1 John 5:14-15,NIV “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked of him.”
Before Jesus raised Lazarus up from the dead, John’s gospel records that He prayed “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me” (John 11:41, 42). This suggests to us that He had prayed about what He would do beforehand. His prayer at Lazarus’ tomb demonstrated confidence. Jesus went on to say in a loud voice “Lazarus come out!” (verse 43). I think we would all agree that one must be extremely confident to do something like this. If nothing happened Jesus would have lost His credibility. But the truth is that receiving from God requires this attitude of confidence. Someone may attempt to discount this truth and say ‘well…that was Jesus’, but Jesus has given every believer the same access to the Father through the use of His name in prayer (John 16:23).
Confidence in prayer starts in asking according to God’s will. When you do so, He hears. If He hears, then it is done (1 John 5:14-15). Not knowing the will of God is not an excuse for ineffective prayer. The word of God is God’s will. The same way you express your will with your words, God has expressed His will for your life in Scripture. No Scripture is written by the will of man but by the inspiration of God (2 Tim.3:16, 2 Pet.1:21). You have the responsibility of searching through God’s word to find out what He has said concerning what you need in prayer, and pray accordingly.
Practically demonstrate your confidence in God and His word―act and talk like you know you have it― in the face of everything that is contrary to what you believed for because you know that your prayers have been heard and answered. Notice what Hebrews 10:35-37 (ESV) has to say concerning your confidence: “…do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For, Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay”.
Scriptures to Meditate: 1 John 3:21-22, John 15:7, John 16:23, Heb.4:16
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