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Praying: Ask for Others

Instead of praying for what you need, pray for what others are in need of. The word says, we have not because we ask not. (James 4:2) Well, we have been asking but for whom?

Since God knows our needs, we should just give Him praise and thanks for "meeting our needs according to His riches in glory." Throughout the day and into the night, just give Him thanks! Do happy dances, jump up and down or run around the block, giving Him thanks! Sing praises to Him and your expectation, belief, trust and faith in Him will manifest in the natural what you called from the supernatural and/or spiritual realm.

Name those things in your praise and thanksgiving celebration! Pray the scriptures. I haven't read a bible verse saying,

"Lord, the rent is due and the cellphone bill, too. I'm coming to you, to help me. I ask you for the $650 I need to make these payments, saith the Lord of hosts."

Instead, we can pray,

"Lord, you are my Shepherd and there is no lack in my life. I thank you for being Jehovah-Jireh, my Provider. Thank you, Jesus for meeting all my needs, for providing shelter, communication devices and everything needed to better serve you."

We have to use our homes, cellphones, vehicles, food . . . everything we have, in service to God. It belongs to Him. When we tithe, we are meeting the necessities of the House of God so He will meet the necessities of our house.

When you pray, let the primary focus be on others, not you. God will take care of you. His goal is to have you love Him and to love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. That time you spend in the prayer closet, on the thrashing floor, behind the veil, shift the focus away from you to everyone else.

Thank Him for your healing because "He was wounded for your transgressions, bruised for your iniquities; the chastisement of your peace was upon Him and with His stripes, you are healed." He knows every area in your life that needs healing. He knows where the dis-ease is and where the diseases are.

God searches the heart and when He sees we genuinely and unconditionally love our neighbors, great is His reward.

Besides, prayer is not designed to inform God, but to give us a raw look at the fallen condition of man — to give us a sight of our own misery. This humbles the heart. It ignites our faith and raises our hope! We are excited and our soul is lifted from earth to heaven, to Abba Father and our inheritance.

"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." (Luke 12:32) "If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" (Matthew 7:11)

Just ask for someone else and thank Him for yours. You shall receive.

© Avis Ward

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