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That was our Pastor’s challenge. When we ask God for blessings, we often ask mousy petitions, for limited blessings, and are reserved in the favors we ask Him.

On top of that, we ask using words that express apprehension, tainted with a bit of doubt.

Instead, our prayers need to be bold, sure, and expectant. So, I decided to give it a try. And found myself asking God with that boldness drawn from His Word, with Jesus’ authority (the same one displayed by His disciples) and with the conviction Paul exhibited before all those he met.

In my prayer time, I asked the Lord to grant me favor on this particular day. Not sure what that favor would be, I didn’t focus on the specific blessing. Instead, I asked, with an expectant spirit and an anticipating heart.

Well…here’s when it happened. While doing some errands today, my mom and I stopped at a Christian bookstore. We walked in and the woman behind the counter recognized me. And in an angelic voice said, “A group in my church is doing the Bible study in your book.”

As you read this, such news might not be a big deal. A host of people have given me feedback about my book. Most gush about the impact it made in their lives. But few ever mention the Bible study in the back. (I’ve secretly wondered if I failed in creating the study’s effectiveness.)

So, needless to say, her announcement filled me with incredible delight.

Thank you, Lord, I wanted to shout…You did grant me a wonderful favor.

I’ll keep asking. Not because I want, or I’m greedy, or even because I feel I deserve favors, but because God said you have not because you ask not.

Hello here! I invite you to ask Him…and as His will is orchestrated in your life, those favors you seek will pour from heaven.

And with the same confidence, I thank Him for all favors--- for closing doors that don’t align with His will, and opening wide those that do.

His invitation is clear: :Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7-11).

Praying you take action and make your petitions vibrant, clear and with an expectant spirit.

Janet

p.s. I’ll be sending my free February newsletter next week. Would you like to receive it?

Just send a blank email to: splash_of_inspiration@getresponse.com.

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