Successful Prayer

1 John 5:14-15 “This is the confidence that we have in him that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
This is the confidence we have in Him. The confidence and faith we have when praying results from the knowledge that if we ask anything according to His will, that He hears us and that we have whatsoever we desire and pray for. There are two things mentioned here about successful prayer.
1. The first thing is faith. “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” (Romans 14:23). Therefore, a prayer which is not of faith is sin. “Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6). It is impossible to please God if our prayer is not a prayer of faith. Here we see also that prayer is to be a diligent seeking of God. Diligent means to carefully seek Him with perseverance despite difficulty and opposition. It means to continue and refuse to give up. It is to go to God with determination.
2. The second thing is the will of God. Therefore, before we pray it is necessary that we first determine what His will is about what we desire. People often pray “If it be Your will”. The word “if” is not a word of faith. If we diligently seek God and diligently ask Him to reveal His will then He shall guide our praying.
Activating the Holy Spirit within us. When we pray as mentioned above the Holy Spirit begins to act on our behalf. “The Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27). When we are praying as mentioned above and we feel the Spirit moving in our prayer then we can have faith in our praying.