“Ye have not, because ye ask not.” James 4:2
“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, What ever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.”
“Before, you asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:23-24
That first scripture was hanging me up. It says that we have not because we ask not. Well, I was asking but not receiving so I began to do a study on that scripture. I wanted to know what I was missing.
As you can see there are other scriptures that say the same thing.
Through study, and hearing the voice of God, I believe there are real reasons our prayers often go unanswered.
First we often ask with bad motives. Bad motives, I believe, are when we ask out of selfish reasons. We want something, perhaps, so that we can brag about it to our friends and delight in seeing their jealousy. That’s a wrong reason.
Another reason our prayers are not answered, at times, is that we ask for something that is not good for us and will led us into sin. For example, we cannot ask the Lord to bring us someone else’s husband and expect that He will do that. It violates His law on marriage.
However, the main reason most of our prayers go unanswered is that we have limiting beliefs. We may not believe that we are good enough, smart enough, or talented enough for what we are asking God for. Those limiting beliefs do not line up with God’s thoughts and so those prayers go unanswered.
Let’s start by understanding that we are God’s beloved children.
As children of God, he thinks we are special. He made us and like any other artist he is proud of his work.
I like to use the example of the way we love our own children. We think they are special. We think they are almost perfect. When we do recognize their faults, we still believe that they have the ability to change into the best version of themselves. We don’t give up that belief. We don’t like it much when, even though they are trying to help, other people talk badly about our children.
When we understand our relationship with Daddy God it helps us to understand, even more, His love and care for us.
So now we have to look at the words that come out of our mouths and the thoughts that come into our minds. Do they line up with God’s thoughts about us?
Let’s use the example of a man who is not what we would generally think of as handsome. We may not understand it but often we see him dating beautiful women. We know, for example, he is not rich. So how does he always date beautiful women?
The answer is that his thoughts, of himself, are not negative. He doesn’t think, “I am not that great looking, that woman will never go out with me!” Instead he thinks he looks great. He has that self-confidence that people are drawn to and therefore his thinking about dating beautiful women is not limited. He believes the sky is the limit and, because God thinks he is special too, he asks and he receives.
That is an example of our thoughts aligning with the thoughts of God.
Now, lets take this into the area of finances. We may be praying for God to bless us financially while at the same time thinking, “I am not going to make it. I can’t seem to dig myself out of this hole.” Or we might think, “I would start my own business but I don’t know how to make my own website or talk to people.”
Those are examples of limiting thoughts that do not line up with the word of God. To change things we need to start believing that we are as smart as the next person. We can believe that with God’s help we can figure out how to make a website. We can go online and do a Google search, on “How to make a website.”
God says, “Beloved I wish above all else that you would prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.”
In order to get answers to our prayers we have to get rid of limiting beliefs about our abilities. We pray and we believe that we can do anything and we believe that with God’s help NOTHING is impossible. We then step out towards our dreams believing that God is partnering with us to answer our prayers.
Romans 10:17 says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
In order to build up our faith we have to soak ourselves in God’s word. We turn to Christian Radio in our cars; we spend time each day in the bible, we listening to Christian CD’s or sermons for free on You Tube. All these things will increase our faith.
Music is a trigger. It often puts our mind into believing the wrong things about the world and acceptable behavior. There is nothing wrong with secular music but we need to equal time listening to positive things too. If not we can find ourselves becoming really jaded.
I believe, as we start to align our minds with Christ, we can ask and we can receive, abundantly, those things that our hearts desire.
In His Unconditional Love,
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