Today’s Key Scripture

“You do not have because you do not ask.”

— James 4:2

Most believers pray general prayers and wonder why there are no results. The Bible says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

Make sure your petitions are definite and specific. Take all the time you need to tell God about your needs. Then pray in faith, believing to receive.

If you don’t call on the Lord and make your needs known, how can you expect His answer?

Your prayer must be focused, targeted, and precise. Remember, nothing becomes dynamic until it becomes specific.

We acknowledge our dependence upon God through cooperation with Him and obedience to His direction as it is revealed to us through prayer. God is concerned with the things that concern us and will provide for all our needs in a timely fashion, if we ask in faith.

Don’t hesitate to ask—it is the first level of effective prayer and intimate communication.

He is concerned about our needs, but it is wise to remember that our need, first and foremost, is Him. We should say, “Lord Jesus, I want You. I want Your substance. I want Your fullness. I want You, above all!”


A Prayer for Today

Father in heaven, I’m so grateful that You love me, even though I’m not worthy of Your love. I am only made worthy because of Your sacrifice on Calvary’s cross. Remind me, dear Lord, of what Your sacrifice truly means. I ask for Your help in keeping my eyes on You. I trust You. I give You my life daily. Give me a heart that trusts You. I desire to move deeper and deeper in intimacy with You, even as You desire to take me far below the surface in my relationship with You. I’m Yours, Lord. I pray all this in Jesus’ holy name, amen.


*All Scripture references are NKJV unless otherwise noted.