Deuteronomy 3:25-26 I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon.26 But the Lord was wroth with me for your sakes, and would not hear me: and the Lord said unto me, Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this matter.
One key to getting answered prayers is to ask after God’s will. Just before his death, Moses recounted his experience with God to the Children of Israel. He reminded them that God said that he would not cross over to the Promised Land because he had struck the rock rather than speaking to the rock as God had said. Thereafter, he prayed to the Lord asking him to reconsider His position, but the Lord’s response was, “ speak no more to me of this matter”. To be put simply the answer was “no”.
Moses would have gotten many “yes” in his prayer requests to God; this was the only time it was recorded in the scripture that he heard a “no”. The only reason why he got a “no” here is because he did not ask after God’s will. Jesus teaches in Matthew 7:7 that we must ask, but one condition to us receiving is to ask according to His will. It is very important then that when you ask God for anything, you ask according to his will. It is the key to getting “yes” to your prayers. 1 John 5;14-15 tells us that when we ask according to his will we can be confident that we will receive whatever we have asked for.
How can you know His will? His will is revealed in the scriptures or through his promises or purposes spoken to you. Let these be the centerpiece of your prayer, not a wish list of things that you desire. It should be aligned to His will.
Life Application: Make a habit of praying His words back to Him, that is the totality of praying his will.
Prayer: Dear Lord, let my will align with yours. Help me to pray prayers that are aligned to your will and purpose to my life. Help me to understand what your will is for my life in the various situations. In Jesus name, amen.