1 John 3:22
“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”
When we say that something is a game-changer, we are saying that something changed the whole playing field for good or bad. When trying to make a deal, learning about one thing becomes a game-changer in determining whether or not you are going to make a deal.
My wife and I recently have been looking for a house to purchase. There was one house not far from the church that we both wanted to look at to determine if it was the house we wanted to purchase. The pictures they presented of the house made the house seem like the perfect house. The distance from the church made the house more alluring to us. The amount of property the house had also made the house very appealing. However, when we went to visit the house, we noticed the floors in the house sloped in different areas of the home which told us that the house had foundation problems. The knowledge of the foundation problems became a game-changer in that we never again considered the house as an option to purchase.
In the Christian life, certain things become game-changers for the believer. The verse above is a game-changer for every believer. God says, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him…” What an amazing promise this verse is for the believer. However, the thing that makes this verse possible is found in the previous verse when it says, “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.”
Confidence is the game-changer for the believer’s prayer life. The believer will only have confidence in prayer when they do right. You will notice that the believer gains confidence that God will answer prayer “because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” Staying away from sin gives the believer the confidence they need that the LORD will answer their prayer.
Moreover, doing right gives the believer the confidence that God will hear and answer their prayer which gives the believer the confidence to ask in faith. The prayer of faith is more easily prayed when you have the confidence that God will hear and answer your prayer.
My friend, the answer to gaining a confident prayer life is acquired by doing right. The more you do right and serve the LORD, the more confidence you will have to ask God in faith for the needs you have to do His work. Doing right always changes your desires and the type of prayers you will pray. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” When you delight in God by doing right, you will find the desires of your heart will be changed to having a heart that desires what God wants; thus, you gain confidence in prayer that God not only hears your prayer, but that He will also answer it.
Do you lack confidence in your prayer life? Remember that confidence gives the believer confidence to ask in faith. You will only gain the confidence you need to pray in faith by keeping God’s commandments and doing those things that will please the LORD. Sin places doubt in the believer’s prayer life, but righteousness always gives the confidence needed to pray in faith. If you will do right, you will find the confidence you need to pray confidently to God.