Seeking God’s will is an integral part of coming to faith. If faith begins when the will of God is known, and if faith comes alive when the will of God is met, then seeking, finding, and meeting His will are all integral to the process of growing faith.
The will of God is not meant to be determined after one prays – by seeing what happens. That is a wondering prayer, a hoping prayer, and not a faith prayer. A ‘see if it will happen’ prayer is not a ‘knowing it will happen’ prayer. A knowing prayer is the only type of prayer that God answers. The ‘will it happen’ issue is to be resolved prior to praying.
This is the confidence which we have before 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 which we have asked from Him. I John 5:14,15
Prayer was never meant to operate by throwing things against a wall to see what sticks. For prayer to be meaningful it must be trusted, and for prayer to be trusted it must be founded upon and powered by faith. Faith is trust in God – a trust in His known will. Faith is the indication that His will has been confirmed to the heart. Faith is always based on the general word of God and is always consistent with the personal will of God. Faith occurs when the general word of God that has been planted in the heart comes alive. This occurs only when the personal will of God has been met.