"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him" (1 John 5:14-15).
People have remembered John's phrase "according to his will," and thought they had to pray, "Lord, do this or that, if it be thy will." But inserting this expression into a prayer when God's Word already states that what we're praying for is His will is confessing that we don't believe God's Word. And that kind of praying will not work.
How can we find out what God's will is?
God's Word is His will! We can find out God's will for us in the Bible because the Bible is God's will, His covenant, and His testament. And it is God's will for us to have whatever God has provided for us!
First we must find the scriptures that reveal God's will for us. Then we can go before God with great boldness: "...this is the confidence that we have in him."
When we pray for things that God's Word tells us are His will, we know that He hears us! And when we know God hears us, we know we have the petitions we ask of Him. We know we have them, praise God!
Confession: I have this boldness toward God: When I ask anything according to God's Word, I know He hears me! And I know that when God hears me, I have the petitions I desired of Him!
(Taken by permission from RHEMA Bible Church , aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries , Tulsa , OK , USA. www.rhema.org )