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Are you asking for the right stuff?

That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength! (Ephesians 1:18)

I ask... These are powerful words. Ask God for something and you are sure to see some form of action on his part. It may be to open a door, while closing another. Asking is done with the intention of receiving something, right? there are three things we can ask for and actually should continually ask for in our lives. To be made discerning, to have focus, and to really begin to grasp the immensity of God's work in our lives.

To be made intelligent and discerning is the beginning prayer. Why? We all need even emotions that don't act against us as we navigate through life. We need stability in our minds so our actions are faith based and not impulsive. How do we gain this type of , "Intelligence"? We ask and then we continually focus on maintaining a very close and personal relationship with him.

Focused and clear eyes are really a result of the first prayer. As we enter into his presence, we begin to surrender to his love and care, allowing him to create a clarity of focus and intent. How many times do we lack direction and just drift without any particular focus? More than we may want to admit! As hard as it is to admit we don't possess clarity, it is unwise for us to move forward without it.

Asking indicates we expect to receive. A child doesn't just dream...he asks. Why? He desires to know...seeks something outside of his grasp...or hungers for what brings enjoyment. Why would it be any different in our relationship with our heavenly Father? We ask...expecting to receive. Ask to have your relationship enlarged with him and you will never be disappointed by what happens next! Just sayin!

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