“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
I was in the middle of a staff meeting the other day at work and somehow the topic of cell phones came up. What was interesting is that everyone sitting around the table whipped out their phones. Several people had iPhones and a few other Droids, but everyone at the table had a pretty nice phone. Each of our phones allowed us to check e-mail, sports scores and update our Facebook status. Cell phones to us are a huge part of our lives and if we don’t have them on us we feel uncomfortable.
I like the old Verizon commercials where their slogan was “Can you hear me now?” So many times in my life I’ve felt like that was my prayer. I’ve been asking for God to touch a situation or a family member and I keep repeating the prayer over and over and I just want to cry out “Can you hear me now!??!”
1 John 5:15 teaches us that when we pray for His will..He hears us. When we ask for things that are selfish things…or I like to call them “Matthew things”…He turns His ear. When we pray for a ton of money so that we can quit our job and live in a huge house and forget about the rest of the world…He turns His ear. When we pray for Him to trust us with more money so that we can give it to others….He hears us.
Listen to your prayers as you’re praying and before asking for anything ask yourself what the intent of your heart is for what you’re asking. If you’re praying for His will…let it rain!