For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7:8
The truth in this scripture is mind-blowing. “…EVERYONE that asks receives…” Wow! What an assurance! This means that if you have not received, it is not God’s fault. Why then don’t people receive? It could be that they have not ‘asked’. Many believers don’t take time to pray. They don’t have time to commune with God daily. They just rush in and rush out whenever there is a need and give God their orders like He is a waiter in a restaurant. This is why people don’t receive from God. In that scripture, Jesus made emphasis on God being our “Heavenly Father”. Every father wants an ongoing relationship with his children. So the more you commune with God every day, the easier it is for your requests to be granted. You receive by spending time with God regularly. However, note that God cannot be your Heavenly Father until you are born again. Only when you do so that you will have access to communing with Him and asking for whatever you want.
Again, some people don’t receive because their motives for asking are wrong. James 4:3 says, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” They ask for a blessing just to show off or fulfill the cravings of carnality. When God looks at your heart and sees that you don’t have the right motive, He will withhold the answer to your prayer, until your motive changes.
In receiving from God, you also need faith. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6). You also need to constantly contend with forces of hindrance and delay that will try to stand in the way of your answer, just as the prince of Persia tried to stop Daniel’s answer. Don’t be lazy in the spirit. Position yourself to receive.
For few weeks I have been attending services in church, God has been doing marvelous things in my life. He blessed my children and caused them to remember me. They have been sending money to me and asking me from time to time if I need anything. One of them even bought me a new phone. Praise God!
– Mr Justice O.
[Spend some time and worship God. Thank Him for all He has done.]
1. Spirit of the living God, help me position myself to receive my answers this month in Jesus name.
2. Father, may hunger for Your presence never be lacking in my life in Jesus name.
3. Whatever contends with the presence of God in my life or blocks my access, I cast you out now in Jesus name.
4. Every long overdue blessing in my life, I call them forth now in Jesus name.
5. I decree, positive prophecies made over my life and family shall be fulfilled this month. No more delays in Jesus name.
[Raise other prayer points as you are led]