your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
If you don’t know how or what to pray, pray for God’s will to be done in your life. Don’t be intimidated by long, loud or eloquent prayers. Prayer doesn’t have to be full of big, fancy words it just has to be from your heart. Have a sincere conversation with God and pray knowing and believing that He hears you.
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
God is holy and He is calling you to be holy. Before you knew God you didn’t know any better, but now that you know God, He expects more from you. God wants you to be obedient and live according to His will in every aspect of your life. He expects you to be holy, but don’t worry if you fall, He is also forgiving.
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Bearing much fruit comes with spiritual maturity. When you devote yourself to God and His will, the more this fruit is evident in your life. And when you aren’t connected to the life giving vine, you stop bearing fruit. Stay connected to God with daily prayer, reading His Word and by being thankful.
For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.
The best way to put a stop to critics and negative people is to do good and live a virtuous and godly life. Be a good example of what it means to love the Lord and do good so that those who don’t know God will have nothing bad to say about you.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
Pray with the full confidence that God hears you, He is faithful and He is a loving God. God hears all your prayers and He answers all your prayers. When you ask God for something, the answer will be yes, no or wait. The key words here are “according to His will”. Just because you pray and ask God for something does not mean that it is His will for you. You must always pray “according to his will” and ask that His will be done, not yours, for He alone knows His plans for you. No matter what the answer is, know that He has heard your prayer.
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
When times are tough, when you are struggling, or when things in your life seem stagnant, don’t give up and don’t lose your confidence in God. Wait without giving up, you only fail if you quit, do what God asks of you, finish your race strong, and you will receive what He has promised.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
How encouraging to know we serve a God who hears our prayers. Through His love and mercy God promises that when we call on Him and pray to Him, He will listen. Whatever the answer may be, we can be assured that God hears our prayers and know that He will answer them in his own time and way.