Let’s jump into today’s Wednesday Devotional, which is all about learning to pray confidently to God. Today’s verse is 1 John 5:15. “And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”
In these verses, John tells us we can have confidence in God. He tells us we can have confidence when we ask God for anything in line with His Will. Therefore, if whatever we ask is in line with God’s will, we can be confident He hears our prayers.
So, let me ask you, when you pray, do you ask of God? Most of us will probably say “Yes.” I think most of us do ask of God when we pray. God is generous, and He wants us to ask Him. He wants us to ask Him for anything, like the scripture says. Asking does not mean He will give us everything we ask for. However, asking God for anything means we are talking to Him about everything. We must also remember nothing is ever too big or too small to ask of God.
On the other hand, we must also take it a step further and ask God according to His Will, and not our will. When I asked you previously, you may have answered “Yes” to the first question about asking of God, but let me ask you another question. Do you ask of God according to His Will instead of simply what you want? Asking God for what we want is not the point of prayer at all. Prayer is about asking God to accomplish His will. God wants to use us to accomplish His Will. He wants us to be so close to Him, we only pray about the things He cares about, so He can use us to accomplish His Will.
When we begin to pray about things according to God’s Will, we can be confident our prayers will be answered.
Prayer is not just throwing words up to God. It is not asking for our own selfish desires. It is wholly seeking God and praying His desires to Him in order for them to be accomplished through us.
Our will must become aligned with His Will.
Do you have confidence your prayers will be answered because they are aligned with God’s Will? If not, what do you need to change in order to have confidence your prayers will be answered?
God, thank you for answering our prayers. Forgive me for seeking my will instead of Your Will. Help me to seek Your Will more fervently, and help me to have more confidence in my prayers because I am seeking Your Will. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.