“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
God is true to his promises. When one seeks his kingdom, he will provide it. The question we should ask of him as we follow his calling is “How can my life count the most for you?” He gave us free will — he does not compel us to live our lives for him — but when we trust him, seek him, and seek to live our lives according to his word and his plans for us, he shares the kingdom with us.
Our prayers to God are not unlike our requests of men. Our prayers are based in a relationship. When we ask our earthly fathers for something they know will hurt us, those things are denied. A child may be frustrated and unhappy when his father denies his request for something bad, but he still trusts his father. And when a request is for something that the father knows is good for his child, he will provide it willingly and eagerly because he loves his child. This relationship is further alluded to when Jesus follows His promise in John 14:14-15, “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. If you love Me, keep My commandments.” Loving Jesus, obeying Him, and praying according to His will are all part asking in His name.
Matthew 6:8 tells us that God knows our needs before we ask. The point here is to cultivate a relationship through prayer. Prayer is a Christian’s vital breath. A relationship with God is impossible without prayer.
The secret to receiving from God is prayer and obedience. Check your prayer life! You can ask God for anything in the name of Jesus, and it shall be given to you according to His will.
Are you in need of healing? Pray and ask Him to heal you.
Are you in need of strength? Pray and ask Him to strengthen you.
Are you in need of a job? Pray and ask Him to bless you with a job.
Do you get the point? Just start praying; and do so without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
We must also remember prayer is not just all about request. Request is a small portion of praying. A relationship with God is not about getting what we want. Basking in and acknowledging His presence is also a direct correlation to our prayer lives.
When we truly desire God and long to see the Kingdom of God realized in our lives and in the lives of others, when we are passionate to see His will and His work in this world, and we ask for the things that bring Him glory and increase our closeness to Him, He is eager and willing to give us anything we ask for. Sometimes the things that glorify God are pleasant things, like a marriage or a child. Sometimes they are difficult things, like a failure that humbles us or a physical weakness that makes us dependent upon Him. But we must never doubt that when we pray for what is in His will, we will receive it, and that what we receive from Him will always be that which is best.
My prayer for you today is to draw close to God so that He may draw closer to you, In Jesus name, Amen.
Scripture of the day: “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” ~ John 14:14
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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