Expect God to Answer Your Prayers


“If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him, for He is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him... But when you ask Him, be sure that you really expect Him to tell you... If you don’t ask with faith, don’t expect the Lord to give you any solid answer.” (James 1:5-8 TLB)

God wants to direct you in life, but two things need to lineup: you have to ask the right person— God, and you have to ask with the right attitude—in faith, expecting an answer.

Have you ever asked God for something but didn't expect to get it? That's why you didn't get it. God works in our lives according to faith. So many times we say, “God, please guide me!” and we walk away not even waiting for guidance. We just immediately start to work. We say, “God, I want you to give me wisdom; help me make the right decision.” But we don't really expect Him to do that. We think it all depends on us. But the Bible says, “When you ask Him, be sure that you really expect Him to tell you” (James 1:6 TLB).

Wisdom is seeing life from God's point of view. Wisdom is the ability to make decisions the way God makes decisions. God has promised to give you wisdom, if you will ask. “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him, for He is always ready to give up bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him” (James 1:5 TLB).

Think about this: God never makes a bad decision. He never makes a mistake. He says if you trust Him and listen to Him, He will guide you. But you must ask in faith. “If you don't ask with faith, don't expect the Lord to give you any solid answer.” (James 1:8 TLB).

Where do you need wisdom today? Ask God what you should do, and then expect Him to tell you. Give Him time to answer your prayer.

What did you hear?

What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What do you think?

How does it apply to your life? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What will you do? Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Now talk to God This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________


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