"...Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." -Matthew 6:10
Often we hear of people's answered prayer. Then again, there are many other prayers that seem as of yet unanswered. We think of prayer like a phone call to God, with God on the receiving end. We are happy when He picks up (answers our prayer), yet discouraged when He does not. We may equate God's goodness with the number of prayers He answers. We might think prayer is just about asking God for things, but is this in fact how we are called to pray?
Craig Hill in his book, If God, Then Why...? cites an interesting viewpoint when it comes to prayer. He considers believers ambassadors of heaven, and as such, given authority in prayer due to God's covenant (promise of redemption) with us.
He says in Chapter 8: "If God Is In Control, Then Why Pray":
We oftentimes hear people talk about "answered" prayer. From the standpoint of ambassadors, we are actually the ones doing the answering. God wants to speak to us and has many things that He would like us to proclaim and release on earth. Thus, He is waiting for us to listen and answer Him. I believe that the greatest problem in accomplishing God's kingdom purpose on the earth is not getting God to answer us, but rather getting us to listen to and answer Him. So true answered prayer is when we finally pick up the line to heaven and answer God's request of us as His ambassadors. (p. 180-181)
Knowing God's will is a big part of this equation. What about our belief in God? Do we believe God's will is for there to be so sickness, no pain, no disease? Do we believe in the verse that says God is "not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance"? (2 Peter 3:9) Craig says, "I believe if we (prayed God's will), we would see an explosion of the Kingdom of God." (p. 181)
Have you picked up the line to God's call? May we all have ears to hear and eyes to see what the Father would have us proclaim on the earth, so that windows of heaven might be opened to the will and plans of God for all humanity.
"By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me." -Jesus, John 5:30