Surrender 2012 is in full effect! What an awesome week we have had. I pray your relationship with our creator is growing in intensity with each passing day.
The scriptural text for today’s devotional, Establish Your Faith (Day 8) comes from John 14:13-14:
“And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
What an awesome promise from our father because the last time I checked, “anything” meant anything. So how are you about asking God for what you need? One Surrender Faster had an A-ha moment last week while reciting the Prayer of Jabez during the Surrender Morning Prayer:
I lost my job back in 2010 and since that time I have been unable to find full-time employment. During my stint with unemployment I’ve been a temp, done volunteer work, and consulted. Even in the midst of my storm God keeps blessing me with funds to pay for gas, lights, transportation, food and occasional outings with friends. So today the light bulb went off in my head. I had never cried out to God and asked Him for a new job, only for provision during my storm. Wow I had spent so much time focusing on the provision I hadn’t made the most simple request of all, “Lord bless me with a job.” Lynda
For whatever reason, sometimes we neglect to ask the obvious. But it’s really quite simple, “Ask anything in my name and I will do it.” In other words, if you pray as according to His will it’s done!
That goes to show that there are limits to our asking; God doesn’t answer selfish prayers. In James 4:3 (NIV) we read, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” But when you ask according to His will, that pleases God and He answers our prayers.
I don’t know about you, but God has revealed to me a portion of His plans for me in 2012. Needless to say, I am excited. But instead of sitting around waiting for those things to happen, I am praying and asking God to provide me the people and other resources I need to successfully complete the assignments He has for me to do. I hope you are doing the same!
As you continue to fast remember to keep God first by committing your morning to Him, completing the daily devotional from The 40-Day Surrender Fast, joining the morning prayer or listening to the recorded taping, and reciting the Prayer of Jabez daily.
Great things are in store for you! Forty days and a surrendered heart will change your life.
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