John 16:23-24 – “…Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
Over and over, the Lord expresses a great desire to hear our prayers so that He may answer them. He tells us that whatever it is, He’s willing to hear and respond according to His perfect will. God’s will always brings joy in the life of a Christian. Prayer is one of the great privileges we get the day we get saved and there is no limit to what we can pray about. God delights in blessing His people by showing His power in answering our prayers. Like a father who delights seeing the eyes of his child light up when a blessing is given, God enjoys seeing our hearts light up when we receive an answer to prayer. We receive great joy when God hears and answers a prayer that we have been praying. Sometimes, those answers seem surreal, but we have a God that can do anything.
We are often robbed of this joy though. The reason, we simply don’t ask! James 4:2, “…ye have not, because ye ask not.” God cares about you, your family, your every need, etc. Have we been bringing these things before Him in believing prayer? Or do we, but with a half-hearted unbelief that doesn’t really believe the prayers being prayed make a difference? The God of Heaven, the Creator of all, the Lord of all the universe, the Omnipotent Potentate has given us access to Him 24 hours/7 days a week and we don’t take advantage of it? I believe a Christian is missing some of the greatest joys they could experience by failing to bring their desires and burdens to God and seeing Him step in and respond. Too often we just don’t think God is interested or able, but that’s a satanic lie that robs God’s people of wonderful blessings God has for them. What would you like to see God do in your life? Heal your marriage? Help your children? Bring you a spouse? Lead you into God’s will? See a lost loved one saved? The list could go on and on, but ask, seek, knock and the answer will come that will be a joy to your heart!