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How to Pray with Confidence

By Frank King

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4, NIV). I echo the sentiment of the psalmist. It blows my mind that you and I can communicate with the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth, and that He is mindful of our prayers. Moreover, prayer was His idea, not ours. He was so interested in having conversation with us, that He came up with this thing called prayer so we could communicate with Him!

When we pray, we should not just go through the motions and hope something happens, but we should pray with confidence, knowing that we have connected with God and that He will grant us our requests. Accordingly, John was inspired to write these words: “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” (1 John 5:14-15, KJV).

This passage reveals that in order for us to be confident that God hears us, we must pray according to His will. The best and most reliable resource we have for knowing His will is the Bible. Hence, I don’t believe we can pray effectively when we are ignorant of the Bible. Note, I did not say we can’t pray when we are ignorant of the Bible, but we won’t be effective in our prayer life when that is the case. For instance, I have heard believers pray publicly for things that go counter to the will of God as revealed in Scripture.

Also, the passage above says that if we know God hears us, we know that we have what we asked for. Of course, there is some duration of time between when we ask God for something and when we receive from Him. In fact, it can be a very long time. But according to this passage, we don’t have to wait until we actually receive from God to call it a done deal; rather, it is as good as done as soon as we have prayed according to His will. That’s the kind of confidence we should have in prayer.

The above passage should be important to us because it has to do with us asking God for something, and in turn receiving from Him. In other words, prayer is the vehicle that God has given us for making our requests known to Him. He knew that in this sin cursed world we would have needs, so He has provided us a way to receive from Him whatever it is that we need.

But did you know that it’s possible for us to live godly lives that are obedient to God and still miss out on receiving from Him? One reason is that we fail to pray. The Bible says we have not because we ask not (James 4:2). Another reason is that we pray but we are wishy-washy in our prayers: “Let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord” (James 1:7). I conclude, then, that to be confident that we will receive from God, we must live in obedience to Him, be committed to prayer, and pray according to His will.

Copyright 2011 by Frank King. All rights reserved.

Frank King is a former church pastor. He is currently an evangelist and an author. Frank holds a Master of Theology degree. Through the grace of God, Frank has been blessed to cross cultural lines in his preaching. Website: http://www.efrankking.com

Blog: http://wwwefrankking.blogspot.com/

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