Week 2: God Says “Ask”

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:

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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

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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.
Dr. Celeste

Copyright © 2012 by Dr. Celeste Owens. All rights reserved.

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  1. Although I am just reading this post today, it blessed me tremendously. When I think about what I have been praying for, I think I may have been praying the wrong prayer or not praying specific enough according to God’s will even though I would pray according to referenced scripture. Thank you for that testimony in the blog. It just helped turn on a light bulb for me as well. It’s interesting how we know what to pray for some things and then for others we miss the mark.

    • So true. Your reply makes me think of Romans 8:26, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” Thank God for His spirit that lives in us.

  2. I must admit that I have not been very diligent with my fast. This morning afater listening to the recorded prayer line, the Lord put in my spirit to get real about this thing. He placed it in my spirit to fast from breakfast (my most favorite meal of the day), read the devotional daily, and get on the prayer line. I have to give him praise because he wants to do a new thing in me despite me. Hallelujah God!
    My one question is…what do I do with this STRONG feeling of hunger?? Yall, I am hungry as a hostage right now…lol.

    • LOL. Thanks for keeping it real!

      The point of the fast is to grow closer to God. Therefore, when you feel the strain of your sacrifice, in this case it is food, pray. Ask God for the strength to make it and ask Him to speak to you as you willingly endure the pain. You will eventually find that as you make Him the focus, and the not hunger, He will fill your spirit and you won’t feel so physiclally hungry.

      Praise God that you have heeded His voice and you are on this fast 100%. Don’t give up. God is going to speak to you as He presents your “new thing.”

  3. Iris

    The first week of the fast was amizing for our group. However; this week our tests started. There are four of us in our Sistah Group. On yesterday all four of us were tested in various ways. Please pray for all of us: Iris – Had hip replacement surgery scheduled for 2/13 approved by Workmen’s Compensation and on yesterday the claims examiner put it on hold to revview the case again. The doctor’s office said that had never happened in twenty years. Celaine- was was called and told her daughter’s scholarship for college second semester had been cancelled Molly- Coordinator on her job resigned making more work for her causing frustration to the point that she lost her fasting materials and did not want to come to our weekly meeting last night and Chan- continual stres related to her employees. Through it all we made an extra effort to meet last night and it was a blessing for all four of us. Please pray for all four of us.

    • Praise God you all pressed your way to meet last night! I have added the Sistah Group to our prayer list. Be encouraged! There is something great for all of you on the other side of the test. The road ahead may not be easy but don’t give up. Remember you are part of a community of believers. We will run on to see what the end will be. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal. 6:9, NIV).

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