Topic:Prayer and Confidence
Prayer is a major part of our life as children of God, and we must pray with confidence that God hears and wants to meet our needs and right desires. God doesn’t want us to approach Him timidly, fearfully, and without confidence. He instructs us to come boldly to His throne to ask for what we need and
want. We are never told to sneak up to the throne or to crawl as a beggar. We know Jesus, and we have the use of His
wonderful and powerful name so we can and should go boldly.
Consider these two verses of Scripture:
And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son.
[Yes] I will grant [I Myself will do for you] whatever you shall ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM].
Not only is what Jesus says amazing, but He says it two times in a row. To me, that means He really wants us to get it.
Asking for “whatever” doesn’t sound timid or fearful to me.
It sounds like confidence that we are loved and can come boldly to God knowing that we are loved and He wants to meet our
God wants to be involved in everything we do, and we invite Him into our business through prayer.
Here is a truly amazing Scripture:
You who [are His servants and by your prayers] put the Lord in remembrance [of His promises], keep not
silence. Isaiah 62:6b
It requires confidence to actually remind God what He has promised you. Imagine a child coming to his father and saying,
“Dad, you promised that you would play ball with me tonight.”
That is a beautiful example of a child who is confident in his dad’s love. But it was a bit more difficult for me to believe I could go to Father God in that same way, reminding Him of His promises to me. Over the years I have gained enough confidence to do that, and I see amazing results. Yesterday as I prayed I said something like this: “Father, You have promised to give me favor so I am expecting to see it today. You have
promised to give me strength to do all things, so I am expecting to be energized by Your strength for all of my tasks today.
You are my wisdom, so I expect that I will not do anything foolish today. I will make wise decisions.” On and on I went, reminding God of His promises, and I bore witness in my spirit
that it was right to do it. I have decided to have this kind of confidence by faith. I do it because I believe God wants me to
and because it is important to the fulfillment of His plan, and
you can do it too.
Now here is another even more amazing Scripture: Put Me in remembrance [remind Me of your merits]; let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case,
that you may be justified (proved right). Isaiah 43:26
Being “in Christ” is the one true merit that we need, based on the New Covenant. God will bless us because we believe in
His Son, Jesus. True confidence presses in and won’t let go of
God. Jacob wrestled with the angel of the Lord all night and refused to let him go until God blessed him.
And Jacob was left alone, and a Man wrestled with him until daybreak.And when [the Man] saw that He did not prevail against [Jacob], He touched the hollow of his thigh; and Jacob’s thigh was put out of joint as he wrestled
Then He said, Let Me go, for day is breaking.
But [Jacob] said, I will not let You go unless You declare a blessing upon me.