I John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any thing according to his will, heareth us: 15 and we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions we desired of him.
I just know that someone out there needs these words today. I just know it. This passage has been on my mind for the last few days. Everyone around me, including me a little bit, seems to be stressed out because they have so much going on and such little time to get things done. Is anyone else feeling a little overwhelmed?
I read my bible and I get overwhelmed by the vast amount of treasure included in its pages. I want to know more of it but I want to know it now. Patience is definitely something I need to work on some more. How did I get off track anyway? Janna, "One thing/thought at a time."... There is so much to glean and remember from the pages of God's word that we really do need to be reminded from time to time of all of the promises therein. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm glad these promises are written down for me to stumble onto from time to time.
So how does this relate to confidence anyway? We can have confidence in God because He always does what He says He will do. We can have confidence in our lives and in our circumstances because our God who always does what He says is always there to listen to us. And, the closer we get to Him, the more we know what to ask and the more prayers of ours will be answered. Now, that is confidence. No more worries about having to control everything going on around us. God has it under control.
Prayer relieves stress if we remember to do it. Why? Please recall what I have mentioned above. We have the written word to remind us that God hears and answers our prayers. How cool! We need to stop worrying, start praying and then start waiting. ( I know, the waiting is not a fun thing)
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say on the LORD.
Wait, wait, wait. There is no picking the short checkout line for us! But just think. If we wait on God to answer our prayers that were asked in accordance with God's will, we will have increased faith and strong hearts. But wait, there is more! (Sorry, had to make a play on "wait")
1 John 3:23 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
Whatsover we ask. If we are walking closely with God, He will draw close to us (James 4:8) and will guide us in our thoughts and actions. The closer we are to Him, the more accurately our prayers will reflect God's will because we will be filled with the discernment of His Holy Spirit.
To think about:
1) Am I trying to do too many things at once? Have I asked the ultimate Multi-tasker for help?
2) Am I trying to help God by doing things in my own timing?
3) Am spending enought time in God's word so that I'm reminded to wait, to pray and to trust?