We are at the last day of this study. We’ve learned many things about how our attitudes and life experiences can hinder our communication with God and we’ve asked Him to help us remove those obstacles. We’ve learned about the different ways that God speaks to us – and ways that He does not. We’re learning to be still before God and we are remembering to remember what God has done for us. We’re not rushing to petition God because in our rushing we might miss His still small voice.
After remembering what God has done for you and sitting still in His presence, how could we bring trivial requests to Him? By now, I hope you realize that God desires to give us the desire of our heart, but He wants us to ask Him for things that are within His will. When you ask within His will, you will probably have a sense of peace. When you want something that’s not in His will, you will have to justify yourself.
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15 (ESV)
Examine your heart before you petition God. Are you asking pridefully (so you can testify to what God did for you as opposed to testifying about the mighty deeds of God)? Are you telling God what to do or asking Him for His perfect will? Ask God to remove all traces of pride.
Do you believe that God will answer you? Will you examine the answer you receive under the lens of Biblical truth and obey the answer?
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24 (ESV)
Are you looking at your conversations with a new perspective? Do you know that God has your best interests at heart?
What are you waiting for? It’s time to put this knowledge into practice. Make an appointment with God today and every day. Let me know how this study has enhanced your relationship with God!
See you next week to take on a new topic – spiritual warfare.