Good Morning and Happy Wednesday! I don’t know about you, but here is Dallas it has been raining [pouring] since yesterday afternoon. And it’s still raining. And it is supposed to keep raining ALL day. In a weird way I kind of like the rain, even though I would much prefer snow at this time of year. It’s relaxing to snuggle up inside while listening to it come down. Going outside is a slightly different story, seeing as I am immediately soaked while walking from my front door to my car, but for nom I’m inside cuddling with Samson. Great way to start off my Wednesday. Anyways, I was reading in 1 John again this morning [which is an awesome book by the way] and came across this passage…
“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 know that we have what we asked of him.”
1 John 5:14-15
When we pray, we can’t just ask God for any and every thing we want, expecting him to give it to us—just because we asked for it. Instead, the emphasis here is on God’s will being done above and before our own. The first thing we need to do is align our will with God’s will for our lives. It can’t just be about what we want. It has to be about what God wants for us. Once our will is aligned with God’s, and we pray for those things within his will to happen, we can expect God to follow through with an answer. We can expect him to hear us, and be certain that he will answer. We can be confident in our prayers.
This is something I struggle with. I feel like when I ask God for something in prayer, I’m not always confident that he will follow through with an answer. I hope that he will, but not truly confident. This passage was encouraging to me because it reminded me that I can go boldly before the throne of God in prayer, and if my will is aligned with his, I can be certain of an answer.
Pray with confidence. Expect God to follow through on his promises in your life.
Hope you all have a great rest of your day! God Bless:)