1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
Joshua prayed with confidence because he knew that God would hear his prayers. God had told him earlier that He was on Joshua’s side. The apostle John also knew the value of approaching God in prayer with confidence.
If we know that He hears us, we know He’ll grant us all that we ask accordingly with His will. To pray according to His will though, we must be daily in His Word, seeking Him. When we’re in close communion with our heavenly Father, we’ll know what we can ask for and expect to be heard. With that, we can ask with confidence.
Knowing that our Father loves us and cares for us makes a world of difference as we approach Him. Thankful hearts, knowing that He hears us, make it all the more likely that we’ll ask according to His will.
———- What are you asking God for right now?
Luke 11:9-10 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
After Jesus had taught His disciples how they should pray (v.2-4), and that they should pray with perseverance (v.5-8), He tells them that if they ask of God they will receive.
If our earthly fathers know how to give us good things, how much more does our heavenly Father know exactly what we need and how to give it to us? We never have to worry when we pray because the Lord is good and He is capable of providing anything and everything.
Luke’s account of this story does not say that God will give “good things” like Matthew’s (Matthew 7:7-11), but rather that the Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him. What better gift could we ever receive from God but the gift of Himself? He is more than we could ever imagine or think to ask for.
The Lord loves to bless His people. He wants us to ask for all that He has in store for us. In the end, it brings Him glory.