40-Day Prayer Challenge // Day 32
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” (Luke 11:13)
Parenting is one of the greatest challenges in life. It is amazing how the birth of a small child is able to release a huge reservoir of selfless love from the hearts of two people, and direct it towards someone they have just met. The most loving parents are those who desire what is best for their child, but resist the urge to grant every desire of their child. The Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Ask anyway.
Believing prayer is characterized by childlike expectancy driven by complete trust in a loving Father. When you pray, approach God with the expectation of receiving an abundant response to your request. Childlike expectancy accompanies believing prayer. Place your trust in a loving Father who longs to give His best to His children.
Nothing is too small or too great for a child to bring to a parent. Everything looks too big for them, so most of the time life appears very intimidating and overwhelming. Appearances can be deceiving. Children are not able to discern between what they need and what they want. They don’t have the problem solving skills that allow them to cope with most of the issues they face. Children need loving parents to lead them through life.
The Father in Heaven longs to guide you through answered prayer. Believing prayer places priority on asking the Father, leaving the results up to Him. Do not try to determine if your prayer request is valid or not. Place the judgment of the request in the hands of the Father, and allow Him to determine if your request is a pressing need or a selfish want. The childlike believe the Father knows best.
Easter Challenge: There only eight days to Easter. Is there a problem you are tempted to try, and solve without asking God for help? It is childlike to expect help from God. It is childish to reject His help and say, “I do it myself.” Let go, and let God.
Prayer for the Day: Father, thank you for the gift of Your Holy Spirit. Forgive me for taking His presence for granted, and refusing to seek His counsel in making decisions that impact my life and Your Kingdom. I need Your guidance and yield to Your Spirit, as He reveals the character of Christ in me. Help me influence my ONE to turn to You, and prepare their heart to accept my invitation to church services this Easter. In the name of Jesus, I pray. AMEN.
Believing prayer is the transfer of the promise of God into your problem. —Don Miller