February 13, 2024
“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”
1 John 5:14-15 NASB
Confidence. According to this Scripture and others like Hebrews 4:16, “Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” This verse instructs us to approach God with full confidence. We often have this idea that we are to shy away from God because of His holiness and Majesty, but He commands us to come boldly to the throne of grace. Come with confidence when asking Him for things.
Our requests should be with purpose and certainly not with selfish agendas. Some of our requests are for ourselves and some are for others. When God knows they are from the heart and will benefit the kingdom, He is listening. We may have bills that need to be paid, we may have health concerns that we would seek for Him to address, or relationships that are strained and we desire for his Spirit to intervene.
One of the best ways to approach God with confidence is to bring before Him His own Word. For example, when we need God to meet our needs, He is our Jehovah Jireh (our Provider). Phil 4:19, says, “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” Or when we find ourselves with no way out, Heb 4:16 says He provides grace and mercy to help us in time of need. He is our Jehovah Rapha (our Healer) and can heal with the touch of his hand. When we claim His promises and call upon Him confidently and persistently, we see Him do more and more in our lives daily.
Are you timid and shy when you pray, or do you go boldly to the throne of grace?
Do you ever quote Scripture when you are praying?
Write out your prayer requests and check back and see when and how He answers them.
Heavenly Father, thank you for always listening to me when I call out to you. You have told me that you started a good work within me and will see it to completion. I want to be able to come to you confidently and boldly with all my requests and seek you for all my needs, confessions, celebrations, and successes. May you be my hiding place. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.