How are You Asking God for What You Want?

My granddaughter and I have this ongoing banter every time we see each other. After tons of hugs and kisses, she will come straight out and ask me if I will buy her a toy.

I always tell her I will, if she buys me a pair of shoes. With all the confidence of a four-year-old, she excitedly tells me she will buy them!

She’ll ask again two or three more times if I will buy her a toy, and we go back and forth between toys and shoes until she gives up and moves onto something else.

The last time we did this, I started thinking how she never really asks for anything specific in her toy request. But before she left, I decided to ask her what kind of toy she wanted. I did this to see if she would give me any specifics.

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

She thought about it for half a minute before telling me not only what she wanted, but the color she wanted, what the toy did and where to buy it. She gave all the details she could remember about the toy she really wanted.

This exchange with my grandbaby reminded me of how I sometimes start out making my requests to the Lord without any details. I have to remind myself to be specific in what I am asking for.

We all have areas in our lives where we can pray specifically:  physical, emotional, relational, financial, professional and much more. And it is important we pray God’s will first:

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

Notice the scripture tells us we can have confidence in asking God anything. My precious granddaughter has the confidence to ask me for a new toy, and as children of the most high God, we also can ask for what we want or need.

What specific prayer do you want God to answer? Go ahead, ask Him!


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