Thoroughly Confident (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 355)
1 John 5:14 (NLT)
And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.
It is comforting to know that we can talk to God at any time about anything and be confident that He is always there to listen. We can ask God for anything that we want in life and He has promised that He will give us those things that are in His will for us to have. God is like a good parent. He doesn’t give us all the things we want. He gives us the good things He knows are best for us.
God is not a vending machine. You don’t just put in a few quarters or dollar bills and out comes the thing you select. If God answered every single one of our prayers, we would be like spoiled children. If you’re a good parent, you don’t give your kids everything they ask for. You give them what is good and best for them. God is the same way. Because He is wise in all of His ways, He can see the end of our lives from the beginning and give us what is best at the right time.
As humans, we tend to get a bit presumptuous at times and begin to think that God should answer our prayers just the way we ask Him to. Imagine if two people in the same city have applied for the same position at the same company and pray for God to bless them with the job. God can’t answer every prayer because one person will get the job and the other one will have to keep searching. It is important to pray for God’s will to be done.
Notice the last phrase in 1 John 5:14, “we ask for anything that pleases him”. This means when we prayer, our attitude and heart should be receptive to whatever God’s answer is. Sometimes, when we pray, we tend to hold on to our requests, hoping, and really worrying, that it gets answered in exactly the way we want it. But God wants us to make our requests known and then release it so that we are gratefully receptive for “anything that pleases him”.
“A triune God would call us to converse with him . . . because he wants to share the joy he has. Prayer is our way of entering into the happiness of God himself.”
— Timothy Keller