Do you know that God would like for us to be confident? If you are born again, I have good news for you. That good news is his Word itself.
Ready to receive the good news? So, let’s go! Let’s start with the good news of the apostle John in chapter 16, and we’ll consider that which Jesus teaches us in verses 23, 24 and 26.
v. 23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
Already here, on the foundation of that verse alone, our hearts rejoice, and our confidence should increase also. But let’s continue and examine verse 24:
v. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
In that verse we could think, at first sight, that Jesus is repeating the same thing because the disciples are a bit slow of understanding… But rather, in reality, it’s that He is adding an important element: “so that your joy may be full.” That element alone demonstrates God’s will for us: God wants us to be completely joyful. That’s His will for us, which means that, by intelligent deduction, we are made confident that we will receive ALL that we ask for!
Let’s now look at verse 26:
v. 26 At that day, ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you.
Jesus reiterates his invitation to use His name in our requests but this time, He also tells us that His name is sufficient to touch the love of the Father and that He no longer needs to pray instead of us.
We can be confident that the Father Himself loves us because we love Jesus (v. 27). Isn’t that good news?
We understand, in the first place, that Jesus gives us a legal power of attorney to use His name and the authority that His name comprises. Secondly, we understand that it’s the will of God that we obtain ALL that we ask and thirdly, we understand that He wants us to be full of joy. That’s the God of love that we serve!
Those verse changed my life 24 years ago. They made me confident!
Confidence, assurance, or faith—it’s all the same thing—and faith begins where the will of God is known. And the more His will is known, the more we approach His throne of grace, before God, with confidence to obtain all that we need. You could read Hebrews 4:16 and that’s exactly what it says.
As I am writing these lines, I hear the thoughtless and irrational voice of religion telling me “but you have to ask according to His will…” as if His will is hidden, inaccessible and mysterious. Perhaps you hear that voice also. Silence it with the Word that we just examined.
Here once again is 1st John 5:14-15:
v. 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any thing, according to his will, he hears us
That verse has been mis-taught so much that many believers have stagnated in their life, thinking that what they were asking was not the will of God. But the author of those verses is the same John whom the Spirit of God used to teach us that the will of God, that which He likes, that which He cherishes to the highest level, is that we approach Him with confidence (with faith). So, let’s be confident! In other words, it’s His will that we ask with faith, with assurance, and He hears us!
v. 15 And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
God likes us to be confident, and those verses demonstrate just to which point He wants to give us all that we need, above all that we can imagine, dream or think. Let’s then be confident and receive so that our joy can be full!
Rev. Louis Viens