John 8:32 (KJV)
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
We understood that the Bible contains truths, it becomes the truth to us when it is revealed by the Holy Ghost and hence makes us free.
James 4:3 (KJV) “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” Jesus, however, put it this way in John 16:24 “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” You may want to ask the question, what will you call the prayers I have prayed?
If you ask amiss according to James 4:3, it is interpreted by Jesus in John 16:24 as not asking at all. This is because he (Jesus) promised that we will receive when we ask in his name and his promises are yea and amen (1 Chronicle 17:1). John 16:23 (KJV) reads “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.”
How then should I ask in order to receive? Let the Holy Spirit help you. Challenges, problems or the unfavorable situations around you may chase you to the place of prayer but they certainly should not determine what you ask for.
Romans 8:25 (KJV) “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered.” When the Spirit helps us in prayer, the truth will be revealed and our freedom will come in response to the revealed truth. See Jeremiah 33:3.
Go into today trusting the Holy Spirit to help you in all things, prayer inclusive. He will guide you into all truth if you let him.
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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