Chapter 5 Jehovah Jireh… Ask and You Shall Receive? Part 5

How does God want us to petition for our desires and needs in prayer?

As we study God’s word, we see how He has provided in a myriad of circumstances,  sometimes with miracles as with Elisha and the widow, sometimes with circumstances as with Esther, and yet the answers to our problems seem distant and farfetched. We wonder how we can access His provision for ourselves in a personal way.
We can see that God makes provision for us in mighty and small ways. Does He make the provision and then walk off to enjoy the heavenliest without further thought of us? Does He want us to pray? Here are some passages of Scripture where we should be able to see that God wants us to pray and He wants to answer those prayers. I know this is a lot of Scripture to look at and explore, but this study is not meant to be a shallow reading of the word. We are seeking answers to our problems. We are trying to fill the emptiness in our hearts that only the understanding of the word of God will fill.  So just take it as you have time and don’t worry about finishing every question at one sitting.

Matthew 7:7
Just ask for it, just seek…and it will be given.  That is what it says.  Just what are we to seek for?  What are we to ask for?  In order to understand this verse, we need to read the verse before it. Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. We meet many people in the course of our lives. Some of them are vicious in their response to the teachings of the gospel. We need Spiritual discernment to deal with these people; discernment that only results from prayer. Nor can we keep the teachings of the Bible without power from above. In these verses we are given the invitation to ask, seek, and knock, and to keep on doing it. The wisdom and power the Christian
needs for living the kind of life required of him comes only when we have sought for it, and persistently and fervently prayed for it.

  1. Think about how you have previously interpreted this verse. Do you have a different perspective? From these verses, what should we be praying for?

Read Matthew 18:19, This verse is talking about church matters the pattern for conduct in the church.
Again we have to search the Scriptures above this one, in context to ascertain its meaning. Does He really mean He will give us anything we ask for if there are two or more of us in agreement? Yes, but…

2. What are the conditions found regarding this verse? This means He will hear and answer any request that Christ Himself would make. In His name means asking for something that is within His will.

Read  Matthew 21:22   Does He mean anything we want? Yes, if it meets all the conditions listed in the
Bible. There is a condition listed in this verse.

3. What is the condition in this verse? To further clarify the meaning,
read the verse above, Matthew 21:21. You must believe that God can and will move in a miraculous way.

Read  Mark 11:24  Can we really move mountains? We can, but why would you want to. They are beautiful where they are. We need to pray for power to move the daily mountains of worry, problems, and weakness of Spirit. We need to pray to be strengthened in our Spirit that we might have the power to pray in ways that will change the world, not that our own selfish desires might be met, but praying that we might have the faith that will allow God to do His will in our lives.

4. Do you really pray for God’s will in your life, or do you pray for specific desires to be met? When you ask for God to give you something, regardless of what it is or its importance to you at the time, are you really willing to ask for God’s will to be done? Write the line in the LORD’s prayer regarding God’s will.

Read  Luke 11:13   Again, we do not always see what this verse is really saying.

5. What does this verse say that God wants to give us? At this time, the Disciples were beginning to understand how difficult it was going to be to be a true disciple of Christ. They did not have the Holy Spirit. We receive the Holy Spirit when we are converted. We need to pray that the gifts of the Holy Spirit be manifested in us; that we might have the power of His ministrations in our lives.

Read John 14:13-14  We read this verse with great enthusiasm. All I need to do is ask for something in Jesus name and I will get it. We need to read further. John 14:15 tells us the requirement of the above verse.

6. What is the requirement? Ah Shucks, there it is again, the but… We must stand in His place, and pray as He would pray. We present our prayers knowing it is through His merit, through what He has done, and it must
be truly for His glory that we pray. The promise that the prayer will be aswered is only to those who love HIm and who obey Him. The evidence of our love for Him is our keeping the commandments.

Read  John 16:23   Can we just put the name of Jesus on the end of our prayers and expect it to be
answered? No, we have already seen some of the requirements and we will discuss them more fully at the end of this study. In this verse He is talking to the disciples of the time when He would no longer be with them. They would need to pray to the father in His name so He could intercede for them. When we pray in
His name we are to be praying as He would pray. Because we are to become like Him our prayers will become less selfish, less worldly, less self consuming. He is at the right hand of the father as ourintercessor; answering every prayer that was asked in His name, praying as He would pray. The prayers will be answered because Jesus is worthy and we are not. That is why it must be asked in His name.

Read  Romans 10:12,13   God is rich to all who call upon Him. Is He talking about riches of the world?

Read Romans 10:9-11

7. What gift is Paul talking about in these verses? It is available to all who call upon Jesus.

Read I John 5:14-15,

8 . Read 1 John 5:13 to see why we can come before God with boldness in our prayer petitions? Write it here.

9.  Read James 4:3  What does Paul say is the reason our prayers are not answered.  The Message says we ask as spoiled children. The amplified version leaves no doubt as to the meaning of this
Scripture  3[Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive,
because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is
[when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures. 
Our motives forsaking should be pure,
unselfish, and in accordance with God’s will.

We have seen some of the instructions God has given us to insure that our prayers are answered. Let’s explore them further. We are not promised that every prayer will be answered. All of our whims, wants and desires are not going to be answered.

Read John 9:31

10. First write down who God does not hear, then write who God does hear. The most important and
obvious prohibition is that God hears only one prayer from a lost man. He must first recognize he is a sinner and ask for forgiveness. He must receive Christ as His Savior. Those who reject God do not have the ear of God. We must have faith or belief in God, unwavering faith that He can, that He wants to, that He will care for you.

Read Hebrews 11:6

11. What makes it impossible to please God? What must we have when we come to God?