Praying with God, Not to Him

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The will of God is to be for us, as we read in 1 John 5:14–15:

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

With this in mind, we can set our hearts to joyfully endure. The Lord spends a lot of time and effort preparing our hearts to listen to His will. Through this process, we improve our ability to discover His voice, understand His heart, and detect His will. The tipping point in this journey comes when we learn to listen more than speak. When we are in the presence of God, we need to choose our words carefully. “Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in Heaven, and you on Earth; therefore let your words be few,” says Ecclesiastes 5:2.

This will sound odd, but I think we sometimes do too much praying. If we would simply listen more, we would know exactly what to pray. Instead of using our mouths to try and find God’s will, we need to use the ears of our heart. By waiting on God, we will hear His word. We need to remain attentive. Listening is the chief part of prayer.

Prayer is finding out what the Father wants to do, then standing in Christ before Him and asking Him to do it by the power of the Holy Spirit. We pray with God, not towards Him; we pray with the answer, not to try to find one. We are the third part of a three-fold chord of answered prayer. Yoked with Jesus in partnership, we rest in God’s incredible heart toward us as we joyfully pray His heart back to Him.

When we discover God’s will and pray for it to occur, we position ourselves to be part of that answer. We wait, we listen, we determine what to pray, and we pray it — this is how a spiritual warrior works with the Holy Spirit. Prayer is a discipline, preceded by the foundation of listening.

A correct revelation of what the Lord wants to do puts us in the right place at the right time. We then operate with the faith that He hears us, and we know that prayers that reside in the will of God are always answered. Spiritual warriors labor to develop a certainty in prayer so they are not perpetually stuck in petition. As Jesus said in Matthew 21:22, “Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you  will receive.” This is the kind of faith with which a spiritual warrior walks. Or as 1 John 5:14–15 puts it:

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Prayer is not some massive net we use to trawl for the will of God; it is our opportunity to agree with what He wants to do. When we pray in the will of God, we build the faith and confidence needed to further declare God’s plans. Spiritual warriors declare, “This is the will of God,” and proclaim the truth of God’s victory over every adversary.

–An excerpt from Qualities of a Spiritual Warrior


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Qualities of a Spiritual Warrior and the rest of The Warrior Series are great resources for anyone who is tired of doing battle with the enemy and walking away weary, thinking negatively and filled with anxiety. The Warrior Series is all about fighting from victory, not toward it, by establishing a higher-level relationship with the Father who gives us peace, rest, and restoration no matter the situation.

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