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Praying With Confidence
3/30/2017

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, Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)

Have you every noticed how you can feel confident about doing one thing, but lack confidence to do another. It’s almost as if we were hard-wired to be able to handle specific things in life, but we can’t do other things with the same confidence or ability — no matter how hard we try.  The end result is we end up putting limits on what we “feel” is feasible. I believe this handicaps us in our spiritual walk as Christian men and women. We have been so bombarded to think this way, we have put improper limits on what we think is possible, and this includes limiting God’s abilities in and through our life.

No place is this more prevalent than in our prayer life. For instance, if we have a small need, such as a head cold, we might feel confident in seeking God through prayer to help us heal quickly. But if we were diagnosed with cancer or some other terminal disease, we might find ourselves anxious and full of doubt, because of the magnitude of the illness — but this should not be because God is more than capable to fully heal both. We need to pray with a confidence to Him, believing if it is His will then it will be done.

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, 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 the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV)

We can clearly see in the scripture above, God is not limited in what He can do within the life of a believer. A good example of this can be found in The Old Testament where we see King Saul’s son Jonathan getting up one morning and directing his armor-bearer to come with him.  Jonathan felt the Lord could just as well deliver the entire Philistine enemy into their hands with only two men, as easily as He could with 600 men — provided it was God’s will (1 Sam 14:1-23).   

Jonathan prays with confidence, and he asks the Lord for a sign to seek His will. God answers this prayer by giving Jonathan the sign requested, and he and his armor bearer soundly defeat every man they fought in the battle. God sent confusion amongst the men they were fighting against so the enemy would eventually start fighting amongst themselves. This story should provide us with a proper perspective of how God has unique plans, and unlimited power to assist us in what He has called us to do. It should also help us to recalibrate any false limits we have entrenched within our brains.

…your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:5 (NKJV)

It’s just as easy for God to heal cancer as it is to heal the runny nose we may have. He can deliver a person from a lifetime of addiction, or free them from the bondage of any vice. Let’s not place limits on God anymore. Let’s abide in the Lord and let Him know we have put our faith in Him and His perfect will for every aspect of our lives.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Corinthians 2:5 where should our faith rest?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself placing limits on what you thought God would do for you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Turn to God today to seek Him in every aspect of your life. Remember as you abide in Him, you can come to Him in a bold confidence through prayer.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for allowing me to come boldly to Your throne of Grace. Thank You for Your healing of my spirit and Your leading of my life. Teach me Your will today…In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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