Welcome to my new ongoing Monday series, Prayer from A to Z, where you’ll receive coaching and encouragement to make your prayer life soar.

Listen. I mean, really pause and listen, and you will hear your heavenly Father whisper to your heart. Ask me.

Sometimes we hold the misguided notion that in prayer we shouldn’t ask too often. But if God is our provider and every good and perfect gift comes from Him, then why wouldn’t we ask of Him? What other source do we have?

God’s word tells us we have not because we ask not (see James 4:2). Of course, prayer is much more than merely asking for things—it’s a holy, ongoing conversation with our Creator; the same One who loves you and longs to give you the desires of your heart. (See Psalm 37:4)

We can even dare to ask our big God for big things, because for Him nothing is impossible. (See Luke 1:37) I ask for a lot, because I don’t want to get to heaven and find out that God had much more for me than I ever dreamed of asking for. And I think those daring prayers please Him.

So this week when you’re praying, go ahead and ask God for the secret longings and big desires of your heart. He’s listening.

Keep on asking, and it will be given to you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking reverently, and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)

If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven, perfect as He is, give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him! (Matthew 7:11)


Susan said...

I love this idea, Julie! A-Z praying, beginning with Ask - I'm with you on asking for the big stuff. I'd hate to get to heaven and have the Lord open a box of stuff I could have had, if only I'd asked Him.

The thing I'm asking for right now is a greater awareness of His presence, and a heart to know Him more intimately. That's a prayer that always gets a YES :)

Unknown said...

Thanks Julie, you really get it. Sadly, too many people see God as a genie or they are too afraid to ask for anything. When we understand that He is our provider of everything and put Him first in our lives, then we can ask for anything, confident that all we desire is in line with what He wants for us.

Thanks you for making that clear. Keep preaching the truth.

Cheryl Barker said...

What a great idea for a new series on your blog, Julie! I'll be looking forward to what each new letter brings. Blessings to you!

Cindy in PA said...

Julie I look forward to your Thursday feature, "More Jesus in My Day"...and I am excited about this series too. You are a blessing! Thank you.

gretchen said...

Julie, I'm going to use your A-Z idea's to pray forJosh and Madeline : )
My "ask" prayer is that God clearly guide them as they make big decissions for their future.

AmyAlves said...
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AmyAlves said...

Hi Julie,
I'm so glad you found me, so I could find you... I love your blog! I'm excited to keep coming back! -Blessings, Amy from www.fullherlife.com

Leslie Basil Payne said...

Isn't it amazing the God of the Universe invites us to ask! Thanks for the reminder.


So simple ... ask.

I am looking forward to this series.

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