Are You Praying God’s Will Or Not Praying At All?

January 13, 2023

You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. – James 4:2-3

One of the greatest statements about prayer I’ve ever heard is this: nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except that which lies outside the will of God.

Anything that falls in line with the will of God is a done deal. It doesn’t matter how big the request is. It doesn’t matter how difficult it may seem for God to answer that prayer. God will answer that prayer!

I pray that truth gives you hope today because I know how intimidating it can be to pray big prayers that you’re not sure are even possible. But remember, we serve a God with whom all things are possible. So if you are praying in accordance with His will, don’t be afraid to ask. Offer all of your prayers and requests up to Him and trust Him to work things out for your good and His glory.

Now, with that in mind, there is one prayer that God cannot answer it is the prayer that is never prayed. After all, Scripture says you have not because you ask not.

I believe if there is anything that frustrates God it is the unprayed prayers that we leave on the table that God would have answered had we just asked. So don’t be scared or hesitant to offer your prayers up to Him. No prayer is too big, too great, or too intimidating to Him that He can’t answer it!

Dear Lord, thank you that you are a sovereign God with whom all things are possible. I pray you would give me the courage to pray big prayers in accordance with your will, and that I wouldn’t shy away from praying for something that seems too big or too impossible. Help me to trust you with the outcomes and to be obedient in the meantime. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Topics: Prayer

Bible Reference

You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.