“Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask; because we do what pleases him.” 1 John 3:21-22 (NIV)
” . . . if our hearts do not condemn us . . .” If our hearts are clear, we are right with God. We can have answers to our prayers because we have done what makes Him smile. However, if we harbor unkind thoughts, it is our responsibility to present them to God and let Him take us through the healing process.
“. . . we have confidence before God. . .” We can go without fear before the Father’s throne knowing He will hear us, accept our requests, and act upon them. We don’t have to cower in fear before God.
” . . . receive from him anything we ask. . .” We know He will answer according to His will. Sometimes, His answer is not what we have asked for but what He sees best for the circumstance.“. . . because we do what pleases him.” When we choose to follow God in obedience, He allows us to have rich answers to our prayers. These answers are according to His will and not necessarily ours.