Ask and you shall receive…
Jesus mentions many times in scripture that if you ask for anything in his name that it WILL be given to you.
“Ask and it will be given to you: seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” -Matthew 7:7-8
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” -Mark 11:24
But what exactly does he mean? Can I just ask for a million dollars, really believe it, and he’ll give it to me?
Well, not exactly…
You see, when you read the Bible as a whole you get the whole picture.
Take what Paul says in Romans 8:5, “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”
Jesus even said in John 15:7, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”
When you live for Jesus and the Spirit lives in you, you’ll be asking what the Spirit wants for you, not what you want for yourself. You’ll be in line with God’s will for your life.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” -Romans 12:2
When you renew your mind with the Spirit, you are aligning your life for what God wants for you. So you will then be asking what he wants for your life!
You’re living for HIM, not yourself.
Have your mind set on what the Spirit desires and God will give you everything you ask!
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” -Psalm 37:4