Do you remember as a kid when you wanted something how many times you’d ask your parents for it? Usually until with full exasperation they reply with, “If you ask me just one more time, I’ll…” How persistent are you when you are praying and asking God for something? God never gets tired of us asking Him to meet our needs. It doesn’t mean that He will just give us everything we want. This verse is not intended to be interpreted as God will give us whatever we ask for. God, in his omniscience, knows what we need and what we do not. Sometimes, what we ask for He knows is not in our best interest and therefore He doesn’t give it to us. Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” The promise is that He will supply all our needs. Sometimes, He provides extra blessings and gives us our wants too. However, if what you are asking for is a need and aligns with His purpose for our lives, keep praying. Be persistent. When we get to heaven, I wonder how many blessings we will have missed out on simply because we stopped praying one prayer too soon. If God doesn’t provide, than know that he has something better in mind. It reminds me of a picture circulating around on Facebook where Jesus is holding out his hand to a little girl asking her to give him her teddy bear. She hangs on to the little bear as tightly as she can, not wanting to give it up, but what she can’t see is the big teddy bear Jesus has behind His back. God only wants what is absolutely best for us…so trust Him. Be persistent in prayer until He gives you an answer. If the answer is no, then trust Him that he has something better waiting that you can’t see yet.
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