ASK ACCORDING TO HIS WILL

ASK ACCORDING TO HIS WILL

James 4:2-3 (NKJV) You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

I want us to look at the second part of verse 2 today.  It says “you do not have because you do not ask.”  God has set a plan in place that works through asking.  Asking is what we call praying.  When we come to God, our Heavenly Father, and ask Him for something that lines up with His will, we can have the assurance within us that He will answer our prayer.

God is not withholding from us, but God is much wiser than us.  He knows that if we get outside His will for our lives, it will cause major problems.  I have found that the best type of praying is to make sure that the request lines up with His Word, which is His will.

Too many times, we do what verse 3 admonishes us not to do, and that is to ask with wrong intent.  We want to be blessed and have everything easy.  Unfortunately, that is not how this all works.  Some things in life do not come easy, but God loves us and wants the best for us.  I think of good parents.  They do not give their children everything that they want.  They give them what they know is best for them.

It is the same with God.  He has given us His Word and said, “Ok, this is what is best for you.  Look in this Book and anything that I have said you can have, is yours.”  Does that sound simple?  Well, it is!  Jesus said in Matthew 17:20, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”  But He also said unless we become like children, we will not see the Kingdom of God. 

So today, find out what God’s will is for the prayer you want to pray.  When you do, ask!   

Confession: I am making a quality decision in my life to find out what God’s Word says about the things that I am asking for.  When I find that out, I know that I will have the petitions that I desire of Him.

Today’s Bible Reading

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Genesis 26:17 – 27:46

Matthew 9:1-17

Psalms 10:16-18

Proverbs 3:9-10

Bible in a Year: 365-Day Reading Plan : English | King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Bible reading from Old Testament : Genesis 25, Genesis 26

Today’s Bible reading from New Testament : Matthew 10:1-31

Today’s Bible reading from Psalms and Proverbs: Proverbs 1:20-33

Bible in a Year: 365-Day Reading Plan : English | New Living Translation (NLT)

Today’s Bible reading from Old Testament : Genesis 25, Genesis 26

Today’s Bible reading from New Testament : Matthew 10:1-31

Today’s Bible reading from Psalms and Proverbs: Proverbs 1:20-33