Come with Confidence
When we know that love is what God is and that he delights in us in the same way as good mothers and fathers enjoy their children, we can come to him with confindence, knowing that he will listen to our prayers and answer them. Jesus reminds us of this:
           'When you pray, go away by yourself, all alone, and shut the door behind you
            and pray to your Father secretly, and your Father, who knows exactly what you
            need even before you ask him!'  (Mettew 6:6,8 Living Bible)
    I like the way Jesus reminds us that our Heavenly Father knows our secrets and that he also knows exactly what we need before we ask him. This mans that we can pray with an expectation that God will not only listen to us, he will help us in the way which is best for us at any given moment.
    It also means that we do not have to pray long prayers. The Jews used to think that if their prayers were long and loud, God would answer them more quickly. But Jesus made it clear that praying like this is unnecessary:
           "When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think that they will
            be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows
            what you need before you ask him.'      (Matthew 6:7,8)

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