When you pray to God do your really believe that He will answer? Are your request even big enough? Do you not even bother to ask for anything when you pray? You may be neglecting one of the most blessed privileges as a believer of Christ, which is fully depending on God to answer your prayers.
God Gave You A Blank Cheque With Your Name On It
Jesus said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:7-8 NIV)
Some Christians read these verses and think that they can’t claim this promise for any prayer request that they might have. They also may think that this promise is reserved for those who lead a ministry or run missions etc. The truth is this verse is for all of us. New believers to those who have been walking with Jesus for decades. We can claim this promise if we have the faith to believe that God will answer it. There is only a condition that we need to satisfy. “If we remain in Him and His words remain in us”. How do we satisfy this condition? We walk with Jesus daily and grow according to what He has taught us. It’s that easy. Also, just to clarify, the verses do not mention that we need to be perfect. Sin is a part of life if we are human and that is the reason Jesus died on the cross for us. God knows we would sin and fall short of perfection… this is why we can abide in Jesus and ask in His name. To satisfy the condition of these verses, read and study your bible daily. Grow and apply the teachings that Jesus spoke about. You will be able to claim this precious promise that is mentioned here.
But Can I Ask For Anything?
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” )1 John 5:14-15 NIV)
If we go further on in the New Testament we come across this scripture. This clearly says that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us and will answer us. This verse goes hand in hand with John 15:7-8. We can have confidence that because God saved us with the blood of Jesus and has given us eternal life, we can have confidence to come before him boldly and ask him for anything else that we need or desire. When we have big prayer request it shows our faith in our big God to meet them and God is pleased when we have faith in Him.
Then I Want It All
Not so fast my friend! “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
(James 4:2-3 NIV)
Knowing that we have a promise to ask for anything in Jesus Name and that we can be bold and confident that God hears our request doesn’t mean that we can ask for anything we want. We can ask for anything that we want but as we abide in Jesus and grow in his ways it changes our heart. We no longer want the things that we wanted when we were still in the world. Our desires are more in line with what God wants us to have.
This does not mean that you can’t ask God for a new Lamborghini Huracán Performante. Go ahead and ask God for it. When you get it just remember that it’s not only for your own benefit but it will be a blessing to others as well and cause people to give God glory. When God answers any of our prays just remember that it will do three things. (1) it will cause Growth in our lives. (2) it will be a blessing to others. (3) it will give God glory. Keep these things in mind as you walk with God.
Be bold and confident with your prayer request to God. He delights to give us good gifts because He is a good father. Ask for that 4000 sq ft house on the beach side. Ask for that new SUV with the 22 inch rims. God is so good that he may just answer your prayer request. Remember not to allow the answer to your prayers to become an idol. And always think of how the answer to your prayers will be a blessing to others. God gets the glory when you bear much fruits so be it unto you according to your faith.
Please feel free to leave your comments below about some BIG prayer request that you have for our BIG God so that we can all come in agreement with you.