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THOUGHTS ON PRAYER

The other day while reading about prayer I had this thought: What if praying according to God's will wasn't so much about knowing what His will was and then asking for what we know He wants to give us, but more about it being His will for us to pray and ask Him for whatever we need?

To go to Him first about everything.

To trust Him enough to ask even when we are not sure it is His will for us to have what we ask for.

James says we do not have because we do not ask (James 4:2).

Isn't that God inviting us to ask anything and everything from Him?

We know He wants to give us good things.

Jesus said a father would not give his son a snake when he asks for a fish. Or a scorpion when he asks for an egg.

How much more would our Heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him?

Jesus also said the one who asks will receive (Matthew 7:7).

All through the Word we are invited to ask the Lord for the things we need.

James tells us to ask the Lord when we need wisdom (James 1:5).

Peter tells us to cast our cares on Him for He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

John says we are to confess our sins to Him and He will forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

The writer of Hebrews instructs us to come boldly to the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Paul tells us to make all our requests know to God with prayer, supplication and thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6).

And Jesus says we are to come to Him when we are weary and heavy-laden and He will give us rest (Matthew 11:28).

The bottome line is, the Lord invites us to pray.

He invites us to come to Him and ask.

Even when we don't know what to ask for (Romans 8:26).

Will you come to Him today?

Will you ask Him for the things you need?

It can be something big, or something small.

It can be something ordinary, or something extraordinary.

It can even be something that seems totally impossible.

God is listening.

He wants to hear you ask.

He is ready with the answer.

Will you trust Him?