Happy Monday everyone and welcome to another week on the Faith Filled Friends! Today I have a verse to share with you; 1 John 5:14-15. Prayer is such an important part of our lives as Christians. Its how we communicate with God. Sometimes we might wonder if God hears our prayers, we may not see answers to our prayers right away and wonder if God is listening. Maybe you have been praying for something or someone for a long time and God hasn’t answered your prayer in the way you thought he would. This passage encourages and reminds us that we can come to God in prayer with confidence. We should never doubt the power of prayer.
1 John 5:14-15 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.
It is a privilege to be able to come to God and ask him anything. He wants to know what is on our minds and hearts. Just like any other relationship, openness and communication is integral. When it comes to our relationship with God, it’s no different. Just like this verse says, when we come and ask anything according to God’s will, he will hear us. God will always hear and answer our prayers. The answer isn’t may not always be yes and we would like. Sometimes God may tell us no or wait. We might think we know what is best for us, but the truth is God knows even better! We must remind ourselves that God is in control of our lives.
Maybe you have been praying for a friend who has been sick for a long time. This is the case for a friend of mine at church who has been sick for a number of years now, with an undiagnosed illness. The whole church has been praying for him for a number of years and yet he remains sick. Does this mean God isn’t listening to our requests? No, of course not. God hears all our prayers and all we can do is to be obedient in prayer and trust God’s perfect will for His life. Just like I said before, God knows what is best for us.
I want to encourage you to be obedient in prayer. Remember we can approach God with confidence when we pray. We shouldn’t doubt whether He will hear us or not. He loves us and will always listen to our requests. God may not answer our prayers in the way we want, but He will answer them according to His will. May we continue to trust God to answer our prayers perfectly. Let’s continue to present our requests to God, with the assurance that He will hear us.
I thank you Lord for the gift of prayer. It is a privilege to be able to come to you with our requests, hopes and burdens and lay them down before you. Thank you that you hear our prayers and answer them according to your will and not our desires, because you know what is best for us and have the perfect plan for our lives. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Josh Clarke- The Faith Filled Friends