When We Pray
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive – Matthew 21:22
This scripture isn’t a guarantee that we can get anything we want simply by asking Jesus and believing. God doesn’t grant requests that would hurt us and others or that is violation of His nature or will. Jesus ‘ statement is not a blank check to be fulfilled, our request must be in harmony with the principles of God’s word and His character.
In order to get our prayers answered they must be in the will of God. The will of God is His word, and His word is His will. The stronger our belief, the more likely our prayers will be in line with God’s will. We also must have faith to believe what we prayed for. We can’t be like the people who was praying for Peter’s release from prison, and when Peter knocked on the door after being released from prison according to their prayers, they didn’t believe (And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. And they said unto her, Thou art mad, but she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel – Acts 12:14-15). Faith moves the hand of God in our circumstances when we pray. Peter was innocent, and someone in the group was believing God for Peter’s release, and their faith moved the hand of God.