“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
I John 5:14 NKJV
What an incredible promise this is. We can ask God anything He’ll do it for us. But that’s not quite what Scripture says, we have to ask According to His will.
James 4:3 NKJV “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
We can’t just pray for whatever we want. If we ask with wrong motives we are guaranteed to not receive an answer.
Jesus instructed us to pray that God’s will would be done. We can’t always trust our own desires. The heart is deceitful and unless our will is submitted to God we are pretty much guaranteed to fall into James 4:3.
When you ask God; ask humbly, ask according to His will, and most of all begin and end with a thankful heart.