When our sons were young my husband and I taught them to memorize a passage of scripture to help them know the importance of trusting God. It was also our hope to help them learn from an early age the value of bringing everything to him in prayer from that place of confident trust.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
In the process, it was also our desire to help them understand prayer … that although God wants us to bring everything to him in prayer (Philippians 5:6), praying with confidence isn’t about transaction: “I pray and God answers my request.” Prayer is part of the relationship we are building with God – how we converse with him on a daily basis. It’s part of our fellowship with him, like the intimate relationship between a loving parent and child.
Your confidence in God is built as you not only learn to trust him by bringing all your concerns to him, but in listening to him and in asking him for his wisdom and heart. How does he look at the situation? How can you discover a little more about his passion and love in the process (Matthew 7:7-11)?
How do you pray with confidence (1 John 5:14-15)? As a child of God, you can come boldly into his presence (an instant audience with the King of King and Lord of Lords!) with whatever need you have on your heart. You don’t need to set an appointment or stand in line. He is ready to spend time with you. Becoming more and more aware of that instant access to your heavenly Father who loves you also helps build your confidence in knowing he hears you. And as you acknowledge him, he will direct your paths in accordance with his will. – by Judi Brandow, Communications Specialist