Read: Matthew 7:7-11

Do we have the confidence in prayer when we ask God for something? Is your prayer very passive and ritualistic? If you desire that your prayer be answered, keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you. Matt 7:7 says, “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 he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Again 1 John 5:14-15 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” If you ask anything according to God’s Will, He will grant it. Our God is our Heavenly Father. Even if our earthly father fails us, God has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He will hear our prayers and supplications if we sincerely ask Him. In His opportune time, He will answer our prayers and give the best for us, His children.

Jesus taught His followers to pray with confidence. Jesus said, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matt. 7:11). Good things necessarily do not mean a Porsche car or a 5-star luxury apartment. Our Heavenly Father can grant us good things needed for our sustenance. He will grant us all things necessary for our spiritual and physical wellbeing. And when He gives us His best, His peace is the assurance that we have the Lord’s best for us. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7).

Also, the Bible clearly says to pray without doubting. If you doubt, you won’t be able to receive anything from God. James 1:6-7 says, “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.  For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” Therefore, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). Jesus our great High Priest is able to sympathize with our weaknesses and answer our prayers. So let us be confident in our prayers that God will do what is best for us at all times.

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