Pray with Confidence
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
~ 1 John 5:14
One of the most difficult lessons to learn in being a Christian is the difference between boldness and confidence, on the one hand, and arrogance or boasting, on the other. We have faith in God, or we have nothing. And if we have faith, it means that we are convinced in the absolutely positively 100% truth of God's Word. So assuming we believe Him, what does He tell us about how we should pray?
With confidence! God Himself has told us that, number one, that He will listen to our prayers and, number two, that He wants to hear them. There's no reason to beat around the bush. God wants us to spill our guts to Him. With a reverence and respect, of course, for we are worshipping our Lord. God wants us to praise Him and serve Him. But still, whatever we need to get off our chests, He wants us to pray to Him about it.
We must have confidence in prayer that reflects our faith in God. If we ask for something in our prayers and — and this is a big “and” — it is something that is good for us, good for others, good for the world, God will grant our requests. Never forget, when you are praying, how much God loves you. He would die for you — wait a minute — he did die for you.
So when you pray, pray with boldness and confidence. Not brashness or arrogance, but confidence that God loves you and is listening, and wants to hear your prayer; and boldness, not the kind of arrogance that you are going to tell God what to do, but rather, a lack of any shyness about praying to Him as He has asked that you pray; not withholding anything because you don't want to talk to God about it.
Lord God, always let me pray to you, confident in your love. Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer