1st John 5
14 ¶ This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
15 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.
If we ask anything according to God’s will, He hears us. Now, that sounds simple enough. But the problem is knowing His will! Have you ever had times when your prayers were met with silence? Or worse yet, the feeling that you might as well be talking to rocks? Asking according to God’s will needs to be defined. We can better understand God’s response to our prayers if we picture God’s will as a realm, not a mandate. We must be in the right realm for Him to hear. God does not respond to our requests many times because we ask from a realm that is not rooted in Him. Our prayers and requests do not compute. Imagine a young child asking their parents an impossible question. The parents cannot answer the question because there has been no foundation laid in the child’s mind to understand the concept of the question.
All too often we carry certain mindsets and ideas of God’s word. We carry within us interpretations of how we think that word will be fulfilled. I carried expectations for many years related to the way I thought God would bring fulfillment to certain revelation He had given. All my prayer and inquiries into such expectations were met with silence. Why? Because God cannot speak, much less bring fulfillment, when we are insisting on a certain paradigm be completed. Our very thought patterns and expectations preclude God from revealing an alternative explanation. When God speaks of being born again, or, more accurately, born from above, it is more comprehensive than we can imagine. All of our thought processes must change. We must be renewed in the spirit of our minds (Eph. 4:17-24). This is a great work God accomplishes in His sons, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Thus, we live through periods where God does not seem to hear, or respond.
It is a tragedy that so many believers live their lives trapped between the mind of Christ and the religious expectations of Adam. It is not that God won’t address this issue; He can’t. Not in the short term. We are incapable of receiving when we are in the wrong realm, and there is no bridge that God can use to reach us in our error. A closed mind is impregnable, and anything contrary to its paradigm will not be received. I would like to share a transition my wife is making (with her permission, of course). For many months now she has battled a certain depression settling over her. She is normally a very optimistic person. It has been a difficult time for both of us. Recently, God revealed she has been in a time of death, and her very concepts and ideas of God’s word were decaying. It has been a process of death, burial, and resurrection. A renewed joy and expectation is returning to her spirit. This is because God has moved her into a higher realm where she can see and perceive more accurately. She is moving into a realm where the exchange of communication between her and God can flow freely. Thus, the silence and “dead spots” are being removed. My wife’s experience is true for every son that the Father receives (Heb. 12:3-6). We should not assume anything concerning God’s word to our hearts. Religion assumes a lot. Rather than be discouraged over God’s silence in certain areas of our lives, we should seek Him diligently until He brings us into the realm where He CAN speak with us. This truth goes to heart of the parable Jesus told concerning old and new wineskins.
16 “But no one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results.
17 “Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”