Week 40 (Day 4): Praying To God With Confidence

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Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)
16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Letters to God

One time, small children were asked to write a letter as prayers offered up to God. They talked […or wrote] to God freely about their feelings. They do this with sheer confidence.

  • Dear Lord, thank you for the nice day today. You even fooled the T.V. weatherman. [Hank, a boy of 7 years old]

  • Dear Lord, do you ever get mad? My mother gets mad all the time but she’s only human. Yours truly, David. [Eight years old]

  • Dear Lord, I need a raise in my allowance. Could you have one of your angels tell my father? Thank you. [Another boy named David, but 7 years old]

Then there was a boy trying to get asleep for the first time by himself in his room:

  • Dear God, are you there? If you are, please don’t show yourself. It will scare me to death…

Steve Farrar, author of books said once regarding prayer: Prayer is essentially a child’s groan to his Father.

Sometimes a child’s prayer may shock a grown-up or even make them laugh. But they continually remind them that their confidence in the One whom they pray to should be the condition of a grown-up’s heart. This is what the Book of Hebrews reminds those who would read the fourth chapter.

The chase

E. M. Bounds, a man who wrote books on prayer told of a peculiar story of a deer that was involved in a chase. It illustrates how it found confidence in the one who could save it from danger. The story goes this way…

“A dear friend of mine who was quite a lover of the chase [A chase was a Western past time many years ago wherein they hunt animals for sport], told me the following story: ‘Rising early one morning,’ he said, ‘I heard the barking of many deerhounds [a breed of dog] in pursuit of their target. Looking away to a broad, open field in front of me, I saw a young deer, making its way across, and giving sign, moreover, that its race was exhausting. Reaching the rails of the enclosure, it leaped over and crouched within ten feet from where I stood. A moment later two hound dogs came over, when the deer ran in my direction and pushed its head between my legs. I lifted that little thing chest-high and, swinging round and round, fought off the dogs. I felt, just then, that all the dogs in the West could not, and should not capture that deer after its weakness had appealed to my strength.’ So it is, when human helplessness appeals to Almighty God. Well do I remember when the hounds of sin were after my soul, until, at last, I ran into the arms of Almighty God.”

  • Taken from The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer

END

Jesus reminds his friends…

Matthew 7:7-11 (NLT)
7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead?
10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not!
11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.

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