Praying with Confidence

“…the one who prays correctly never doubts that the prayer will be answered, even if the very thing for which one prays is not given. For we are to lay our need before God in prayer but not prescribe to God a measure, manner, time or place. We must leave that to God, for he may wish to give it to us in another, perhaps better, way than we think is best. Frequently we do not know what to pray as St. Paul says in Romans 8, and we know that God’s ways are above all that we can ever understand as he says in Ephesians 3. Therefore, we should have no doubt that our prayer is acceptable and heard, and we must leave to God the measure, manner, time, and place, for God will surely do what is right.

…We are to come to God in simple faith, remaining on the straight road, trusting him, and yet setting him no bounds.

…God sometimes delays, but He always comes.” – Martin Luther, from Table Talk, featured in Devotional Classics (HarperOne)

“Jesus answered them, ‘Have faith in God. Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.'” – Mark 11.22-25 (NRSV)

Lord – forgive me for not praying with confidence; for putting boundaries and limitations upon you. Thank you that you always hear my prayer and that in your time, you will always, always come. Amen.

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