NO CONDITION TO ASK FOR ANYTHING

Fulton Oursler tells of an experience when he was a small boy, dressed in his Sunday best and warned by his mother not to leave the front steps.  “We’ll be walking over to see your aunt” she promised.  He waited obediently until the baker’s son came by and called him a sissy. Then, little Fulton sprang from the steps and hit the baker’s son on the ear.  The baker’s son pushed him into the mud puddle, splotching the white blouse with slime and leaving his stockings with a bloody hole in the knee.  Hopelessly, he began to bawl. When the affair was over, forgetting his disobedience, young Fulton rushed into the house and asked his mother for a penny to buy ice cram from a peddler who was going by.  He said that he could never forget his mother’s answer.  “Look at you. You’re in no condition to ask for anything.”  
 
     Oursler said that many a year passed after that incident before it dawned on him, “that often, when we ask help from God, we need to look at ourselves; we may be in no condition to ask Him for anything.”

     Many times God cannot answer our prayers because we are not ready for His answer or we are in no condition to be used by God in His answer.
 
     Prayer is NOT asking God to change His world to suit our own selfish needs.
     Prayer is NOT giving God His orders for the day.
     Prayer is NOT a lifeboat to be launched only in emergencies.
     Prayer is NOT magic to be used to get what we want.
     Prayer is NOT in reality getting what we want.
     PRAYER IS PLACING OURSELVES IN GOD’S HANDS SO THAT HE CAN DO WITH US AND IN US AND
     THROUGH US WHAT HE WANTS.  

     Prayer is simply God’s children communicating with Him.  Prayer is not so much asking for something as it is a means of getting close to someone, even God.  We do not believe in prayer, we believe in God who has given His children the privilege of prayer.
First John 5:14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

2 Responses to “NO CONDITION TO ASK FOR ANYTHING”

  1. I love all your Devotionals. When I read them they are just like you are there in person. Keep up the good work because so many are blessed thru you.

  2. This may be the best you have written. It is a great reminder what prayer is all about. I am sure we are all guilty of being selfish. Keep up the good work.

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