Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

How do you pray with confidence? How do you know if God will answer your prayers? Four key words answer this question:

Abiding is the key to successful praying. In John 15:7, Jesus states,

“If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you will and it shall be done for you.”

Colossians 3:16 says,

“Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you.”

Abiding means you want to stay as close to Christ as possible.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:7-8,

Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For every one who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks it shall be opened.

We can ask God for anything and He listens – He will answer. Ask specifically!

Someone has said when we get to heaven we’ll find a lot of unopened gift packages with our name on them because we did not claim them through prayer.

In Matthew 21:22 we read,

Everything you ask in prayer, believing you shall receive.”

Faith, which is an attitude of believing, pleases God. With Him, all things are possible. Remind yourself of this verse when you pray.

If you are abiding in Christ and you have asked and believe, get ready to receive the answer. In other words, when you pray for rain, carry an umbrella. John 16:24 says,

Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be made full.”

Remember these four words to pray with confidence:

  • abide,
  • ask
  • believe
  • receive

Father, teach us to pray with confidence. To abide in Jesus, to ask, to believe You will answer our prayers and to be ready to receive Your answers. Amen.

On my good days I begin my morning with a cup of coffee and a conversation with God.  I look ahead into the day and make my requests.  I am meeting with so-and-so at 10:00AM.  Would you give me wisdom?  This afternoon I need to finish my sermon.  Would you please go ahead of me? 

Then if a sense of stress surfaces during the day, I remind myself, Oh, I gave this challenge to God earlier today.  He has already taken responsibility for the situation.  I can be grateful, not fretful.

The Bible says,

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7

Casting is an intentional act to relocate an object. As you sense anxiety welling up inside you, cast it in the direction of Christ.  He is moved by the sincere request.  After all, is he not our Father?