“I delight to do Your will, O my God.”-Psalm. 40:8.
He who prays for divine help must not insult God by opposing Him. The second and third petitions of the Lord’s prayer are: “Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Prayers offered in any spirit that is inconsistent with a desire for His will to be done in our world and in our lives are not acceptable to God. Reason affirms this, and the Bible is explicit. Only the prayers of people truly consecrated to God can have power with Him. God is not a mere convenience, to be resorted to for selfish purposes in times of trouble. He invites us to enter into His spirit and His plans. He wants us to identify ourselves with His cause and His Kingdom, to carry out our lives in His will. If we do so, He promises to take care of us and to hear our appeals for aid and blessing.
- William W. Patton
No lesson is more important than learning to live in the will of God. Success in prayer depends upon it. See Romans 8:27. The Spirit’s intercessions are according to the will of God; therefore we are to pray in the Spirit.