Ask, Ask and Ask Again – Open Heavens Today Devotional 7th July 2019 by Pst. E. A. Adeboye
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. – John 16:24
Message – Open Heavens Devotional
Towards the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus called His disciples aside and said to them in John 16:24;
“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. “
I believe the disciples were shocked to hear Him say this, because they must surely have been praying. What the Lord was actually saying to them was that they had not been asking rightly. This is the case with many children of God today. When we think we are praying, we are actually complaining, and some of us are even weary in prayer, contrary to the Lord’s teaching in Luke chapter 18.
There is a difference between prayer and complaining. Some of us even accuse God in our prayers! We issue Him queries and present a long list of our good works that should compel Him to do our bidding. This should not be so. Let us learn from the experience of the children of Israel in the wilderness. The Lord said of them in Numbers 14:27-28;
“How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:”
When we ask God to do something that does not align with His will, He does not consider that to be prayer. We cannot coerce or manipulate Him into doing things that are against His integrity and honour. If you overhear some people’s prayers, you will be amazed. Some pray that God should kill their “troublesome” spouses so that they can be free to marry someone else! This is not prayer, it is witchcraft!
Praying contrary to the will of God is nothing but lusting after ungodliness. If you are under distress due to the wickedness of fellow human beings, it is enough to ask God for deliverance from all enemies; He knows what to do to deliver you. Today, I want you to pray like you have never prayed before, asking God to accomplish His will concerning whatever situation you are currently in.
Ask Him to provide for you, but don’t tell Him how. Tell Him to promote you but don’t tell Him how. Ask for your long-awaited spouse but don’t prescribe for Him. God will answer your prayers today in Jesus’ Name.
Bible Verse for Today
Deuteronomy 21-22; Ezekiel 12:21-13:7
Father, as I present my petitions today, let Your Holy Spirit help me to ask according to Your will, in Jesus’ Name.