Sunday, January 14, 2018

Ephesians 3:12, Hebrews 10:19, 1 John 3:21 NIV 2011

In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy place by the blood of Jesus…

Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God.

 

Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus restates what he wrote to the Corinthians, 2 Corinthians 3:4. “Such confidence we have through Christ before God.” They were not confident in themselves but rather confidence came through Christ. Hebrew’s author made a similar statement as Paul when approaching prayer; at the cross Christ gave believers access to the Father. Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence…” John assured believers whose faith was grounded in the finished work of Christ could be confident their prayers were heard and answered. Confidence is a human element of believer’s prayer.

 

Lacking confidence in my younger years, the closer I walk with Jesus I’m assured He’s always with me. Philippians 1:6, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” He’s not done with me yet. He’s consistently refining and designing me. The Holy Spirit guides my prayers instilling confidence even when I do not know who or what to pray for in the middle of the night.

 

How does confidence help us pray?

 

Confidently praying daily,

S

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