“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1 John 5:14)

Sometimes we pray “Just” prayers. We say, “Lord, we just ask you to protect us, or provide for us … If you’d just help us in this situation, we’d be so thankful.” It’s as if we are saying, “Lord, I hate to bother You with this, but …” It sounds humble, but in reality it demonstrates a lack of faith and confidence in approaching God. Plus it’s not scriptural.

The Bible says,

  • “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).
  • “If our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him” (1 John 3:21-22).
  • “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).
  • “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory … forever and ever” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
  • “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11).

As a redeemed child of God, you can approach your loving heavenly Father with confidence, knowing that whatever you need, He will provide it — and much more!

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank You for using me, as imperfect and flawed as I am, and working Your mighty works through me! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!
Pastor Mike