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In John 5:14, 15, I read a very wonderful word:

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

It is necessary that we find our bearings in this Word. There is nothing that will bring to you such confidence as a life that is well-pleasing to Him. When Daniel’s life pleased God he could ask to be kept in the lion’s den. But you cannot ask with confidence until there is a perfect union between you and God, as there was always perfect union between God and Jesus. The foundation is confidence in and fidelity to God. Some people think that Jesus wept because of the love that He had for Lazarus, but that could not be. Jesus knew that these people who were around the grave, and even Martha, had not come to the realization that whatever He would ask of the Father He would give Him. Their unbelief brought brokenness and sadness to the heart of Jesus; and He wept because of this. The moment you pray you find that the heavens are opened. If you have to wait for the heavens to be opened something is wrong.

I tell you what makes us lose the confidence is disobedience to God and His laws. Jesus said it was because of them who stood around that He prayed; but He knew that He heard Him always. And because He knew that His Father heard Him always, He knew that the dead could come forth. There are times when there seems to be a stone wall in front of us, as black as midnight, and there is nothing left but confidence in God. There is no feeling. What you must do is to have a fidelity and confidence to believe that He will not fail, and cannot fail. We shall never get anywhere if we depend on our feelings. There is something a thousand times better than feelings, and it is the naked Word of God.

~Smith Wigglesworth