The quotes below from Kenneth Hagins books have made it clear what he has taught concerning the question should we pray “Gods will be done”?
“It is unscriptural to pray, ‘If it is the will of God.’ When you put an ‘if in your prayer, you are praying in doubt,” Kenneth Hagin, Exceedingly Growing Faith, Tulsa: Faith Library, 1983, p. 10.
“Because we didn’t understand what Jesus said, and because we’ve been religiously brainwashed instead of New Testament-taught, we watered down the promises of God and tacked on something that Jesus didn’t say, and added on something else to it: “Well, He will all right if it’s His will, but it might not be His will, ” people have said. And yet, you don’t find that kind of talk in the New Testament,” Kenneth Hagin, How Jesus Obtained His Name, Tulsa: Rhema, cassette tape #44H01.
This teaching is mirrored by other Word of Faith teachers such as Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Fred Price, Jesse Duplantis, Joyce Meyers and others. But the real question we should be asking is “can we find that kind of talk (Thy will be done) in the New Testament”? Here is one of my favorites as it is the best scriptures to counter the WoF false interpretation of Mark 11:23.
1Jn 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
We see our prayers in proper balance in these verses because the “whatsoever we ask” is regulated by “if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us”. This plainly states that when we do not pray according to the will of God, God does not even hear our prayers and is under no obligation to answer our prayers in opposition to his will and providence.
It is a fact that the Spirit of God will not even make intersession on our behalf unless it be “according to the will of God”.
Rom 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Mat 6:9-10 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Luk 11:1-2 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Jesus instructs us to pray that the will of God be done in the earth as in heaven (that would include Gods will for our lives). And this is not a suggestion on how to pray. It is a model of how to pray, for even Jesus prayed to align his life with the “will of God”
Mat 26:41-42 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
Why did Jesus pray for this cup to be removed from Him? Because is was a cup of wrath, the wrath of God, that would be poured out upon The Lord. But this was necessary, according to the will of God, to bring about the NT and the complete atonement of sins.
Heb 10:7-9 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
Gal 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
Only “he that doeth the will of God” shall abide forever. And we are to “stand perfect and complete in all the will of God“. Do you want to abide forever? How can you be in the complete will of God if you do not seek and pray “thy will be done”?
1Jn 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. “stand perfect and complete in all the will of God“.
Col 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
It is even Gods will that we will suffer in this world.
1Pe 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
1Pe 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
And it is even Gods will that we be thankful, giving thanks, FOR ALL THINGS – not just what we perceive to be good.
1Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
It is obvious that the bible says much about the will of God and how we are to seek it to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Hagin and other Word of faith teachers simply have a very wrong paradigm concerning Gods will verse mans will. They are self centered and not God centered.