1 John 5:14-15
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his awill, he bheareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we aask, we know that we have the petitions that we bdesired of him.
I love the word CONFIDENCE. It's pretty powerful. Praying with confidence is exercising faith in the Father and trusting His will. That can be difficult to do sometimes. However, I have had several experiences in my life that are special to me where I prayed with confidence and saw the Lord's hand manifested. I will share one that just happened recently.
Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving. Avery's last day of school that week, her class celebrated with a Thanksgiving feast. I was assigned to bring the pumpkin pies to class that day. Earlier in the day as I began to think through the logistics as to how I would drop off the pies, I realized that it was going to be difficult for me to take pies to class with two little ones. How do I carry a baby and a huge pumpkin pie? I can't leave my baby in the car and I can't leave her in the class room. I began to call friends and neighbors to see if anyone could watch my kids while I ran the pie to class. I was out of luck. I couldn't find anyone to help me. I admit that this may not seem to be a big dilemma, however at the time I was overwhelmed and wasn't sure what to do. So, I said a prayer and asked Heavenly Father to send me some help, in whatever way possible so that I could keep my commitments. I had confidence that God would answer my prayer. I wasn't sure how. I didn't need to know how. I just knew that He would provide a way for me to do what was needed. Five minutes before I was scheduled to leave, I received a phone call from a friend that lives one street over from me. She called me and said, "I'm coming to pick up your babies. I'll be there in just a minute." This was a miracle. A real answer to my prayer. How? Well, some how I failed to call this friend and ask her for help. God put the person that I needed in my path just at the right time, when I needed her help. That is a miracle. I didn't have to work out the details and worry about how the help would arrive. All I had to do was pray with confidence that help would arrive, and God took care of the rest.
When I read this scripture I was reminded that God is aware of us. He is involved in our lives. All I have to do is ask, with faith for His help. Having confidence when I ask for His help really does bring peace to my soul because I know that I am not alone. That is such a wonderful feeling to know that a loving Heavenly Father is always available to help us. All we have to do is ask with confidence and help is on the way!