1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.
So all I have to do to guarantee that my prayers get answered is pray according to God’s perfect will. But the problem is that there are a lot of areas in my life that I have no clue what God’s will is. I can try and guess what God’s will is, or I can just pray what I want to happen and hope we agree on what is best.
An example would be praying for our President. The Bible says that we are to pray for Kings and all who are in authority. So precisely, what do I pray? If we were living in the Tribulation, the antichrist would be the world ruler doing precisely what God programmed him to do so prayers for him to become a follower of Jesus would be futile.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
This passage on praying for Kings ends with “who desires all men to be saved .” So, this is my prayer in regards to politics and our US leaders.
“Lord Jesus, I have the same desire that You have, that all people are saved. I pray for myself that You would give me many opportunities to influence people to follow you with 100% of their life and heart. I pray for every person at JBC that You would stir them and motivate them to look for opportunities to influence people to love and follow Jesus with their life. I pray for our President and the rest of our authorities that the decisions that they make would cause Your Word and the gospel to spread rapidly, whatever that might be, You know.