Day 29 “I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more...
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that is we ask anything according to (In agreement with) His will, He hears us. 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
Have you ever been in prayer and suddenly wondered if God was even listening? I would like to show you how to know that God is listening once and for all, but be warned, I am not going to tell you that God will listen to any old doubtful, self-centered prayer that you say to Him. He has only promised to listen to prayers that agree with what the Bible says. The Apostle John says when you pray like that you will know that you have the “petitions” you desire of Him. The word “petition” is defined as, “a formal written request addressed to a sovereign superior,” and that is exactly what you need when you are praying about something serious. How do you put together a solid, Bible-based petition?
First, you will have to roll up your sleeves and dig into the Bible. Find scriptures that apply to your situation and make them the basis for your petition. Second, get in prayer and talk with the Holy Spirit. Let Him help you with the details. The best way to do that is to spend time praying in other tongues (Romans 8:26-27). And remember – He wants you to know what He desires for you. So, while you are praying, listen! Last of all, write it down. Make a formal request by writing down every promise you found. Also, as you are listening to the Holy Spirit for details, write down what He says to you!
Take your time and let the Holy Spirit develop your prayer. Let the truth He gives you begin to work in you. Get your petition firmly in mind. Then, when you are ready, present it to God. After you have presented it to God, be diligent in keeping a guard on your Words…speak only words that come in line with your desires and your petition.
Confession for today: “I have confidence in God, that if I ask anything according to His will, He hears me and I have the petitions I ask of Him.”