One of the ways we communicate with the Father is to make a request on our behalf or for the benefit of another.
To Receive What You Ask for, we are to ask according to His desirous will
And this is the confidence which we have towards Him, that if, perhaps, we ask, as a lessor to a greater, something according to His desirous will, He hears us. And if, perhaps, we intuitively know that He hears us, that which perhaps we asked for ourselves we intuitively know that we will have the thing asked for which we ask from Him, 1 John 5:14 – 16
We are to ask in faith
Taking God at His word. He states that if we ask according to His desirous will we will have what we have requested.
When asking for wisdom Scripture states …but let him ask in faith, without doubting, for the doubting one yields as a wave of the sea driven by the wind and tossed, James 1:6
God is able to provide beyond what we could even consider possible. God spoke the universe into existence, what could you possibly ask that is beyond His natural ability to perform?
Now to the one having the natural ability to do exceedingly above all things which we ask for ourselves or think, according to the natural ability, the one working in us, Ephesians 3:20
Notice: No response from God is not an answer to your request, it means He did not hear you.
Why Do we Ask but not Receive?
We ask so that we can freely spend it according to our own pleasures
You ask and you do not receive, because you ask incorrectly, in order that you may spend it freely by your own pleasures, James 4:3
Testing your request before asking to determine its quality
- Are you seeking for your own pleasures?
- Are you keeping (guarding) His commandments?
And that which, if perhaps, we ask we will receive from Him because we are guarding ones of His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight, 1 John 3:22.
The Commandments for a Christians are: Abide in Christ, John 15:4; 1 John 3:24; Believe on His Son, 1 John 3:23; Love other Christians, John 13:35; 1 John 3:23
- Are you asking according to His desirous will, or yours?
- Are you taking God at His Word? (Basing your request on a promise from Him to the Church)