by Dr. Charles Stanley
Wednesday January 11, 2006
Learning to Pray With Confidence
Prayer is the Christian’s most powerful God-given means for affecting change. Yet we often feel unsure about our appeals to the Lord.
The first basis for our confidence in prayer is the knowledge that we belong to God’s family (John 1:12). When we receive Jesus as our Savior, God becomes our heavenly Father. Because of this, we can be absolutely sure He will hear our prayers (Matthew 6:6).
A second reason for assurance is that we are praying according to God’s will. This idea often seems perplexing, so let’s look closely at it. We know certain things are never in God’s plan, such as lying, cheating, and actions prompted by pride, malevolence, or rage (Proverbs 6:16-19; Colossians 3:8). And insignificant matters like which colors we wear or commonsense decisions like wearing a seatbelt are left to our discretion. But what about desires falling in neither category?
- To know God’s will, our spirit must be submitted to God (James 4:7). In advance of His answer, we have to release our grip on the outcomes we want and be willing to say “yes” to His plan.
- We study the Scriptures, where God’s general will is revealed through commands and principles (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- We must depend on the Holy Spirit to help us pray in agreement with the Lord’s purposes.
Believer, change your praying from timid to bold by aligning your prayers with God’s will and remembering He wants to say “yes” to His children.