It would be incredibly self-absorbed. But for a perfect, holy, righteous God it makes perfect sense. Why would he withhold from us anything we ask that he already wants for us–anything that is best for us–anything that pleases him?
As you pray today, ask God to show you his will. Ask him to align your heart with his so you can pray not just in his name, but for his pleasure and his glory.