I want to give you a tool to help you build and maintain your faith to receive that which you want…
When someone gives you something or does something for you, you say “Thank You.” The point is, “Thank You” applies to things that are PAST TENSE.
Be sure you tell the Lord “Thank You” for all that He has done for you and given you so that you stay connected to that which He has done for you and given you.
But now, what about things you want and desire that you don’t now possess?
First, it starts with asking. Matthew 21:22 – “Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” This is the asking part.
Then, be GRATEFUL for what you’ve asked God for.
Start telling the Lord, “I am SOOOO GRATEFUL for <that which you want manifested>”
In other words, I want you to start using the word GRATEFUL to apply to things that are FUTURE TENSE.
Let’s explore this a bit further…
Ephesians 5:20 – “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”
Colossians 4:2 – “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving”
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 – “Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Colossians 3:17 – “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
First, we must realize that “All Things” and “Every Thing” applies to that which has been manifested and that which has not.
Second, we must LIVE and OPERATE where that which we want manifested is FOREMOST in our mind. Specifically, notice “Always”, “Continue”, “Without Ceasing”, and “Continually”.
If we analyze The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13), we can see that prayer means giving glory and honor to God, giving thanksgiving for His goodness, asking Him for what we want, asking Him for protection and guidance, forgiving those who’ve done us wrong, all with the SOLE interest of glory to God and expansion in His Kingdom.
Now, most people view prayer as something that is an EVENT. Certainly, we should set aside time for prayer – it’s in OUR best interest to do so. But, we must also recognize that prayer is more than just an event. Prayer should also be a STATE OF MIND.
When we continuously maintain a STATE OF MIND that is focused on God glorifying His name through us combined with GRATEFULNESS for that which we have asked God for, we can EXPECT to see that which we want MANIFESTED in our life.
So, ask for what you want in prayer and then start letting God know how grateful you are that he is giving you that which you desire.
One more thing… If you feel an internal twinge when you express your gratefulness (assuming you’ve asked for something that is good and Godly), then recognize it as doubt, unbelief, and fear in you. Reject and rid yourself of all doubt, unbelief and fear.
Remember, “It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32) and “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
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