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Confidence in Prayer #472

14  Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (1 John 5:14-15)

Prayer is a great spiritual blessing given to Christians in Christ. Prayer is an action of bold, confident faith in our heavenly Father. He promises to give attention to prayers that are asked “according to His will” (v. 14). You see, prayer is not a selfish endeavor, it is the expression of faith in the Father’s will. This is all the more reason not to be “unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is”, so that we may pray in faith and not doubt (Eph. 5:17; Jas. 1:5). When a Christian prays like Jesus did in the garden (“your will be done”), his or her petition is answered in full measure by the Lord. Remember, prayer is about trusting that God knows better than we do what is best for us. So, whether His specific answer is “yes”, “no” or “not yet”, receive God’s answer with humble thanksgiving. He has heard you and answered you according to His will.

A Soft Answer #451

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 2  The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. (Proverbs 15:1-2)

The words we speak reveal our heart. They can do much damage or much good. Please note that the “soft answer”  is strong to silence wrath when it “uses knowledge rightly”. When angry emotions rule the heart our words become harsh and foolish. Be careful to keep anger out of your heart. Otherwise, harsh and hurtful words will likely come out of your mouth and cause much damage to yourself and others. When someone is angry toward you, make up your mind to answer their wrath with soft words that are chosen by a knowledge of what is right (see James 1:19-20).