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September 12, 2008

I rejoice, because I have perfect confidence in you.

--2 Corinthians 7:16

More than likely, you’d like to pray with more confidence.

If so, remember that to pray with confidence, we must pray with concern, we must pray with confession, and we must pray with conviction. 

What does it mean to pray with conviction? In Nehemiah 1:5-6, Nehemiah prays, “O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant….”

In this passage, Nehemiah is praying with conviction because he knows that his God is in control.

When it seemed like everything was out of control in Jerusalem, Nehemiah knew that God was still on His throne. Nehemiah knew that the Lord would answer his prayer because He was a great and awesome God. Because He was a wonderful God.  Because He was a faithful God. Because He was a God who could meet all of Nehemiah’s needs.

And in just the same way, God can handle any problem in your life. Do you believe that today?

God is bigger and greater than any situation or crisis in your life. And the first thing Nehemiah did is the first thing that you ought to do when you have a problem, a crisis, or a need: You need to turn it over to God. You need to give it to God, not as your last chance, but as your first choice!
When you know God’s place, you can find your place in the work of Jesus Christ. When you know that God is above all and that He has everything under control… and when you know that your place is surrendered under the lordship of Christ, then you can find your place and know your prayers will be answered!


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