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This is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.
— 1 John 5:14 (AMPC)

I want to encourage you to be filled with confidence as you approach God in prayer. God wants us to enjoy prayer and that won’t happen as long as we are afraid of making mistakes. He promises to hear us and answer if we have prayed according to His will, but what if we ask for something that is not His will? We do need to pray according to God’s will to the best of our ability, but we should not allow the enemy to ensnare us in so much fear that we are afraid to ask God for the things that are on our hearts.

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The worst that can happen if we pray outside of God’s will is that we won’t get what we ask for—and that will be for our ultimate good! God knows our hearts and He will not become angry if we make a mistake and ask for something that is not His will. We don’t need to approach Him with the fear that we might make a mistake or that He will not be pleased if we ask for too much.

I usually will ask God for what I want and need, always sticking to His Word as best I can, and then say, “God, if anything I’ve asked for is not right for me, then I trust You not to give it to me.” Go to Him in faith, with boldness, expecting to receive His answer.

Prayer Starter: Father, help me to be bolder and more confident as I pray. I know You’re always ready and willing to guide me and provide what I need. Thank You for making a way for me to come to You with my needs, and for being faithful to answer my prayers. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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