12/13/16: Confident Prayer

images-2It’s easy to ask when we know our requests are going to be granted. You know the feeling. You’d been good all week, so when you asked for that ice cream cone on Saturday, Mom said, “Of course!” You worked hard through school posting A’s on your transcript, so when you applied for your first choice college, the admissions office sent back a letter that said, “Congratulations, you’re in!” She stole your heart and you promised her a future of romance and laughter even through the hard times, so on bended knee you proposed and she said, “Yes!” The finance department ran your credit and the manager is saying, “You can head over to the realtor to pick up your keys. The house is yours.” Sweet!

Yes, asking is easy when our ducks are in a row. We can approach with confidence the holder of the blessing. I John 5:14-15 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (NKJ). The Greek word for “confidence” used here is “parrhesia” (par-rhay-see’-ah) and it means “all out-spokenness, frankness, bluntness, and being openly assured.” Therefore, in bold assurance, I can take to the bank the fact that God hears me and grants the petitions I am asking of Him.

But wait: that assurance does come with one tiny little caveat. We have our ducks in a row when we ask “according to His will.” In other words, the sovereign God still holds the cards. We exist to serve Him, not the other way around. So when we ask stuff that is not in line with His will, He is under no obligation to grant that to us. The bold confidence in our asking comes only when we are requesting that which is already a part of His will for our lives.

How do we know what’s already a part of His will for our lives? By being in constant communion with Him. The better I know the Savior, the more in tune with Him I become. I wouldn’t then dare ask Him to do anything for me that’s outside of His character. Confident prayer rests in our relationship with the Master. Strong ties equals sure requests and answers.

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~ by sanewriter on December 13, 2016.

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