Praying With Confidence (1 John 5:14)

This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.

1 John 5:14 (KJV)

The will of God is revealed through the Word of God. Through the Word we know that it is God’s will for His kingdom to be made manifest on earth as it is in heaven. Naturally this heavenly reign includes healing, deliverance, soundness, our needs being supplied, and everything that is necessary in order for us to fulfill our calling and our purpose in Christ. And so when we pray, let us approach God with the confidence that as we pray according to His will, it is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom. And may our hearts rejoice knowing that God is looking for each of us to be instruments and vessels through which His will may be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

Jesus Gives Us Rest (Matthew 11:28)

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 (KJV)

These words of Jesus remind us that when we come to Christ, we are invited to enter into rest. Jesus gives us rest because He is our sufficiency, and through His finished works we have full and complete access to the boundless riches and beauties of the kingdom of God. And so whatever your need may be today, be sure to take it to the Lord, fellowship with Him, and thank Him that in Him your need is met. Faith gives us access to all that the grace of God has already made available.

Placing Our Faith In What Jesus Has Already Done (2 Peter 1:3)

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

2 Peter 1:3 (KJV)

The moment we gave our lives to Jesus, we have been given all things that pertain unto life and godliness. This means that anything and everything we could ever need during our life right here on earth, God has already made it available by His grace. We are being called to glory and virtue as we place all our faith, trust and reliance in the finished works of Jesus. When our faith is purely in what Jesus has already done for us, we will see the fruits of our salvation showing up as peace, wholeness, success and fulfillment in our day to day life.

Teach Me To Do Your Will (Psalm 143:12)

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

Psalm 143:12 (KJV)

This powerful verse reminds us that the only way we are able to walk in the will of God is by His grace. We must continuously look to the Lord so He may teach us to do His will. As we meditate on this, we are creating the space within us for the Holy Spirit to bear witness with our spirit, thereby leading us into the land of uprightness. And we enter into this land not by our own actions or efforts, but much rather through placing all our faith, trust and reliance upon the finished works of Jesus. The more we look to Jesus, realizing we are already upright in Him, the more will He teach us, day by day and moment by moment, to reflect who we are in Him into our world.

Grace Builds Us Up (Acts 20:32)

And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

Acts 20:32 (KJV)

Grace will always build us up, whereas religion tends to pull people down. While religion is all about what we must do in order to earn favor with God, grace is all about what Jesus has already done for us. Each day our practice therefore must be to remind ourselves, to confess, and to thank God that He has already made available anything we could ever need. As we remember our identity in Christ—that we have been made righteous and every whit whole in Him—we open ourselves to receiving the inheritance grace has already provided.

Placing Our Faith In What Jesus Has Already Done (2 Peter 1:3)

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

2 Peter 1:3 (KJV)

The moment we gave our lives to Jesus, we have been given all things that pertain unto life and godliness. This means that anything and everything we could ever need during our life right here on earth, God has already made it available by His grace. We are being called to glory and virtue as we place all our faith, trust and reliance in the finished works of Jesus. When our faith is purely in what Jesus has already done for us, we will see the fruits of our salvation showing up as peace, wholeness, success and fulfillment in our day to day life.

Teach Me To Do Your Will (Psalm 143:12)

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

Psalm 143:12 (KJV)

This powerful verse reminds us that the only way we are able to walk in the will of God is by His grace. We must continuously look to the Lord so He may teach us to do His will. As we meditate on this, we are creating the space within us for the Holy Spirit to bear witness with our spirit, thereby leading us into the land of uprightness. And we enter into this land not by our own actions or efforts, but much rather through placing all our faith, trust and reliance upon the finished works of Jesus. The more we look to Jesus, realizing we are already upright in Him, the more will He teach us, day by day and moment by moment, to reflect who we are in Him into our world.

Return Unto Thy Rest (Psalm 116:7)

Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.

Psalm 116:7 (KJV)

Our soul returning to its rest means that we are confident that God has already supplied our every need. This confidence has nothing to do with circumstances or conditions, nor is it dependent upon how we may feel emotionally; much rather is it the outworking of what we know to be true! We find rest for our souls when we stand confidently upon the Word of God, when we know that God truly has dealt bountifully with us. It is out of this place of rest, out of this quiet assurance, that we will see the goodness of God showing up in our lives.  

Praying With Confidence (1 John 5:14)

This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.

1 John 5:14 (KJV)

The will of God is revealed through the Word of God. As we look at Scripture through the lens of the new covenant and the finished works of Jesus, we know that God’s will is for His kingdom to be made manifest on earth as it is in heaven. This includes healing, deliverance, soundness, our needs being supplied, and everything that is necessary for us to fulfill our calling and our purpose in Christ. And so when we pray, let us approach God with the confidence that as we pray according to His glorious will, it is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom. And may our hearts be set upon the truth that God is looking for each of us to be the very instruments and vessels through which His will may be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

God’s Love For Us (1 John 4:7-9)

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

1 John 4:7-9 (KJV)

God loves us as we are, along with our flaws and shortcomings. And it is God’s love for us that compels Him towards wanting to mold us and shape us more fully into the image and likeness of His Son. Yet every single one of us must learn to receive God’s love, and to then live out from it. The more we receive it, the more we can share it. And so as we look towards this Easter weekend, let us remember that everything that God has done for us through the finished works of Jesus Christ is rooted in His indescribable and perfect love for us. In fact, the Bible says that in this was manifested His love towards us!