Tuesday, March 6, 2007
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.
It is my firm conviction that some Christians today don’t have God’s provision, God’s healing, or God’s blessing in their lives because they have not asked for it.
I am not saying that God will give us everything we ask for. But I am saying that many of us are going through life missing out on many of the things God has for us. The Bible says, “You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2).
Some Christians pray only as a last resort, when everything else fails, after they’ve called all their friends and all their relatives. When no one can help them, they say, “What else can I do? All I can do now is pray.” Prayer should not be a last resort. It should be the first thing we do.
As the old hymn says, “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saints upon their knees.” The devil doesn’t want you to pray. He will do everything he can to keep you from it, because he is afraid of the power that can be exercised through prayer. He whispers, “Don’t pray. Try this. Try that. You are not worthy to pray. God won’t hear your prayers.” He will do anything to keep you from approaching the throne of God.
Prayer is a privilege that is given to the child of God. God will hear the prayer of an unbeliever who calls out to Him for forgiveness, but only a person who has put his or her faith in Christ can have a prayer life. So pray with fervor. Pray with energy. Pray continually. Don’t give up, because you never know what God will do.
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