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. (1 John 5:14-15)
Our Confidence In Him
There are many blessings in being a child of God. We have the confidence that eternal life is ours. The hope of heaven is not a vague mystery but a blessed assurance that we can know the promise of salvation is true. This changes everything. Life is not a rejected experience of endless despair but euphoria of God’s grace. Redemption is not a chance happening. The Lord cannot lie and He has promised a city where every child of God can dwell with Him. With this confidence, we know that we can ask anything according to His will and He will hear us. Knowing that God hears us, whatever we ask we have those supplications granted according to His mercy. Glory to God for His abundant love in showing His power in our lives.
Prayer has always been underdeveloped in the lives of God’s people. One of the greatest tools in the arsenal of faith is prayer. Paul’s description of the armor of God includes the power of prayer as a part of the defense against the wiles of the devil. Jesus prayed often and for long periods of time. The early saints gathered often for the purpose of prayer. Pleading the promises of God is the essence of prayer. Spending a devoted time to a study of the word of God will bring about a prayerful attitude. Because of listening to what the will of the Lord says and talking to Him about His will, a deep confidence arises in the heart believing that what we ask of God He will grant.
Confidence is a belief or trust in the word of the Lord. The Bible is a book of promises. From the beginning of time, God has shown His grace in keeping His promises to Abraham, Moses, David, the prophets and His Son Jesus Christ. This character of God has remained unchanged. Saints today can have the confidence that if we ask anything according to the will of the Father, He will hear us. Moreover, knowing that He will hear us we have the confidence to believe that whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him. The reason that prayer does not move mountains in our lives is because we have yet to let prayer move us. Our Father loves us and gives us what we need every day. He cares for us and guides us by His loving hand. He hears us and blesses us with our needs because we ask of him. Prayer is seeking. The more we seek the more we find. There is confidence in prayer. It is found on bended knee.
Prayer is the language of the children of God. He who is begotten of God speaks this language. He calls God Abba, Father, in the true spirit of supplication. (Adam Clarke)