Scripture teaches us to “ask and expect to receive”, not “wishing and hoping that God will grant”. The notion of expecting to receive is a theme of this study: To gain a fundamental understanding of the truth of what God teaches us about prayer, and how He wants us to approach prayer - especially when it comes to praying scripture. Let’s re-read these passages:
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13)
“Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask (in my name) and you will receive that your joy may be full.” (John 16:24)
Rev. Dr. N. Patrick Marica contributes incisive Christian commentary on this blog on a regular basis. He is the Vice-Chancellor of Amherst Theological Seminary, and he has a D. Min. from Amherst Theological Seminary. He has his MA from Liberty University in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is the author of the book: "The Walk Applied: Living the New Creation Life as a Citizen of God's Kingdom in a Secular World". He has also written "The Fasting and Prayer Handbook". He has been married to Kathy since 1985. They have 2 adult daughters and an adult son.
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