“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.”–I John 5:14-14 (NKJV)
No one wants to be rejected when making a request. Yet most, if not all, of us, have never received all that we have petitioned of God. What is the solution? First, we must find out what God’s will is, and we find it in His Word. Second, we must know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God never denies Himself. The Father never says “no” to Jesus because Jesus never asks anything not in accordance with the will of God. We need to learn this principle to receive our desires from God. Knowing this provides us with assurance, confidence, and elimination of doubt. Third, we must rest in the fact that requests according to God’s will always get God’s attention. Fourth, because we do not doubt that He hears us when we ask of Him what He has already willed, we confidently know that what we requested is on its way to us. Our Father never denies Himself.
One of the wisest decisions I ever made was to stop going to God with every little thing that came to mind. Most of it was never realized, and it was affecting my faith. I thought, “Surely if I cannot get Him to give me the little stuff, there is no chance that He will give me the big request.” With that kind of attitude, one could find oneself no longer making petitions. Satan knows that when we don’t ask God, He will probably not sovereignly give us what we don’t ask for. The key for me in changing this attitude was to go first to the Word of God, locate His will regarding what I desired, and then boldly march into the throne room as a child of the King and say, “You said when we as natural parents are reminded of what we said, we seldom, if ever, do not honor our word.” Amen?