1 John 5:14-15
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.
We are confident... Confidence comes from experience, personal or otherwise.
I know that I used to be nervous when my husband and I first started leading worship because it was in front of a lot of people. But with experience (aka: the more I did it), I realized that the world didn’t end if I messed up, so my nervousness eventually faded into confidence. Confidence can be learned, and it’s great!
Confidence can also be gained through someone else’s experience. A child might dive off the high dive at the community pool after first seeing others do it without perishing.
Jesus’ personal friend, John, assures all Believers that God hears and answers our prayers because he found his prayers to always be answered. So that means 2 things: One, God heard him, and two, God answered him.
If John ever prayed with no response he could assume that God either didn’t hear him or just didn’t bother to answer him or both. But since John is CONFIDENT about this, it must be that time after time, without fail, he’s been receiving what he’s asked for in prayer. So, God heard him and did something about it. It’s a certainty. John definitely wants us to know that God hears us and gives to us too. I can assume his confidence same as I can assume the confidence of the high diver who dives before me.
I love the Lord because he hears my voice
and my prayer for mercy.
Because he bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath!
When people who love and trust God pray, God answers them. Sometimes, I am too specific in my ideas for a solution when I pray, but the One who loves me and hears me doesn’t ignore me. He truly does give me what I’m actually seeking.
When someone prays to get well, don’t they really mean they need God to sustain them? When a broken car needs fixing, isn’t the actual need to be able to get to work. Would a commuting buddy or a new found love of public transportation also be an answer to the same prayer? Yes.
God ALWAYS meets the needs behind our prayer requests. Always. I confidently know this. He will give us what we ask for when we love and trust him. We just need to recognize it!
Thank you for bending down to hear me. You certainly don’t have to, but you do. And I appreciate that about you so much! Thank you for always answering the need behind my specific prayer requests. Never, ever have I regretted entrusting a worry or a problem to you. You always help me and your solutions are truly imaginative and infinite! You’ve done it so many times for me that I can be personally extremely confident in you now just like John. Thank you so much! I love you and praise you in Jesus’ name. Amen.