Text(s) for today: 1 Sam. 1:1 – 18

“And in all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing; ye shall receive.” Matt. 21:22. 

Today’s key verse explains why many pray and do not receive answers: they pray in unbelief. And indeed prayer said in unbelief is equal to not praying at all. Apostles James throws more light on this;

“…when you ask (God)you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded…” Jam. 1:6 – 8 NIV.

‘You must believe,’ Apostle James says, “Or else don’t expect any positive answers.”

For example, you have a paper (an exam) at hand and you have not covered much as far as that paper in question is concerned so you decide to pray. You’re praying that the Lord helps you cover the relevant points/ideas you’ll require for the paper.

But first ask yourself: do you believe it’s possible to cover all necessary aspects of your lecture notes within the very short time left?

This question is very crucial as far as your prayer results are concerned.

Someone may argue that the fact that the person is requesting that from God proves that he believes it’s possible but that’s never automatic. That’s why the scripture says, that “when you ask, you must believe…”  because you can ask and not believe.

But beloved you must believe because according to the Bible, it’s possible to do that even within the short time left. (Matt. 19:26; Mk. 9:23; Lk. 1:37).

Finally, every time you pray, by the time you are done, you must be certain that it is done. Don’t leave the prayer grounds wondering what will happen to you when you go and sit behind your books. Be like Hannah who after prayers became very confident and wouldn’t cry anymore (1 Sam. 1:1 – 18, esp. v7, 8, 18).

Make up your mind to believe every single word you utter in prayer. That’s the secret of powerful prayer. Choose to believe. As a child of God, your words are not ordinary (Prov. 18:21). Praise God!

Prayer & Confessions (pray out loudly)

Lord I thank you for your word. I’m strengthened in faith, knowing that every single thing I say in prayer is potent. I thank you for this ability I’ve to change any thing. My life is blessed, my academics/job is greatly blessed. I’m growing fast spiritually. So shall I continue to be, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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