Solemn request is an exhortation in the realm of effectual prayer where our inward being and outward lips abound with intensive and emphatic expressions that manifest the mind of our desires and expectations, as we mount pressure on the throne room, with regard to conveying the ideas behind our requests to Supreme Deity - by praying in the Spirit and praying with the mind also.
The request is solemn because all the energy of the specified expressions we command in prayer is communicated within the theatre of God's will and supreme court of heaven.
Reference: 1st John 5:14-15 New International Version (NIV)
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him."
The first segment to be discussed today in line with the above versified reference is:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God.
Beloved, confidence is simply an essential recognition from within - that the Lord is able and capable. It is an enthusiastic and enthralling conviction you have in the super-ability of Supreme deity and His authority over all things, and then, your ability to link this attribute to His supernatural aptness in dealing with and fulfilling your specified solemn request.
God is solely dependable. To that effect, anyone who comes to Him must be confident in the truth that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him with all diligence (see Hebrews 11:6 NIV).
Although the versified statement in Hebrew 11:6 started with, "And without faith it is impossible to please God", the confidence we have in approaching God in the place of prayer is a higher dimensional clarification of strong faith in Supreme Deity. Got it? Put in a simpler form, you are not hesitant in attitude of prayer, but rather, you are mettlesome and overfamiliar in your manner of approach towards God (see Ephesians 3:12 NIV). Therefore, we must learn and practise the habit of taking advantage of the confidence we have in God to soar high in the realm of prayer utterances.
In the distant past, I personally empathised with the understanding that confidence in God is a high-priority factor that enhances the effectiveness and quality of my prayer life. Believe me, confidence is like a butterfly in your stomach, well clothed with a validated candour. It is the source of inner strength when things have gone haywire or seem chaotic (see Psalm 27:3 NIV). It shelters from challenging storms and mordant force of entangling doubt, but so far, many people are yet to unravel the mystery behind wearing a customised coat of confidence in the place of prayer.
Interestingly, the slightest degree of doubt and unbelief can affect one's confidence level, especially when the hidden symptoms are not realised on time. Why so? It's because doubt and unbelief are part of the attributes of human nature. Zero wonder Jesus once gazed at His disciples and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26 NIV). Notice the outright and unadulterated phrasal construction, "With man this is impossible..." Moreover, Jesus introduced another realm of intelligence, known as, "With God all things are possible."
Now watch this: If you truly want to receive the "God-kind-of-possibilities", your confidence level - rooted in an "unwavering stability" - is unassailably vital. That means, we climb the stairway to the realm of "All things are possible" through our solidified level of confidence. Stay tuned for part 3. Shalom!