May 11 Praying with Confidence

Scripture reading: 1 John 5:13–15

Key verse: Hebrews 10:35

Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

Too often we approach prayer and worship like a child entering his first day of school—very tentatively. That certainly is not the concept of prayer and worship presented in the Scriptures. Like a proven champion, the believer should exude confidence in his rapport with God: “This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14).

Perhaps one reason for your hesitancy is your uncertainty over what is God’s will in a given situation. You want God’s direction; you seek to obey Him. But how far should you go when you don’t have the path clearly marked? You may not always know God’s will in a particular circumstance, but you can still pray with confidence when you are willing to do the following:

  • Let God have His way. You work and act in a specific manner, but You are ever ready to change course. God knows what is best for you, and you accept His plan, even if you disagree.
  • Glorify Him more than obtain your answer. Your chief purpose is to honor God. Whatever route exalts Him—not just blesses you—is the path you seek to walk.
  • Praise Him regardless of the outcome. You can confidently give thanks in all things, knowing that God is in control.

Dear Lord, search my heart and reveal my true motives. I want to glorify You more than just obtain answers to my problems.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 138). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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