Please Read James 1:5
How encouraging to know that when we don’t know what to do we can ask God for wisdom and he will give it to us liberally. We get perplexed at times but we’re not left in despair. (2 Corinthians 4:8) God tells us how to receive from Him what we ask for in prayer.
Please Read James 1:6-8
God says when we ask for wisdom (or anything) we must ask in faith, not doubting at all. We must not be double-minded. People like that are unstable in all they do, and God is not particularly fond of them. Double-minded folks won’t receive anything from the Lord. They are two faced (wishy-washy). One minute their for the Lord, the next minute for Satan’s world. Revelation 3:16 says that lukewarm, halfhearted people are vomited from the Lord’s mouth. Imagine that. We definitely don’t want God to feel that way about us. So let’s resolve in our hearts and minds to be 100% for the Lord. Not halfhearted. Then we can freely come before Him unashamed, asking Him for anything.
Please Read 1 John 5:14-15
God says we can have full confidence that whatever we ask for in harmony with his will, he hears us. And we know that just as hears us we have whatever we ask of Him. What great assurance that is; to know that our Father will do whatever we ask Him. But I think sometimes we forget the part where he said, “according to HIS WILL.” Sometimes our desires do not line up with God’s will. This doesn’t mean that our desires are evil. They may not be what God wants for us at the present time. Will we patiently trust God; knowing that he knows what’s best for His children? And sometimes our prayers are so selfish that God will not answer them with a, “Yes.” (Read James 4:3)
Let’s review keys to receiving whatever we ask of God in prayer:
•We must ask in faith, not wavering at all.
•We must ask Him for things that are in agreement with His will.
Psalms 37:4 says if we delight ourselves in the Lord he will give us the desires of our heart. What confident hope for those who enjoy serving God! These people all come to know God’s will or his heart. Jesus reveals the Father to them. (Luke 10:22) As their relationship with God grows their desires change and grow too from, “what I want,” to, “what God wants.” They find themselves praying more often for things that are in harmony with the will of God, and less for selfish pleasures. They have come to know their Father. (Romans 12:2) And they have acquired the mind of Christ, which is selflessness. (1 Corinthians 2:16 Philippians 2:5-11)