When we sense we are living in obedience to God it is easier to pray with confidence and come boldly to the throne of grace. But what should I do when I have sincerely confessed all known sin (last week’s tip) and still have a vague sense of guilt robbing me of confidence in prayer?
I John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
Do you think the fog of doubt and fear come from God or somewhere else? Exactly. Satan is the ‘accuser of the brethren’ (Rev. 12:10) God does not give a spirit of fear (II Tim. 1:7).
When the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, He is specific, He is firm, He is persistent but also gentle. He is not out to condemn but to give us freedom and draw us back into unhindered fellowship with God. What to do?
James 4:7,8 7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
By faith and the authority of God’s word, claim the victory. Give thanks for the cross of Christ and that His shed blood cleanses you from ALL sin. Praise God that Satan is a defeated foe, that Jesus is Victor over him and you are free from his oppression and lies. (Heb. 2:14,15)
Then go on praying with renewed assurance…always listening for His leading…with much praise and thanksgiving.