“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”—1 John 5:14 (NKJV)
What if you knew with 100% confidence that God heard and answered your prayers? I don’t know about you, but I often find myself wishing a lot more than believing when I pray, but this is not God’s desire. His desire is that we would be sure, confident, and secure as we come to Him, and He has given us promises in His Word for this very purpose. He wants us to know, so that we might believe.
Would you describe your prayer life as confident . . . full of faith? An apprehensive or unbelieving prayer life simply results from a lack of knowledge of God.
Think about it: If we worry for our needs, then we haven’t come to know Him as Jehovah Jireh, Provider—the One who opens His hand to satisfy the desire of every living thing (Psalm 145:16). If fear continually has it’s way in our hearts, then we don’t yet know His perfect love because perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18.) And in the same way, if we’re faithless, we don’t yet truly believe that the Lord keeps His covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments (Deuteronomy 7:9).
Friends, He has given us His Word so that we can KNOW! We see in 1 John 5:14 that He wants us to be confident and secure. Verse 15 goes on to say, “And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
This is an amazing promise! To think that we could know that we have what we asked of Him . . . wouldn’t that change everything?
Let’s think this through so we don’t miss it: If we ask for anything according to His will, He hears us. If we’re going to lay hold of this promise, then we must know His will. His Word is His will, so to know His will is to know His Word. John 15:7 (NKJV) says, “If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”
So, if we pray His Word, He hears us, and we can be confident that it will be done. Wow! So, what are you waiting for? Pray confidently and full of faith!
DIG: Read Psalm 107:20, Isaiah 55:11, and Romans 10:17 to see what else the Word has to say about it’s own power.
DISCOVER: Search the Bible to find what God has already promised you concerning your present fear, trial, or request.
DISPLAY: Pray according to the Word and then watch and see Him perform it in your life.