How can I have confidence in prayer?

Question: “What is confidence in prayer and how can I have confidence my prayers will be answered?”

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As we get the Word of God into our hearts, we realize just how much God loves us and wants to bless us. As we draw closer to God, we gain a better understanding of what His blessings entail and why we can become confident that God will answer our prayers. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).

Some of the greatest foundational words in Christendom include Trust, Faith, Believe, and Hope. If you look up the definition of these words, you will find one word in common. That word is Confidence. Confidence and confident appears 47 times in the King James and is derived from persuade.

I love the word confidence as it embodies trust, faith, believe, and hope in God and what He has said in His Word. It becomes a confident certainty that God will fulfill His Word. That whatever I may pray, if it entails His will, that He wants me to have it. My loving heavenly Father is on my side.  It is His desire to provide my request.  As long as I am not hindering God with doubts or sin in my life, I will receive my request from God at His perfect timing.

And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive (Matt. 21:22).

Many have confidence that God will provide but they lack patients to wait upon God and quickly start to doubt (often with the devil’s help) and their doubt kills their confidence and blocks God’s blessings of answered prayer. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord (James 1:6-7).

It is better to trust the Lord than to put confidence in princes (Psalm 118:9).

If I am praying in the will of God, I can have complete confidence that He wants me to have what I have prayed for and that if I don’t block God with my doubts or sin, in His perfect timing, I will receive.

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