Having believed on Christ, committing the destiny of our immortal souls into His gracious hands, and having taken up the cross to follow after Him, we may then pray with confidence.  Strong faith is certainly a gift of God, but it is attainable for even the weakest Christian.  Once more, having believed on Christ, and gained a comforting assurance of our salvation, we may then be sublimely confident that when we pray according to the will of God, He will hear us.  Is not this how our Lord taught us to pray?  “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.”  He taught us not only by word, but by His own holy example.  When He confronted the horror of the cross, the terrifying reality of being made a curse for His people, He pleaded with His Father that that cup might pass from Him.  But He appended to that petition the words, “Thy will be done.”  It was the Father’s will that Christ suffer for the sins of His people, and therefore, knowing that He must drain the cup, our Lord boldly went forth to meet His enemies, submitted Himself to be apprehended, and finally nailed to the cross, where He bore the full wrath of God against our sins.

Thus should our prayers be.  We must confess to God when we come that often we lack wisdom, and know not what to pray for as we ought.  We must be cognizant that often we are just foolish enough to pray for some blessing, for no other reason than that we may consume it upon our lusts.  Being thus aware of our own weaknesses, we ought to hasten to add to all our petitions the words of our Saviour, “Thy will be done.”  If we can pray this way in faith, we may then have perfect confidence that the Lord will hear us.  It may be He will not answer our prayers in the way that we intended them.  But if we are praying for spiritual blessings and guidance, praying that He will in His mysterious providence work all things together for our good, then we can know that, however He may orchestrate the affairs of our life, He is indeed working matters for our eternal good.  He did not answer us as we may have wished, not because He was deaf and could not hear, but because as a wise Father He knew what was best for us, and gave us the bitter medicine rather than the unhealthy treat.  When we can arrive at this position of Christian maturity, then we may pray with an abundance of confidence in our gracious God, knowing that whatsoever He does is right and best, and for our ultimate good.

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