And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
1 John 5:14-15
According To His Will
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught us how to pray. That is where we received what is commonly called "The Lord's Prayer," and it begins with: "Our Father, which art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in Earth as it is in Heaven." The prayer then continues by asking for our needs (daily bread, forgiveness, led out of temptation, and deliverance), and concludes by glorifying the Lord (for Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory forever and ever, Amen). What is important to notice is that before we begin asking for the things we need, we first agree to the Lord's position (in heaven), His holiness (hallowed be Thy name), His sovereignty (Thy Kingdom come), and His will. After we submit our requests, we then thank the Lord and glorify Him. This pattern can be the pattern for every prayer.
Therefore, in all supplications, we should begin by asking that the will of the Father prevail. This agreement requires us to exercise faith because when we pray, we often think that we know the answer to our own prayer and there may also be a sense of urgency that we are feeling... but we must consider the Lord's timing and the Lord's will. For example, rather than pray for a specific job, pray for provision, for provision is God's will. Here is just one of the many declarative promises of provision in the Bible: