You should get what you pray for. Does that idea shock you? If it does, it’s not your fault that it shocks you. You’ve just been given a lot of misinformation by people who have had years of misinformation pumped into them. Do you remember the saying, “garbage in, garbage out”? That saying refers to what happens when you put misinformation into a computer. Let’s say your annual income is $25,000, but whoever is putting in the data types in $28,000. Unless you correct it, you’re going to owe the IRS more money. Isn’t that a happy thought? Have you ever set your watch to alarm at 12:00 noon? Well, at least that was your intent. Your watch didn’t read your mind and went off at 12:00 midnight. STUPID WATCH! And until you correct it, wherever you are, you will know when it is midnight. STUPID WATCH!
The point is your brain is the most complex computer that has ever been created. And once misinformation is programmed into your computer, no matter how many times the same situation comes up you will always respond the wrong way unless YOU put the correct information in. Especially if that information comes from an “expert”, someone who is supposed to know what they are talking about. This is one of the many pitfalls of “religious” teaching. Chances are somewhere along the line you either heard, or it was heavily implied, that you’re NOT supposed to get what you pray for.
Well, let’s go to the “owner’s manual” and see what it says. We are only dealing with petition prayer, one of several different types of prayer. Petition prayer is the most basic type of prayer in order that your “joy may be full”.
WE ARE ASSUMING THAT YOU KNOW YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO PRAY OUT LOUD IN THIS SITUATION. THAT’S WHY HE USES THE WORD “ASK” (VERBAL) AND NOT “THINK” (MENTAL). WE CAN’T STRESS THIS ENOUGH. IF YOU DON’T OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND ASK YOU WILL NOT GET ANYTHING. THAT’S THE WAY IT WORKS. ASK AND RECEIVE. NOT THINK AND RECEIVE.
In John 15:7 Jesus said (you know the guy that never lies), “If YOU abide in ME, and MY WORDS abide in YOU, YOU will ask WHAT YOU DESIRE, and IT SHALL BE DONE FOR YOU.”
In John 16:23-24 Jesus said “And in that day (after He ascended to heaven) you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, WHATEVER YOU ASK THE FATHER IN MY NAME HE WILL GIVE YOU. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. ASK, and YOU WILL RECEIVE, that your JOY MAY BE FULL.”
1 John 3:22-23, “And WHATEVER WE ASK WE RECEIVE FROM HIM, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment: that we should believe on THE NAME OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER, as He gave us commandment.”
1 John 5:13-15 “These things I have written to you who BELIEVE IN THE NAME OF THE SON OF GOD (JESUS), that you may know that you have eternal life, and THAT YOU MAY CONTINUE TO BELIEVE IN THE NAME OF THE SON OF GOD (JESUS). Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ASK ANYTHING according to His will (and His will is that we ask in the name of JESUS), He hears us. And if we KNOW that He hears us, WHATEVER WE ASK, we KNOW that WE HAVE THE PETITIONS that WE HAVE ASKED of Him.”
Do you kinda notice a theme here?
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing (don’t worry about it!), but in everything by prayer and supplication, WITH THANKSGIVING, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” The more THANKSGIVING you give, the STRONGER THE PEACE will become.
That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. It’s not really all that complicated. It gets complicated when we overthink it, go by what somebody has told us what their “experience” was, try to figure out how He is going to do it, or we “spiritualize” what the Bible says. By spiritualize we mean get so “religious” about it, it doesn’t do any earthly good.
My wife wanted a “good” piano for a certain amount of money. She did not want an electric piano, she had one of those or a free upright, there’s a reason they are free. She got the scriptures together that said “ask and you will receive” and she asked “in the name of Jesus” for a piano so her “joy would be full”. After a couple of months and diligently seeking (checking newspaper, auctions, etc.) she got it! And it didn’t need tuning after it was moved!
Or the time she prayed for a car without debt (free). Guess what? She got it (so we wouldn’t have to ride together). Just kidding. I really love having her around and I hope she feels the same way about me. You do, don’t ya? Dear? Honey?
Anyway, whenever we want something, we get the scriptures together and do what they say to do. And guess what? We get what we pray for and so should you.
We could tell you about seemingly impossible things that have occurred through us doing what we are telling you to do. Some of them you would probably have a hard time believing. At times we have a hard time believing it actually happened. Our minds want to say, “It was just a coincidence.” That is a RELIGIOUS MINDSET. That is giving glory to something other than Jesus, the Living Word. It is way past time for you to stop looking and listening to religious leaders and others (even Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, family and friends) for guidance. Always keep this in mind, if you are born again, you are in a relationship, not a religion. And what good parent would not want the best for their offspring?
If you will do the exact same thing that we do, you will get the exact same results. Unless of course, God loves us more than you. LOL He is not a respecter of persons (Romans 2:11).
With Love, Cincinnati Christian
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