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Friday, November 15, 2013

Praying for It Before Paying for It

In summary of John 16:24 it says, "You have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy will be the fullest possible joy."

Bottom Line:
Ask first, God wants to provide and bring us joy through his provision.

What this means to me:
This verse is a great reminder for me to remember to pray and ask for my needs in Jesus’ name.  God wants to provide and fill me with joy over his provision and this is especially true when it comes to finances.  God has promised to meet all of my needs (not necessarily my wants.)  I can’t keep quiet, God is just waiting for me to ask for his help!  Rick Warren explains in his Daily Hope devotional from 11/15/13 that, “One of the reasons why we see so few miracles in our lives is because we just don't ask for them.  Instead of living a life based on Christ, we live a life based on credit. When we have something we need in our life, instead of stopping and asking God for it, before we even think about asking God for it, we just use that credit card. We trust credit instead of Christ.”   God will work in my life, if I would just pray before I pay.  This means that any major purchase I am considering, that should trust God before just taking matters into my own hands and using a credit card.  Using a credit card will only short-circuit God chance to provide for me.  One thing for certain is that God will not give me everything I pray for.  But there are some things he will do just to provide a miracle in my life.  So there is nothing wrong with praying specifically for a financial need.  In summary, God wants me to learn to ask, so that he can give and so that I can be full of joy.  God is a loving father and he wants to bless my life.  I just need to ask.