Confidence In Prayer
By Harold Vaughan
The Bible instructs us to approach God with boldness, or confidence: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). The word “boldly” speaks of frankness, bluntness, and assurance. It conveys the idea of confiding in God – having confidence in God.
The confidence protocol is a requirement for us in approaching God. Timidity is not humility. Far from impressing our Father, shyness and sheepishness insult Him and hinder prayer. God loves it when His children esteem Him highly enough to pray with confidence and assurance. Enough of this doubtful trepidation in prayer. We have the scriptural authority to confidently enter the holy place through Jesus’ blood. We have “boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus” (Heb. 10:19). Jesus’ atoning death has torn the curtain that separated man from God. The way to God is now open, available, and accessible. God invites His children to come to Him with complete trust.
To walk on water we must get out of the boat. All the disciples were in the ship when a terrible storm arose. As the winds and waves crashed all around, here came Jesus, walking on the sea. The disciples were terrified, but Jesus revealed His identity and told them to stop fearing and take heart. Peter was the only disciple who had the courage to ask Jesus to invite him to come toward Him, walking on the water (see Matthew 14:28). At Christ’s bidding, Peter climbed out of the boat and walked on water. It required courage and conviction for Peter to ask such an impossible request. But it took incredible confidence to take that first step.
This is the type of praying that pleases God – praying that places full reliance upon Him. Bold praying like this disregards the wind and waves. Confident praying dares to look beyond our immediate surroundings and circumstances. We must learn to approach the throne of grace with courage, certainty, and assurance. Through faith we can confidently approach God, “in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him” (Eph. 3:12).
Unbelief is serious – it limits God. The children of Israel grieved, provoked, tempted, and limited God through their unbelief. “...They turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel” (Psa. 78:41). R. A. Torrey said that “faith is ‘taking God at His word.’ Faith is not belief without evidence. It is belief on the very best evidence, the word of Him who cannot lie (Titus 1:2).” The Bible is filled with encouragements for us to believe God. He is delighted when His children trust Him. He invites us to come with boldness. It is our confidence in God that secures His mercy and grace. Deliberate faith in God’s faithfulness also secures His power.
If we look around, we will be discouraged. If we look to people, we will likely be disappointed. If we look inward, we will be depressed. But when we look to Christ, we will be rewarded. Let us approach the Lord with confidence.
– Condensed from Approaching God’s Throne – Biblical Protocols For Prayer by Harold Vaughan. Copyright © 2019 by Harold Vaughan. Used by permission of Christ Life Publications. christlifemin.org