Who hasn’t suffered from a lack of confidence at some point in their lives? For me, it’s happened way more than I would like to admit. I recently read a book about becoming more courageous and self-confident. I will be providing a review of the book on June 11. So stay tuned for that. But this morning before I could I shake the slumber from my eyes, the phrase, and this is the confidence that we have, was resounding within my mind. In my state of unconsciousness, a dialogue was already taking place.
And the echo of those words was still speaking as I shuffled my feet around the block for a quick morning walk. But more was added to those words. This is the confidence that we have if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. Oh yeah I have heard that passage before but before getting to engrossed in my morning routine, I was sure to jot the phrase down and then later search for this particular passage of scripture.
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 knowthat we have what we asked of him. I John 5:14-15
No Confidence in Self
God and church have been a part of my life from birth. Yet there are times even with all the Christian lingo I have heard, I lack confidence in my ability to pray effectively. While I know He does not require lofty language but I’m guilty of feeling like someone else is more effective at communicating with God than I. One such person in my life is my older sister. She’s what I call a prayer warrior. Her and God are tight. But as I said in Saturday’s Selah: Believe, I have been compelled to examine by true beliefs.
Truth is I don’t always know what to pray. Truth is sometimes the sickness, trouble, and heartache I hear about overwhelms me and I feel inept in offer those affected by it hope.
The Source of Confidence
And wouldn’t you know God in his kindness He reminds me that my confidence in prayer is not to be found in my ability to muster up the right words or my ability to produce the change others seek. Instead my confidence comes in knowing:
1. That God is attentive to what I say.
2. I don’t have to guess what His will is because He left his will in the Word.
3. When I pray His Will (which is His Word) I have what it says not because it immediately manifest itself naturally but because He says so. And He is not a God that lies.
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