How courageous are you in your prayer life? Do you feel like you can pray with 100% confidence that God will answer your prayer requests? There is no doubt that much of what we pray about we are not sure what God’s will is and His answer may be yes, no, or wait. But did you know that your prayer life can also have a significant portion devoted to absolutely sure requests that will be answered? In 2 Samuel 7 King David was told he could not build the temple for the LORD. However, the LORD promised to build a house for David instead (2 Samuel 7:11). He then explains more details of this great covenant that He would make with David (2 Samuel 7:12-16). And here is where we learn something about a confident prayer life.
2 Samuel 7:25-27 “Now therefore, O LORD God, the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant and his house, confirm it forever, and do as You have spoken, 26 that Your name may be magnified forever, by saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is God over Israel’; and may the house of Your servant David be established before You. 27 “For You, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have made a revelation to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house’; therefore Your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to You.
Notice what I emphasized with bold. Based on what the LORD had revealed regarding David and the future of His house as a kingdom, David prayed those very things back to God and said that He had confidence in asking the LORD to do those things because they were His revealed will. In other words, David could pray confidently because He was asking God to do what He had already revealed He would do. That is the key to much of our prayer lives being filled with confident requests. The more we pray for what God has said He would do, the more we will know the consistent answers to our prayer requests. And in some mysterious way, the sovereign God of all creation incorporates our prayers into carrying out His revealed will. So why pray that God bring about what He has already said He will do? Because you can be part of the advancement of God’s purposes-that is why. So are you praying confidently? Are your prayers filled with what God has said He will answer yes to?