Ask And You Shall Receive…

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

Jesus: The Finisher!

On Sunday my Uncle John and I were having a deep spiritual conversation about life.

Where are we headed?  What’s our purpose here?

One thing I normally dwell on is marketing.  I love marketing.  I have even started some projects but never finished them.  Got them started, but never kept the momentum going.

Well… that night I asked God to help me finish what I start.

What happened yesterday morning?  Whoa!!!

I read a Prime Time with God Devotional I get via email and it was amazing.

The subject line:  “Jesus:  The Finisher of Our Faith.”

Finisher??  I was just asking God to help me be a finisher.  I must read on I told myself.

The devotion started with a Bible verse and then God REALLY spoke to me.  Here’s what the devotion said next:

“Jesus is the Finisher of Our Faith.  If you are good at beginning new projects, but you are a poor finisher, look to Jesus, the Finisher of Our Faith.”

wow-Wow-WOW!!!  God speaks!  And answers prayers.

We just need to keep looking to Jesus IN all I do and seek his direction.

[Video] Praise & Prayer 2016

Yesterday I went to Praise & Prayer at my church (Grace Church C&MA).  It was my first time going to this type of event and I must say, it was amazing!!  God is doing wonderful things, and just being able to praise our Father in Heaven and say some prayers with a lot of unbelievers could uplift anyone!

It was broadcast live all around the world and it was recorded, so I want to share it with you here.

Around the 58 minute mark you’ll see another video played on the screen… It’s amazing!!


Pray and Do NOT Give Up

The past couple of weeks at church we have been going over a series called, Conversations with Jesus.

Yesterday’s lesson was titled Conversations About Prayer.

It goes hand-in-hand with my previous article about feeling disconnected from God (You can check out the article by Clicking Here).

Here’s the passage from Luke 18:1-8 (NIV).

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.  He said:  “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.  And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

“For some time he refused.  But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming.'”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.  And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?  Will he keep putting them off?  I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.  However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

The first sentence of this passage explains it all, “…to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”

It’s about always praying and to never give up… NO MATTER WHAT.

When you’re feeling down, pray.  When you’re going through a trial, pray.  When everything is going good… You know it… Pray!

Here are the ‘takeaways’ from yesterday’s notes:

  • Remind yourself each day who you are, and who He is.
  • See prayer as an ongoing conversation with the Lord.
  • God’s delays are opportunities for faith to be deepened.
  • Faith is not so much trusting God for something.  It’s simply trusting God.
  • Pray with others.
  • Remember that this is the only chance you have to live by faith.
  • Accept the invitation of Jesus:  “Always pray… don’t give up!”

And that’s the most important one of them all, “…they should always pray and not give up.”

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Keep Your Cool And Pray

So I was going to my Bible Study downtown yesterday, and it was around 10:45am so there wasn’t really any traffic.

I’m driving along and the parking garage is full so I’m driving by the square to go around so I can valet.  Well, I’m at a red light and there’s one car in front of me.  As I’m just waiting there I see a bicycler come up next to my car, put out his fist, and hit my passenger side mirror as he rode by.  WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!!!!

My first thought was to run him over with my car (very nice, David…), but I kept my cool and couldn’t help but think of what Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’  But I tell you, do not resist an evil person.  If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also……. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”

You know, I don’t know what’s going on in that guy’s life, but I can tell you I’m sure he’s struggling with something.  So, what else could I do besides pray for him?

It’s easy to get mad at someone who wrongs you.  But the right thing to do is love, forgive, and pray for those who wrong you.  It ain’t easy, but it’s what our Father in Heaven wants.

The Christian life is an impossible life.  That’s why we need Jesus in our lives.

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” -Luke 6:32-36

Oh, and incase you were wondering, my mirror is just fine.  🙂

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Love Your Enemies & Pray For Those Who Persecute You

Pain hurts.

When someone harms you or says something means it hurts.

We could think that it’s ok to retaliate, but Jesus calls for us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.

“But I tell you who hear me:  Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” -Luke 6:27-28

It’s not easy.  How can you love your enemy?… By God’s strength!

It’s not natural to love your enemies or do good to those who hurt you.  But with God’s strength you can love your enemies and do good to those who hurt you.

For example, I’ve seen video that took place in a courtroom.  The man was found guilty of raping and killing a girl.  The parents of the victim stand and start saying they forgive the man for what he has done.

Wow!  Again, that’s not natural to be able to forgive someone like that.  That’s the power of God working through them to be able to forgive someone who did a horrible act to their loved one.

And, how about when Jesus says to pray for those who persecute you.  It takes God’s strength to be able to do that.

I’ve found that praying for people who wrong you is not only good for them (because God hears our prayers), but it’s also good for our own soul.  It gets rid of all the anger and bitterness in your heart towards that person.

The next time someone mistreats you be kind to them.  Pray for them.  Do good to them.

“But I tell you:  Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” -Matthew 5:44

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The Power of Prayer

Prayer is a powerful thing.

God hears all our prayers. 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” -Philippians 4:6

As you read the above verse, notice Paul says, “Do not be anxious about anything, BUT IN EVERYTHING, by PRAYER and PETITION…”

You can come to God with the biggest and smallest prayer requests.

It’s funny because I know some people who thing there are ‘petty’ prayer requests.

Take last week for example.  I was going to my Bible Study in Downtown Cleveland, and I was asking God for a parking spot.  I don’t normally drive downtown, so sometimes it’s a bit of a challenge, and when I do it’s usually for my Bible Study, and I know parking fills up pretty fast.

So, for me, I become anxious and worry about finding a parking spot.  And, guess what?  God provided… Probably the best spot in all of downtown for where I was going!

Well I was talking with a friend about prayer, and I told him my little story.  He laughed and thought that’s something you wouldn’t ask God for.  He thinks it needs to be serious like praying for health or a sick loved one, not a little itty-bitty parking spot.

But, as Paul says in Ephesians…

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” -Ephesians 6:18

The key word there is ‘ALL kinds.

No prayer request is too big or too small for God.  And don’t ever think a prayer is too silly.  Speak it to God and he’ll listen.

“Be joyful always; pray continually’ give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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