Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2
 

Confident Prayer

Confident Prayer

 

“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.” (1 John 5:14-15)

In the game show, “Jeopardy,” an answer is provided to the contestants who compete to select the corresponding question. Similarly, in the wonderful passage of prayer and promise in 1 John 5:14-15, the answers are given and three questions seem to jump out of the text.

First, does God hear us and answer when we pray? Verse 14 says that He hears us. It is not that He listens only, but that He hears us favorably to answer us. Verse 15 says that if He hears us, then we have what we ask no matter what it is.

Secondly, is there a condition for being heard by God when we pray? John wrote that we should ask according to his will. This has been called a “gracious limitation” to asking anything. God will answer our prayers every time that we ask according to His will. Asking according to His will can also include asking for His glory.

Finally, how do we know God’s will? Charles Stanley wrote, “God desires to give us direction in our prayers. He has promised in His Word to do so. Our responsibility is to seek His direction through Scripture. Once we have found His promise to us, we must dig in and wait while thanking Him for what is already ours.”

We discover God’s will as we study the scriptures and as the Holy Spirit duly guides us. We make adjustments of perspective from ours to His. We are willing to obey His Word as we study and pray. Like Jesus in the Garden, we come to a place that we want what God wants above all else. We are the most joyful and fulfilled when we align to His will. Prayer is not just asking, but yielding.

It is suggested above that when we pray having discovered the Lord’s will in His Word, we can be so certain of His response that we can stop asking Him the same request, and begin to thank Him for His imminent answer. Contrary to the game show, nothing is in jeopardy regarding our confidence and access as we approach God praying according to His will.

Greg Murphy, Minister – Family Care