Know the Limitations

There are times in Scripture when “anything” does not mean “anything.”

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John 14:14 – If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

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Oh what a joy it is to come before our Father knowing that we can receive whatever we desire.  The Scriptures are replete with the promise of such from our Father God, and if God said it, that settles it.  he is upholding all things by the Word of His power.  God and His Word are One, and it is impossible for God to lie.  However, there are certain elements that must be in order so His great promises to us of answered prayer and possessed confession to work for us.  Please allow me to use a natural example.  I have an automobile; it is a good one and in excellent condition.  But when I get in it to drive, I don’t expect it to operate under all circumstances.  The battery needs to be charged; there must be engine oil in the engine; there must be gasoline in the tank; and among other things, the electrical system must be operating properly.  If these elements are not in place and functioning properly, my automobile will not fulfill my expectations.    But when I get into it, I don’t consciously think about all those things.  Because I properly maintain my vehicle, I fully expect it to work as it should.

This principle also works as it relates to prayer.  I have a God Who answers prayer, and I know what I can expect Him to do; He WILL fulfill His Word at all times.  At the same time, I know there are certain elements that can completely shut down my prayer life.  Unforgiven sin in my life stops God from hearing my prayer, and He does not answer what He does not hear.  My prayer must be according to His will, so I must know what His Word declares His will to be.  And please note that while the thing for which I am asking may be His will, if my motive for asking is wrong, then my asking is wrong.  And while my writing here is not exhaustive on this topic, it does establish the sound Biblical basis for what I am writing.

A properly developed prayer life is a finely-honed mechanism of relationship between Father God and His child.  There are many kinds of prayer; petition, supplication, dedication, commitment, agreement, binding and loosing, thanksgiving, praise, worship, and intercession.  And just as there are many kinds of sports, and the same rules do not apply to all sports, so it is with prayer.  Know the rules of the kind of prayer you are praying and apply them properly.  Broken rules do not produce results in prayer. 

Manna for Today – John 14:1-14; Mark 11:22-24; John 15:7; Luke 1:37; James 4:3; Matthew 17:19-20; Psalm 66:18; Psalm 37:4; Isaiah 58:13-14; Hebrews 11:6; Matthew 18:19-20; Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:19; 1 John 5:14-15; Hebrews 1:3; Isaiah 55:8-13

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