Approaching Prayer with Certainty

90 Days of Prayer Day Fifty-One

1 John 5:14-15
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked of him.”

Are you secure enough in your relationship with God to believe, He’s always ready and willing to answer your prayers? Do you believe His Word is already permanently settled in heaven?  Do you believe that a basic fact of redemption is that God promises to hear and answer your prayers? I’m sure you believe He always keeps His promises.

God’s Word is a Settled Fact

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Consider David’s thoughts from Psalm 119:89-93, “Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you. If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.”

I had an Aha! moment when I saw that my confidence comes from having the freedom to approach God, knowing,  if I ask anything according to his will, (something He’s already promised in His word) He hears me! Why would I not expect God to keep His promises? As sons and daughters, we should be confident of an answer when we use His promises, because we know our Father in Heaven does not lie or go back on His Word.

Standing on the Promises

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The bible is filled with promises and instructions concerning those things that God is not only willing, but also desires to do for you. Isn’t it reasonable to believe, if you use a promise that applies to your situation, and your resting your prayer request upon it, God is going to answer you?

You’re confident because, you’re asking God to do something He’s already promised to do in that type of situation. Praying like this gives certainty regardless of how you feel, because you are starting out with God’s promised answer before you pray!

So train yourself to live by the facts of Christ’s redemption and not by your feelings. Think, speak, and practice the Word of God, grow daily in your relationship with Him. Rest confidently on His promises when you pray, and Be Encouraged! – JSP

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