Today's reading: I John 5
And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
I John 5:14 NRSV
What kinds of requests and petitions should we be making to God?
According to today's scripture, we have three guidelines in helping us know for what we should pray.
The first is our boldness in Christ. In believing Christ, we have life. This life is what helps us to love one another. This life also gives us assurance and confidence to approach the throne of grace at all times and in all occasions.
The second is that we must ask anything. Nothing is too small or too insignificant to pray about and petition God. Just go ahead and ask God. We don't have to wait for a major request to pray.
The third is the rest of the second guideline: according to God's will. We ask anything according to God's will. However, do any of us really know God's will? We may think we do and we may strive to do God's will (hopefully we are all striving to do so). However, I don't think any of us truly know God's will. That said, I believe that it never hurts to go ahead and pray. Ask. Anything. And know that if it is God's will, God hears our request.
Let's try this now!
God, we approach you with boldness today. We want to ask you: _____________________________. We know that if it is your will, you will hear our petition. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims