1 John 5:13-15
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
Last week we talked about studying the word of God and this week we are focusing on prayer. The two things are connected. Scripture gives us the will of God. In Scripture we have 66 books inspired by God covering the beginning of time until the end. God’s character, love, grace, justice, and much more is revealed. The nature of God’s creation, especially people, is revealed. Further, God’s redemptive plan is revealed as well.
Most of the time we don’t need a unique and special word from God, we have so much of God’s will revealed to us in Scripture and the more we know of Scripture, the more we will understand God’s will. This is at least one reason we study God’s word. Our understanding of God’s will, not ours, is what is to inform our prayer. That doesn’t mean there is some kind of pressure to be perfect in how we pray. There is no punishment or consequence for praying something that is not according to God’s will. Instead, we approach God with confidence. You can pray for anything you want, you will not convince God to do something that isn’t according to His will, but when we pray in accordance with God’s HE WILL HEAR US!!
Sometimes we hesitate to pray, we are scared to pray the wrong thing. That should not be the case, be confident.
What are the things you hesitate to pray about? What are the things you think are too small to pray about? Pray those things today.