Expect God to Answer

There is a false teaching that says whatever you want, speak it into existence. You name it, and you claim it; God will do whatever you ask Him to do.

Thank God that isn t true. God will overrule our requests at times, especially when we ask Him for something that He knows will hurt us.

Having said that, there is also a place for faith and prayer. In fact, unbelief can hinder our prayers.

The Bible tells us, If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord (James 1:5 7 NLT).

So pray for wisdom, pray for provision, and pray for God s blessing and direction. And then expect Him to answer. Often, we cancel our prayers because we re filled with so much doubt.

Do you have a need right now? Do you need a touch in your body physically? Then call out to Jesus. Do you have a child or a marriage that needs help today? Then call out to Jesus. Don t give up.

Jesus said, Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7 NLT). Be persistent in your prayers.

With as much faith as you can muster, bring your need to Jesus Christ. I love the prayer of the man who said, I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief! (Mark 9:24 NLT). God will more than meet you halfway as you bring your need to Him.


Paraphrased from devotional by: Greg Laurie