Monday, May 4, 2009

What Are You Praying For?

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17)

"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." (Mark 11:24)

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" (Matthew 7:7-11)

"Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss..." (James 4:3)

"And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, He heareth us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him." (I John 5:,14,15)

In an earlier post, I quoted E. M. Bounds. The beginning of that quote stated, "The goal of prayer is the ear of God....."

Every time we speak audibly or silently to our Father, we are praying. Maybe it is just praise for something beautiful we have experienced with our senses.

A moving piece of music we have heard with our ears that has lifted our spirit and our mood....
A beautiful sunrise or sunset... a rainbow, a baby foal kicking up its heels across a meadow, something we have seen with our eyes....
A delicious food we have just tasted on our tongue and it is "a slice of heaven"...
The soft, smooth and fresh skin of a new baby, or the sweet kiss from the lips of the love of our life, something we have felt by our sense of touch...

Maybe it is a plea for strength and courage as we face a moment in our day where we experience our own lacking or a stab of fear...

Maybe it is a shout of gratitude for having achieved victory in a previous request that we had been quietly waiting on the Lord to see it done....

Maybe it is a long suffering, repeated petition for God to do something, to bring about results, to sew something up that has been torn, to tie up some loose ends that have been left hanging...

And maybe it is just a heartfelt, deeply cherished expression of love, telling our Abba how very much we treasure Him, and want Him to know our heart and soul's feelings that we cannot physically express to Him.

Whatever we are talking to God about, we always strive for His ear to be listening. We always want to be sure that our heart is in good standing before Him and that we are invited to come before Him and have His good pleasure to speak before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

How are your quality times with God?

When you approach Him to talk and share, are you believing that He is waiting and open to your heart's language? Is your conscience and spirit clear, knowing that your earthly relationships are acceptable and approvable in His all-seeing and all-knowing power? Is your heart shrouded with secret bitterness or sullied with hidden anger from your past that you really need to unload? Are your requests and desires being laid at His feet with HIS WILL and answers as your desire, and not your will and plans?

We are reminded by the disciple James that there are many times we ask, and do not receive, because we ask amiss. We are asking with the wrong motives, the wrong desires, even the wrong requests!

What are you praying for? Make sure that your true goal is for God to receive the glory in your answer, and for you to receive His good pleasure from your heart's position before Him as you ask. May we all seek to do a quality check on our soul as we get ready to have our daily intimate time with our Father.

Before I speak any words from my mouth, pouring out all the desires that come from my needs and walk here on this earth, may I scan my heart and see if there is anything that would displease or dishonor my Father and cause my requests to be "amiss."

Confess and be cleansed first. This should always be our greatest desire before we open our mouths to speak. His ear is open to those whose heart is perfect toward Him.
He hears and He answers His children. :-)

Set your heart straight. Pray with Confidence.

El Shaddai... The God you pray to is Almighty and All Sufficient.
He is unmoveable. He is unshakable. He is unchanging throughout the ages.
Nothing....NOTHING.....NOTHING is impossible for HIM.
Do you believe that?
May your heart's desires be answered.


a powerful video. Take 7 minutes to simply lift and praise His name. It may just change the rest of your day...

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