23 “Truly[a] I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.
7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Recently I was talking to God, and I asked for something, not knowing whether it would actually happen or not. It was just my desire and I shared it with God. A few days later my prayer was answered with a yes.
Now we all know that yes is not always God’s answer, but it was this time, and for me it was huge! Although it was something simple, it is going to make a big difference in my life. What I learned from this, is that we don’t know what
God’s answer will be when we ask for something, our job is simply to ask. He takes care of the answer, as well as the when where, and how. So many times we come to God tiptoeing and fearful, or just sharing our hearts honestly and asking for what we really need or want. Remember, He already knows what we need before asking. He loves for us to come to Him and ask because when we ask it is an act of faith. It is saying that we know that He has the power and the ability to meet our needs and our desires. When we ask we are also saying that we believe and trust Him.
When a child goes to his/her father and asks for something, there is never a doubt about whether or not they will receive what they ask for. They ask fully expecting to receive, exactly what they ask for. They believe and they trust. It is no wonder that God says that unless you come to Him as a child, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. It is their innocence and their ability to trust and believe without question, that pleases the heart of God. We must trust and have that same type of faith, and expectation that a child has when we pray. When we bring our petitions to God, we must remember that He is our Father, and just as our earthly fathers want to bless us with good things, so does our Heavenly Father.
If you do not have a consistent prayer life, I encourage you to make a decision today, to start communicating with God. It will truly change your life for the better!
Here are a few things to consider when praying:
1. We must ask. It’s never too small or insignificant to come to God in prayer over. If it matters to you, it matters to God.
2. No problem or concern is too small or large for God. In a crisis remember, that God is far bigger than any problem that you or I could ever have.
3. Don’t assume that God won’t answer your prayers. Every prayer is always answered in one of three ways. The answer may be waiting, or yes, or even no. Have faith and know, that even a no is what’s best for you. God will only do what is best for you.
4. Trust that God’s timing will be what’s best for you. He is always right on time.
5. Trust God’s judgment on how He chooses to answer your prayers. Answers don’t always come in the ways that we expect, but again they will be what is best.
6. Make praying a daily habit. Talk to God regularly throughout your day. He is your best friend and He loves to hear from you.
Have a prayerful and joyful day!