Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (1 John 5:14).
Now, where’s the secret of strength in this verse? It’s in the phrase “according to His will.” Many people end their prayers by saying “if it be Thy will.” Why don’t they know what His will is? It’s as plain on the nose on your face. His will, what He wants, is written over and over again in His Word. That’s why the Scriptures say that in two or three witnesses a thing is established.
When we find what we believe to be His will in the Scriptures, for instance, we know that He wants all men to be saved, then we look for other places where it says the same thing. By two or three witnesses we can know His will. Another example would be about healing. It mentions three times that by His stripes (the marks of the lash on Jesus’ back), we were healed. We can only conclude that He paid for our healing as well as our salvation, and yes, He wants us to be healed. When we pray according to this knowledge, we know He hears us. And if He hears us . . . ?