The Key That Unlocks Prayer

1 John 5:13-15 (NIV)
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
On a scale of one to ten, how confident are you when you pray?  Oftentimes we don’t feel overly confident when approaching the Lord.  We don’t trust Him enough.  We don’t believe that He really is good and loving.  We’ll come to Him with petitions and prayer requests and we believe that He can do anything.  We just doubt that He is willing.
John tells us that we can have confidence, through Jesus, that God the Father hears our prayers.  Not only does He hear them, but He answers them according to His will.  There are two things we need to know when it comes to answered prayer.
First, confidence is different than arrogance.  Confidence means that we trust God to do what is best and we know that He will do what is best.  Arrogance is to make demands of God as though He owes us something.  God doesn’t owe us a thing!
Second, we need to align our wills with the will of God in prayer.  We need to submit our will to the will of the Father.  Jesus gave us this pattern in the Garden of Gethsemane.  He prayed that the will of the Father would be done and not His own.  When we seek God’s will first, we’ll find that our prayers are answered.  The key to prayer is not to make demands of God, but to humbly surrender to His will.
PRAYER: Father, help me to seek Your will today.  Help me to have a better understanding of what You are doing in my life and in Your world.  I want to surrender to Your leading and Your will today.  Amen.

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