It is the father who points the “arrows” (his children) and sends them on their journey (Psalm 127:4-5) through life. And, it is the good father that uses God’s word to shape the arrows before they are sent.
The first step in a powerful prayer-life is seeking the will of God. We must let go of our wills our wants and our wishes. And replace them with God’s will “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”…
To submit to God’s judgments, especially when we find them painful, requires a heart that if focused on God rather than our selves. It requires a heart that is preoccupied with God’s holy will and purpose: A heart that is more interested in what God is trying to accomplish than what we want to enjoy.
The “good” the unsaved man/woman seeks to fulfill their own self-centered desires and not the desires of God. Therefore, everything done by the unsaved is an abomination, repulsive, to God. Only actions of faith will please Him.
We will never (fully) understand why God operates in the way that He does. And, if we try to, we will be left frustrated. But, we can trust in Him. We can accept His way to be perfect and trust that He will do what is best.
As we read God’s word, we get to know Him better. As we know God more, we know His will more. As we know God’s will more, we better know how to pray according to His will. And… when we pray according to God’s will, our prayers are… answered affirmatively.
Mankind’s problem isn’t fundamentally one of knowledge. Rather the issue that besets the world is one of will. We know God exists, we know what is right. But will we seek God? Will we humbly accept His Way and His Salvation?
Let us keep our focus squarely and continually on the Word of God. Let us not be deceived by the opinions of men, or the lures of the devil. Let us affix the Word of God in our hearts, so that we can be rooted, steadfast, in His Will.
When God reaches out to us, we have a finite “window of opportunity” to respond to His call.
Jesus did not give us a ‘blank check’; He only promised to deliver requests made in “His name”.