“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15 New International Version
Believers come to a fork in the road when they are dealing with what to ask God for. Some feel, despite what scripture would indicate, that they can ask for whatever pleases them and receive it in the name of Jesus. Others understand that God is not a Genie in a bottle, but rather our Heavenly Father who has promised to meet all our needs. That typically doesn’t include our wants, however; the Lord may give us what we insist on to teach us a lesson. The truth of the matter is that God knows exactly what we need and with pinpoint accuracy, knows exactly when we need. As it turns out, it rarely seems to be when we feel we should have it.
Notice that John focuses not on our will but the will of God. Our desires will begin to line up with God’s desires for us the more time with spend with him in his word. Feed your spirit man daily and you will best be able to utilize the gifts and blessings the Lord has placed at your disposal.
If we ask according to what we know to be God’s will for us then we can have confidence that we will receive an answer. Having confidence in God is something that is based on faith and trust. Over time it also involves an accumulation of answered prayers and non-coincidental circumstances. It’s a simple equation: God knows what he’s doing and we do not. Wouldn’t it be much better to listen to him the first time, rather have having to learn the same lessons over and over again? Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.