And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 1st John 5:14-15
How confident are you in believing God will answer your prayers? I want to share some scriptures for you to meditate on which will allow you to build your confidence in your ability to reach the Throne of Grace to receive answers for the prayers you pray for yourself or for someone else.
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalms 37:4 NIV). This has a lot to do with knowing the will of God. Jesus, when He was on the earth, a big part of His ministry was to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). So He went about teaching, healing and delivering all those who were misinformed or misguided from the truth (Matthew 4:23) and misled by satan. To have that same desire as your main priority or goal in life – learning to live your life in such a way that you may be a vessel worthy of the Master’s use is an admirable goal. One that would surely get you favor in the Lord’s eyes and will definitely get your prayers answered.
Naturally there is a sacrifice. For some it may be fame or fortune. The money, the degrees, and the material things the world lusts after should not be the main objects of your desires unless during your quest for those tools you use that platform to witness. Educated people believe that their intellect got them where they are and many don’t believe in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. So yes, you will go throughout your studying labeled as a weirdo and people will shy away from you. But when they get sick or are in need prayer, you would be the first one they come to. I honestly believe that whatever kind of work you do, you are there so that God can use you. If you make yourself available, God will put someone who needs an encouraging word on your path so that God can speak through you to give them the answers to their prayers. You can never tell when someone has ran out of hope and are on their last straw. You could be the last person they talk to before they kill themselves. If you delight yourself in doing the will of God, He will give you what you need to sustain the life of you and your family and to give you whatever you need to minister His love in the circle of people that surrounds you.
We all have choices. When the Lord God appear to Solomon in a dream one night and said: “Ask, what shall I give you? (1st Kings 3-5) Solomon could have asked for anything – long life, riches, or the lives of his enemies. Instead Solomon wanted to do what was right in the Lord site. He wanted to be able to treat the Lord’s treasured possession – the Israelites right. So Solomon asks for an understanding heart to judge the people and how to discern between good and evil (vs. 9) so that he could govern them. Now if you know how the Kingdom of God works, you know it works in multiplication (Matthew 13:31-33). In addition to what Solomon ask the Lord for, God gave him the things he didn’t ask for but needed – riches and honor to validate his correct choice (vs. 13). Your choice to please the master by making yourself available as a willing vessel to be used by our Father makes you favored by Him and His ears attentive to your prayers. Because you choose to do His work on earth He will give you whatever you need to accomplish the task at hand. When Jesus prayed in John Chapter 17, He made specific mention about the power in the Word which we have from the Bible (vs 8) the power in His name (vs 11-12) and being one with Him (vs 23).
Confidence in the things you say or pray about is based upon how much you believe in that very power. All the power encompassed in His name and the authority given to Him has been delegated to you through the Bible. Meditate on the Scriptures to help you believe with confidence of your authority to change things by taking the words written in the Bible and speaking them into existence through your prayers, to all occasions of doubt and especially out loud to yourself because faith comes by hearing (2nd Corinthians 5:18-20, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 10:19).
When you fully understand your delegated power and authority, you can stand on this scripture with unyielding faith and ask knowing that it will be given. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete (John 16:23-24 NIV). Can you start to feel the confidence you are to walk in when believing God for answered prayers?