For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Luke 11:10
You have every right, as a child of God, to expect answers when you pray (John 15:16). But if you pray to God, doubting, you’re not going to get anything. James 1:6-7 says, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” No man can receive anything from God without faith (Hebrews 11:6).
The reason some people wouldn’t expect answers to their prayers is that they remember all their sins and failures as soon as they get on their knees to pray; they are overwhelmed by self-condemnation. Self-condemnation will destroy your faith. It’s impossible for a man to receive anything from God without faith and that means you wouldn’t be able to receive the answer to your prayer. The way out of this quagmire is to build yourself in God’s Word because you’re a spiritual babe.
The Bible says, “For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe” (Hebrews 5: 13). Righteousness is the nature of God that makes you stand before God without the feeling of guilt, inferiority or condemnation. If you condemn yourself incessantly, then you’re unskilled in the word of righteousness and as such, you’re a spiritual babe and will have problem receiving answers to your prayers.
1 Peter 2:2 says, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby”. The Word of God can build you up in righteousness; “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith…” (Romans 1:17). You need to renew your mind with God’s Word and strengthen yourself in righteousness. With this consciousness of your righteousness in Christ, you can confidently ask of the Father, knowing that you’ll receive answers to your prayers.
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For more, please read and study: Romans 10:17; 1 John 5:14-15
Dear Father, i thank you for giving me the opportunity to ask according to your will, and the confidence that you will grant my request. Therefore, I ask that you cause me to work in favour today; in my job, school and home, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.