One of the important features of the christian life is prayer. Without prayer, no Christian would be victorious in attempting to live godly in Christ. Therefore, a clear and complete understanding of prayer is vital.
The believer’s prayer will also begin with a desire. However, the believer’s desire must be pure. It can not be born out of covetousness. If it is, God may not grant the request.
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (James 4:3, KJV)
In addition to a pure desire, prayers have to be in line with God’s will (promise) for our lives in order to see our desire come to pass.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. (I John 5:14, KJV)
It is certain that if we ask according to His will, we will have what we ask for. We have a promise that we will receive the petition.
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (I John 5:15, KJV)
In order for this promise to be of effect, we must be aware of God’s will for our lives. Even though our motives and desire maybe pure, God may not honor our prayer. If this occurs, God will grant wisdom to understand why.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5, KJV)
Along with the proper desire and knowledge of God’s will, we must have faith in God.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. (James 1:6a, KJV)
Every desire presented to God has to be by faith. Without faith, we will frustrate our reception of our prayers.