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5 Keys to receiving what you pray for
Is it God's will?
Before asking God for anything one must make sure that it is his will. How do we do this you may ask? By looking into the bible because the bible is God's will to mankind. 1 John 5:14 says that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us, and if he hears us then we know that we have the petitions we desired of him. Since God's word is his will, one should find a scripture verse for the desired request, for example if a person prays and asks for a job since the economy is a little shaky and many are unemployed; the first thing a unemployed individual must do is find out from the bible God's will concerning work. God is quite concerned about family provision for he says that he that provides not for his own has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel. This scripture does not condemn the unemployed, but gives hope because through this verse of scripture a unemployed individual can stand on this verse and God is obligated by his own word to help the person become employed. Other laws must not be broken such as in the book of James where it reads that faith without works is dead being alone. This means the unemployed cannot expect that God will do everything, but they must take responsibility and search for a job, put in resumes and anything else that can be done and God will then do what the unemployed cannot do.
One must come to God in faith
The next key to receiving from God is one must come to him in faith. This means that a person must believe that God exist and that his word is true. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God because he that comes to him must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder to them that diligently seek him. People rarely come to ask help from someone they don't trust or believe in, and God is the same. He wants us to trust him with all of our heart and not to lean to our own understanding. He wants us in all of our ways to acknowledge him and he will direct our paths. How does faith come ? faith comes by hearing his word (Romans 10:17), repetition is the key to faith, hearing the word over and over until faith comes alive in one's heart. How can a person know that faith has come? a person will know that faith has come because their will be a confidence causing one to act on what is believed. For example when a mother hears for the first time that she is pregnant there may be no physical evidence, but there is a confidence that causes her to act on what she believes. The mother to be prepares in advance for the child by having physical check-ups, buying clothes and preparing the room all based on what she believes. When a person really believes God's word, they will act on it preparing in advance for what is being asked for.
One must act on what is believed
People do what they believe because accompanying belief is understanding. If a person does not understand their task on a new job for example, then they do not have the faith to act in the position. Only when they can understand their task does faith for that position come. The bible says that out of all thy getting, get an understanding because with understanding comes faith to act. No matter how much a person believes God, if there is no action, that faith is dead being alone. Once again a persons actions is a demonstration of what they believe. When Jesus would work a miracle, he would always demand that the party involved do something. He told the man with the withered hand to stretch it out, he told the man who was sick for 38 years to take up his bed and walk (John 5), he told the 10 lepers to go show themselves to the priest and they were healed "as they went" (Luke 17). Faith without works is dead being alone because what one is not willing to act upon may mean they really do not have faith.
Saying thank you is always said when a service has been performed or something has been given. Faith says thank you in advance because it knows the answer has already been performed. Philippians 4 says to not have any care or anxiety about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving to let one's request be made known unto God. Notice how thanksgiving is right up there with asking because God expects the one doing the asking to believe they have already received what they are asking for. Out of 10 lepers in Luke 17 only one returned to Jesus to say thank you while the other 9 continued on their way. Jesus asked about the other 9 because he looks for thanksgiving which is also an expression of a persons faith. The one leper who returned was made whole (spirit soul body) while the others were simply healed.
Be willing to share with others
Many who received from Jesus went and shared with others what great things he had done in their lives. Sharing with others gives hope to others who may be facing challenges also. God is no respecter of persons but he is a respecter of principles and those principles in the bible are for anyone who will believe.