This may seem like an obvious point to bring up, but when reading God’s word it makes it so clear that we should have confidence in God…
Over and over and over, we read in the Scriptures how God constantly and consistently came through for His people. Not only does God move powerfully, but He does what we would call impossible…
Think of God’s provision of Noah and his family when He covered the earth with a massive flood. Or God’s deliverance of Israel by parting the sea when the Egyptians were closing in rapidly. Or God bringing victory through David when he faced Goliath. How about God giving Abraham a son when it was thought to be impossible because of him and his wife’s age. And the greatest of all, conquering sin through His son Jesus Christ and raising him from the dead to make a way for us to be reconciled with Himself.
This brings me to the main point that I want to get to today, that is, as Eric Ludy put it , “There’s a big difference between believing God can do something, and having the confidence that He will do it.”
I know this from personal experience, and I know this plagues countless other individuals as well. For whatever reason there’s a disconnect, we believe God can do what we’re praying for, but we don’t have the confidence that He will actually do it. One reason why this is so prevalent is because we don’t feel we know what God’s will is on the matter. As a side note, let me make this very clear, God is not trying to hide His will from you. He gave us His word, the Bible, filled with things all about His character and will for us.
Here’s the thing though, the enemy will do anything to discredit and lessen your faith in God. Here’s a common line used by the enemy, “Well that applied to their situation, but yours is different, because of ___________(fill in the blank), you can’t expect God to actually do that in your scenario.”
The last thing I want to touch on is this, if you don’t know what you’re praying for is in accordance with God’s will, first ask Him for wisdom. As it says in James 1:5-7, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”
God will show you His will, but it takes faith, if you read the last part of that quoted verse, you’ll see that it says “ask in faith, nothing wavering…” and if you waver in your faith, “let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” If you feel you’re wavering in your faith, ask God to increase your faith. He is a good God with great and precious promises, and we must begin by crying out to Him to do in us only what He can do.
Friends, we must have faith, we must have confidence, and we must believe that God is consistent, faithful, and delights in answering our prayers. The only question now is, will you seek to be in such an intimate relationship with Christ that you know the will of God, and will have the confidence to pray it forward until it’s accomplished, even if it seems impossible?