MEMORISE: And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any
thing according to his will, he heareth us: 1 John 5:14
READ: 1 JOHN 5:14-15
5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing
according to his will, he heareth us:
5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have
the petitions that we desired of him.
Many people do not know that there is power behind asking and receiving. If you
do not believe this, study the story of Jesus and His disciples’ encounter with
the demon-possessed boy in Matthew 17:14-20. Only the children of God can
decree a thing and have it established (Job 22:28). This is why it is important to
be born-again if you want to possess the power to ask and to receive what you
ask for. The boldness to ask (in faith) and the power to receive belong to God
and He gives these to His children.
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should
pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with
groanings which cannot be uttered.”
Romans 8:26
In light of the above scripture, there is a need to be filled with the Holy Spirit in
order to possess the power to ask. In other words, the power of prayer is given
by the Holy Spirit. The disciples of Jesus found it difficult to effectively pray
when the Holy Spirit had not come upon them. The story in Matthew 17:14-20
confirms this and also the several instances where they slept instead of praying.
However, when the Holy Spirit came upon them, they were not only able to pray
effectively, they started decreeing things (Acts 4:31). Another resource from
which the power to ask can be derived is the immutable promises of God as
contained in His word. Such promises like the promise of Jesus in John
16:23-24, makes the power to ask tremendously available.
However, it is one thing to have the power to ask and it is another thing to have
the power to receive. It is amazing that sometimes, when God releases blessings
to some people, they tend not to have the power to receive it. Peter experienced
this and he almost missed out on God’s blessing, but for the mercy of God.
When he encountered Jesus at the lake of Gennesaret, he pleaded with Jesus to
get away from him because he was guilt-ridden (Luke 5:8). To possess the
power to receive therefore, we must have faith in Jesus. Also, we must keep our
mind void of offences (Psalm 66:18). Moreover, our prayer must not be marred
with lust or ulterior motives (James 4:3). I pray that you will be empowered to
ask and receive from today in Jesus’ Name.
Father, grant me the power of effective prayer so that whatever I decree here on
earth may be established in heaven.


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