July 20, 2006

 

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us….

--Ephesians 3:20

 

Effective and sincere prayer puts us in the position to receive what God desires to give us! God wants to give us good and wonderful things. He wants to bless our lives because He loves us!

 

But as Christians, we need to pray and make ourselves ready to receive His gifts. We can ask God for anything that is within His will, according to Ephesians. And when we do, God is able to do abundantly more than we could ever even hope for Him to do!

 

We must keep this in mind as we pray. Prayer is not pointless; it isn’t just a religious exercise that we perform. Prayer, in a sense, is like reporting for daily duty. It’s asking God “what would You like me to do?”

 

The book of James says, “You do not have, because you do not ask” (4:2). This implies that we can receive so much more from the Lord if we just ask Him for it. James also says that the prayers of a righteous man accomplish much (5:16).

 

Prayer puts you in a position to receive what God has for you. Today I challenge you to report for duty and pray consistently…expecting God to answer you! 

 

“YOU DO NOT HAVE, BECAUSE YOU DO NOT ASK.”