There is a limit to the power of prayer. We are not to expect that God will give us everything we choose to ask for. We know that we sometimes ask, and do not receive, because what we ask for isn’t of God’s desire for us. If we pray counter to the love God would have us demonstrate, if we ask contrary to His will, if we ask merely for the gratification of our own desires, without a thought or care for His glory, we must not expect that we will receive, and indeed we will not receive.

But, when we ask in faith, with love and concern for God’s glory, if we don’t receive the precise thing we asked for, we will receive an equivalent or something better, and we will rejoice to receive it instead.

Pray, but take care in what you ask. Pray not with expectation, with demands, or to test Him, but pray on bended knee, asking first that His will shall prevail. After that, all else will be delivered and given just as we have asked.

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I am a depraved, morally bankrupt wretched sinner through and through. I’ve attended church sporadically most of my life, haven’t spent a minute in seminary and only recently gave the Bible more than a cursory review. I’ve attended exactly one theology class and I dropped out of that. However, in spite of my moral infidelity, I’ve come to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I’ve learned my salvation isn’t the result of what I do, but rather what Jesus has done on my behalf. I didn’t find the Holy Spirit, He found me. And in our relationship I have invited Him to change me, to use me for His purpose, to conquer my will with His own. Praise the Lord, for even an unworthy, chronic sinner like me can experience and give testimony to His glory!
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One Response to Prayer

  1. Ginny Baker says:

    It’s so important that we not view prayer simply as an opportunity to present God with a wish list. We should always approach prayer as worshipful communion with Him, asking for His blessings in accordance with His will. All He gives and, yes, all He takes away are within His divine purpose.

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