“The King said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of Heaven,”
What Do You Want
To be effective, our prayers need to be specific. I covered this in detail in a prior teaching, so I won’t go over those same points I made back then.
But, in order to receive answers to your prayer requests, God has to know exactly what it is you want! I know, I know the scripture says, “God knows our needs before we ask Him,” but let me ask you this…
If you have a child and you know your child wants some special favor or something…you know it is on their mind and heart, do you just pop up and say, “Here, I know you’ve been looking at this bike (or doll or whatever)?”
No…you just go along, watching them admire the bike or doll in the store. You know they want it, but you are waiting for them to ASK. And, when I say ask, I do not mean DEMAND! You know, “MOM or DAD – I want that bike and I want you to buy it NOW.” Yeah – with me, that was one sure fire way to guarantee my kids were NOT going to get it now… amen!
But, if they were looking and looking and hinting and hinting…finally, one day, my daughter may ask, “Dad, do you think I could have that doll?” I’d say, “Sure, I was just waiting for you to ask me.”
Have you done that with your kids?
Well, I’m here to tell you, God is an even better Heavenly Father than I could ever be and far better than you could ever be, mother, father, grandparent, aunt, uncle, whatever. God is FAR better than we are. That would be a good place for you to shout AMEN, right there. Glory to God!
Just go to the Father in the Name of Jesus and make your request be known. Amen. Then, just believe you receive once you have asked Him.
You do not have to keep taking this same prayer request to Him every single morning. Just start PRAISING HIM that He is already taking action to answer your prayer request. Start PRAISING HIM that the answer is on the way and you are thanking Him in advance. Praise God!
As you are praying to Him about your request, though, find some specific scriptures that deal with your request. If it is provision, find some scriptures where God provided provision for someone. If healing, where Jesus healed someone (and there are a lot of those in the Bible, amen)!
Finally, be patient. Psalm 37:7 says, “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” As long as your prayer is in line with the Word of God, we have His promise that He will answer! Amen! But it will come in HIS TIME, not yours.
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