Our Confidence in Prayer
Abundant Life Devotional
By Eric Jinkwen
Our Confidence in Prayer
1 John 5:14-15:
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.
Prayer is a fundamental practice of the Christian life. It is our system of communication with our heavenly Father. It is our spiritual breathing system. Without prayers, a victorious Christian life is not possible.
We get direction, protection and provisions from our heavenly Father through prayer.
But someone can be very discouraged when he does not understand the confidence and assurance believers have in coming before God in prayer.
John, the Apostle of Jesus Christ who used to lay his heart on Jesus’ chest wrote this, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” Hallelujah!
There is a confidence when we come before God in prayer as His beloved children; the confidence is that God hears the prayers made according to His will. Take note, John says, “Now, this is the confidence… “. So, it is a done and sure fact. God is attentive to the prayers of His children. The basis of this statement is explained in the verses before.
(1) We have eternal life.
The life of God in us. Verses 11&12, “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
So, as a born again, you have the life of God. You are a child of God. You can hear God and God hears you. V15, “And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
(2) Our Confidence in Prayer is also based on the truth that Jesus has entered the Most Holy Place for us.
Hebrews 4:14 & 16
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”
And so, because Jesus has passed through the heavens and He is ready to symphatize with us, “Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.”
Help is always available at the throne of grace. That is why, we should always include thanksgiving in our prayer sessions as we see in Phil 4:6, 1 Tim 2:1. That was the prayer habit and pattern of Paul, Eph 1:15-18.
Today, when you pray, believe that God is hearing you. Believe that you have the answer.
Praise the Lord.
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Let’s meet at 8:30 pm, for a Zoom Prayer Time, The Secret Place of the Most High, Psalm 91.
See you there.