Confidence in Prayer Jim Stegall
Updated: Mar 10
"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16)
Throughout my 14 years as a Christian and 10 in ministry, I have noticed an unmistakable trend that it is easy to doubt the many aspects of prayer. Does God hear them? Does he care? Will he answer? Have I done something wrong to cause him to not answer? As the writer of this article, I must confess that I have not been immune to questions such as these, and I assume you haven’t been either. Scripture shows us, however, that God, as a Father, does care about the things we bring before him in prayer.
In his first letter, Peter encourages us to cast all of our anxieties upon God because he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). What a privilege! The twists and turns of life can be overwhelming and distracting, but amidst all of it, God beckons us to draw closer to his heart in full assurance of faith, knowing that we are turning to the one who loves us more than we could fathom.
Just sentences after telling us that "no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account," the writer of Hebrews tells us to "with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:13, 16) God sees every aspect of our lives, even the most hidden thoughts, and yet he still desires that we come before him with confidence. Rather than hide in shame over our imperfections and sin, he wants us to know that we can rest in his love as we draw near.
God does care about you. He cares about the things that are on your heart and wants to relate to you around them. Even if all of those questions in the first paragraph have run through your mind today, be comforted in knowing that you have a Father who is head-over-heels in love with you. He wants to care for you amid of doubt or confusion, and he is a safe space for you. Pray, knowing that the one to whom you pray is all-ears. Cast your cares upon him, because he cares for you.