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InTouch 04-29-04

  • 2004 Apr 29

In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley

April 29
In Touch Daily Devotional

Praying With Confidence
1 John 5:14-15

One questions reverberates through the heart of nearly every Christian at some point in their faith walk: If God knows everything about me, why do I need to pray to have my needs met? God has specific reasons for not using His omnipotence to respond to our desires and hurts without those things being shared.

God encourages us to pray in order to build an intimate and personal relationship between Himself and us. In other words, He is interested in much more than meeting our needs; He also wants to become our source of strength in every trial. We know from experience that developing a friendship with someone takes a commitment of time. Our quick three-minute prayers - while valuable and important for maintaining a continuous stream of "fragrant incense" before God - are not enough to sustain a personal connection with our heavenly Father.

The Lord wants us to acknowledge Him as the source of everything. Turning our prayers toward God and trusting that they will be answered in His will and timing strengthens our recognition that we can accomplish nothing without Him. In the Christian life, our dependence upon God grows in direct proportion to our spiritual maturity. Such a concept runs contrary to our nature and culture, which prizes independence above all.

We are privileged to have access to an omnipotent God who desires to share a Father-child relationship with us. Could He meet our needs without a single word from us? Of course. But then we could never know the wonder of asking and receiving in love.

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