Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15 NKJV
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 KJV
Believers are saved, sanctified, and some, are even filled with the Holy Spirit. Can a believer living in an earthly body of the flesh pray a perfect prayer? Anyone who is clothed by bodily flesh operates in some degree of imperfection notwithstanding his/her standing in Christ. To be perfect is to be without fault or defect; to be lacking in no essential detail; or, to be completely exact and precise (Merriam-Webster). Can an imperfect person ever pray a perfect prayer?
The objective of prayer, in addition to communion and fellowship, is getting an answer to your prayer. According to the text above, answered prayer requires confidence, i.e., assurance and boldness (See Heb. 4:16 also). Confidence is not born out of selfishness, ignorance, or being in a narrow place in life—where you’re communing with the problem and not with God. And, the emphasis in prayer is God’s will—not our will. Prayer is communicating with God, not demanding what we want from Him, but rather thanking Him for what He wants for us according to His will (His Word). When our prayers are aligned to God’s will, He hears and answers with a clear answer.
There are three things that we can know about a perfect prayer: (1) God hears when we pray according to His will (Matt. 21:22); (2) we have the petitions desired (Mark 11:24); and, (3) we know all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28). Do all things really work for together for good? If so, does that include the good, the bad, and ugly, sickness and disease, evil and darkness? In perfect prayer, all things absolutely work together for good whether you understand it or not, or agree with it or not. Just remember, God doesn’t work to make us happy but He works to fulfill His purpose in our lives (Eph. 1:11).
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