Eyes of Love
We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
Most of us probably aren't used to getting the things we ask for. How can we have confidence that God will hear our prayers? How do we know he will answer when we ask him to remove our shortcomings?
The apostle Paul wrote, "Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes" (Ephesians 1:4). God's primary goal is to make us holy, that is, to paint his character into our lives. Looking through the eyes of love, he already sees us as we will look when his work is done. Then he works out his goals for us in the arena of everyday life. The Bible tells us: "God's discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness" (Hebrews 12:10). We can be sure that our holiness—the removal of our shortcomings—is God's will.
The apostle John wrote, "And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for" (1 John 5:14-15).
It is clearly God's will to have our shortcomings removed. And he has promised to give us anything we ask for within his will. Therefore, we can have full confidence that God will remove our shortcomings in his time.
We can ask with confidence because God looks at us with eyes of love.