1 John 5:14-15
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
One of the keys to effective prayer is knowing what you have prayed for is in line with God’s will. You can’t believe you have received something from God if you don’t know it is God’s will. Therefore before we ever pray about anything we need to first make sure it is in line with the will of God for our lives. When we do so then we know God not only heard our prayer, we know that we have what we have asked of Him.
Think of how much time people have spent praying not knowing if God heard them or not. The first thing you must do is go to the Word of God and find scripture that gives you the promise of what you are believing for. In doing so you have established it is His will, for God’s Word reveals what His desires are for us. Once you find scripture for God’s promise, get it settled in your heart that this is His will for you.
Some people think God will hear them if they just pray long enough but that is not true either. God has no problem hearing any prayer that is prayed in faith according to His will. So before you petition God for anything, find out His will in His Word. Settle it in your heart that it is His will for you. Then when you pray you will know He has heard you, and you will know that you have what you asked of Him. Then just keep thanking Him for what He has said is already yours, believing you have received when you pray.