Asking With Confidence
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” I John 5:14-15
My dad traveled some for work when I was a kid, and when he was traveling, we would talk to him on the phone. There were times I was excited to speak to him and other times when I was not so thrilled. If it was casual conversation I was excited, but I did not look forward to the times when I found myself in trouble. In those times, my dad would speak to me and lay down the law, and my mom would execute that law in physical form. Even though my dad was hundreds of miles away, I still feared him and knew he was just a plane ride away.
When I was doing well, I would ask my dad to bring me home a souvenir. Usually souvenirs are mementos of the place one has visited, but I somehow parlayed these into more extravagant gifts of things I wanted. I asked for everything from a bat and a ball to expensive baseball cards. I would like to say this tradition stopped as I got older, but even now when he travels for work, I still ask for things and the stakes have increased.
I remember waiting for my dad to exit the plane, and I couldn’t wait to get home to see what he had for me. I had all the confidence in the world he would get me something, and I was equally excited to see him as I was to receive the gift he brought. He would open up his suitcase and hand us the goods and a lot of the times it would be what we asked for or even better. I was not shy to ask my dad for things, and he was willing to oblige as long as I was not in trouble.
As a kid, I often displayed the same childlike faith as I would ask my Heavenly Father for the things I wanted to see Him do. My requests ranged from flying in an airplane to seeing my neighbors come to Christ. I prayed with confidence knowing that my Father heard my prayers, and I knew He had the power to change things. As I have grown older, I sometimes try to wrestle on my own the things I am challenged with and don’t pray as I should. I struggle at times to find that confidence I had as a kid, and I sometimes pray for things that in retrospect, I am glad He did not agree to. I know God is willing that no one should perish so I know I am praying according to His will when I pray for the salvation of others. I am grateful that He hears my cries and answers according to His good will. There is such joy in seeing prayers answered and seeing God work in your life and in the lives of others.
What do you need God to do in your life? What burden are you carrying that you need to give to Him? Who in your life needs salvation? Are you praying according to God's will or are you asking for things to fulfill your own lusts and desires? May we not lose confidence in our God, and may we ask for wisdom to pray according to His will. God will hear the righteous if the righteous will pray for the will of God.
Stay in the fight!