Our pastor shares that there are times when we may have limited access to him. While these times are rare, it is understandable that some things must be given his undivided attention. One of these is his preparation time for bringing the Word to us. While he prepares the next sermon, he turns his phones off. We can dial all we want, but he will not answer.
From his study in his home, however, there are those who still have access to this man whose ties with the outside world have been severed. While we can’t communicate with him, his children need only walk through the door of his study and into his presence.
Did you know that we have that same privilege with our God? His door is always open to His children, and just as our pastor, He is never too busy to hear from us.
When John wanted to list some things we can be certain of, this was one he made crystal clear!
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. (1 John 5: 14-15)
Did you catch that? John didn’t say, “pray hard and loud… maybe God will hear you.” He said ‘we confidently pray to our Heavenly Father’ knowing He hears every word! But wait! It’s better still!
He doesn’t just say He hears us… but that we also have the requests!
I’m sure at this point your awaiting my encouragement for you to begin a list and start petitioning. After all, He promised and we are to confidently approach Him! What goes through our minds when we hear promises like this?
A new high definition television? Maybe a new Porsche? A log cabin on the side of a mountain? Money, power, or fame?
Actually, these kinds of desires should bring more concern than certainties. John threw that little clause “according to His will” in there for good reason. Left to the desires of our ‘flesh’, our petitions will always be self-centered.
John’s lesson here isn’t about our wants and desires. This isn’t even about our being sincere in our requests. We can be sincerely wrong. This is about me wanting His will to be done more than I want my own will to be done. When we come to that place where we only want Him, then everything we expect of Him will be perfectly in line with His will.
We need only look to Jesus to understand how this works. “Father, if there’s any way… let this cup pass from Me.”
There was no other way. Therefore we are not surprised when Jesus adds, “Not My will… but Yours.”
Someone might ask then, “Why pray?” He is sovereign! His will is established and can’t be thwarted.
Two thoughts on this… (1) He established and ordained this method of communication between Himself and His children. It is His will that we pray without ceasing. (2) Through prayer and His Word, He builds the relationship He desires with His children.
Knowing my pastor and his family, I can assure you he doesn’t have to entice his daughter to bother him while in his study. Why? …because she loves her daddy and wants to spend time with him.
We long to want what our Father wants. You’ll be glad to hear this… He wants to spend time with you.