Alright here we are in Day 2 of the “31 Days of Prayer Verses and Quotes”.
Yesterday we talked about HOW we know that God heard our prayers, and today we are looking at WHAT that means.
1 John 5:15
And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him.
Think of a time where you had to approach someone about an important topic (maybe your spouse, friend or even boss) and consider the different approaches you could take depending on if you thought your voice would be heard or dismissed.
- you have confidence in your voice and your viewpoint.
- speak in authority
- lack confidence in your voice
- question yourself
Confidence in asking makes a difference in HOW we ask and WHAT we ask. No request is too small or too large for our God.
Having the confidence in knowing that we are heard allows us to claim the power God has waiting for us in prayer.
” we know that we have what we ask of him.” NIV
Let’s look at this part of the verse in some other versions.
AMP: “we [also] know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted to us] the requests which we have asked from Him.”
NLT: “we also know that he will give us what we ask for.”
MSG: “and if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours.”
Does this mean that a raise at work, new house, new car and free beach vacation we pray for is ours as long as we’re confident and bold in our request?
Most likely not. The good news is though, the things that we do ask for that are in His will, are the very things He already has waiting to give us. Being aligned with God in prayer allows us to ask for things he already plans to give us.
Prayer is less about a gift being given to us, and more about a door being unlocked for us.
“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” – Mother Teresa
1.As you pray today, be bold and confident in knowing that because you are in Christ, God not only hears you, but answers you. So approach His throne in confidence and visualize your prayer as unlocking a door of power and potential, instead of unwrapping the gift you asked for.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
Until tomorrow… Blessings sweet friends!