TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, October 30, 2020:
Put a question to; interrogate; seek to obtain; request; invite; inquire about; to put into words to ask a favor, or gain attention.
And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.
So, I say to you, ask, and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Many people ask this question. Why does God want us to ask when He already knows what we want and what we need? It is true that God knows the desires of our heart and what we think we need and could just give these things to us, but God desires that we recognize that we are insufficient to meet our every need. God wants us to ask because He wants us to ask and seek Him so that we will recognize that He is the one who provides for us and that He alone hears and answers our prayers.
When we come to God in prayer, we are not only acknowledging that He is the one who provides for us but that we are submitting our will to God’s will and putting God in control of our lives. God has given us free will and He never forces His will on us. It is through prayer that God speaks to us and shows us His will.
It is pride that keeps many from asking God for needs. And many people today want to feel self-sufficient and do not feel that they need any help from God. One of the most important lessons we can learn from the scriptures is that God expects us to ask Him for help when we are in need.
Many people feel that God does not answer their prayers. One of the reasons is that they want immediate responses and just do not have the patience to wait upon the Lord for His timing. In John14:14, Jesus says that we may ask for anything in His name and He will answer. But He also said in Matthew 21:22 that it is by believing we receive an answer to our prayers. But most people stop there and forget that God gives us standards to meet in order to receive His promises to us.
What we ask God for must not be contrary to His nature and righteousness. God will not answer prayers that are not according to His will and will not bring honor and glory to Him. Jesus teaches us that we are to obey Him and do what He commands us. If we are not willing to obey Him how can we expect Him to answer our prayers?
There is no request to big or to small that cannot be brought to God in prayer. The Lord wants us to pray about everything. The one problem today is that many people just limit God in what they believe He will do for them. We rely on our own wisdom and so often fail. In Philippians 4:6, Paul advises us to pray about everything and make known our requests to God. He hears our every prayer.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 4:19.
But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Open my eyes today to the reality that all I have to do is ask and believe. You desire to meet all my needs and I thank You for this. Keep me yielded to You so that I will seek to do Your will and not my own.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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