Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14
Bryan Chapell tells of three ministers—James Philip, George Philip, and William Still—who prayed in the 1950s for God to revive the Church of Scotland and to raise up ministers. After four years of fervent joint intercession, they felt released from their burden of prayer, but they saw little evidence of genuine revival.
Twenty-five years later these same ministers hosted a conference attended by about two hundred pastors. One of the three men who had prayed for revival asked for a show of hands by those who had been converted during the initial years when he and his partners were praying. A number raised their hands. Then he asked how many of the remaining ministers had been born during those four years. Most of the others now raised their hands. Chapell said, “God had answered the prayer of the original three ministers in a way they could not have expected.”
When we ask anything according to His will, He answers in His own unique way and time.
Praying in accord with the will of God presumes that we are praying in Jesus’ name because we are seeking his purposes. Bryan Chapell, Praying Backwards
1 John 5 – Pastor Chuck Smith – C2000 Series