Pray with Confidence

Basic things in which a Christian must know includes prayer life. One must understand that there’s only one God and He should be the center of our everyday life. But in order to do that we must reach out to God first and invite Him to work on us. Matt. 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things shall be added unto you”. In this verse, we have the confidence that God will bless us, but we must always prioritize Him.
Prayer … this is our way of speaking and listening to God. Prayer shouldn’t be a one way road, but both must contribute. God knows what we need and what our hearts desire but He always wanted to hear all these things from us, He always wanted to know us, to talk to us. God wants to bless us.
Rev. 3:20 “ Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
Now that you know the fact that God wants to bless us, you may ask, “How should I pray?” or “ How often shall I pray?”
There are a lot of ways of communicating with God. He is a very understanding and loving God that whatever You say to Him, He will always listen. You don’t need to use special words or codes or memorized prayers. You just need to be open, honest and straightforward.
However, praying seems to be so hard for us to do. Most of us have trouble finding time to pray. We’ll say I need to do this and that. There’s job and friends and household chores and everything we can think of that can cause us not to pray. Praying always seem to be an impossible luxury. In these times, we will just pray and remember God in times of troubles and hopelessness. We are sometimes discouraged to pray thinking that God is not answering our prayers. We are not confident that God hears our prayers.
Today, I would like you to meet my Prayer Inspiration. He is a not-so-popular-character in the Bible but his impact to me changes the way I see praying. His confidence that God hears and answers prayers will remark to us. In times that we are being impatient of the blessings we’re asking of God, Jabez’  prayer will help us understand that God is faithful and will remain faithful in loving and blessing us.
1 Chronicles 4:10
“And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.”
Who is Jabez?
Jabez’ character will only be seen in this book of 1 Chronicles. He was not as popular as Paul or Peter but his heart is as well as courageous as them.
His name means ‘sorrow and pain’. His mother called him Jabez because she had a hard time bearing him during her pregnancy. Even though Jabez wear a name of sorrow and pain, his life has been a reflection of confidence, trust and strong faith.
If you are using the Lord’s Prayer as your prayer guideline, I would like you to consider Jabez’ prayer. In the book called Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson, the author had fruitfully explained how this prayer has changed his life.
Jabez’ prayer is a prayer of dependence, trust, and sincerity. Your words in prayer is not as much important as your heart when you pray. God knows what we need and what we want, but He patiently waits until we ask Him to give us those and gracefully He will fill us.
Our prayer life reflects our confidence on how our God provides. Remember that God promised to never leave us nor forsake us and that if we’ll ask He will give.
Pray with confidence, pray with your heart and trust God’s answers.
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