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Since I am guilty I will confess just to clear the air. I have caught myself coming to GOD and praying in "The Begging Mode" rather than considering, “I'm only asking for what is mine in Christ.”
Matthew 7:7 Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
Instead of just accepting the scripture for what it said I interpreted to mean "Get down on your knees and grovel and beg." Anytime I do that I am praying in unbelief and that may be the reason prayer isn't answered part of the time.
I may be the only person who does this, but seriously ask your self; do I believe I have “The right” to receive what I am praying for? If not will begging like kids do to their parents until they relent – will it change GOD'S mind? Praying without the assurance that GOD will answer is akin to unbelief.
There is a principle laid down in James concerning prayer; James 1:6-7 But when you ask God, you must believe. Don't doubt him. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is blown up and down by the wind.
People like that are thinking two different things at the same time. They can never decide what to do. So they should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.
Before praying it behooves one to find out what GOD has said about prayer and praying and about GOD'S provision for us. It is there that faith is born and nurtured. Get assurance from God’s Word that your prayer will produce the answer.
When you pray you are talking to the best friend you have. He has told you can have whatever you believe He will give you.
If you don't believe He wants you to have it then don't pray for it and waste your time.
There are a lot of situations where we just don't have a clue about how to proceed at a time like this so we must look deeper within ourselves.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
When this is the case you are not excluded from the process, actually you are totally involved.
With the background of Matthew 6:9 This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name - - Now proceed to ask (as an adult Christian not as a child begging) your heavenly Father for that He has promised to give you with nothing doubting and with no begging.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
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