Our Daily Elder Devotional
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Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.
Ask and Receive
Mark 11:24Amplified Bible (AMP)
24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.
Someone has said that before our prayers can mean anything to God, they must first mean something to us. Mindlessly repeating a prayer we memorized in childhood, or vaguely asking God to bless everyone, everywhere—that isn’t authentic prayer. Prayer is speaking to God about the deepest concerns of our hearts.
What is the source of true prayer? It is a heart attuned to God. It is a life lived in loving obedience to the Father. The Bible says, “and whatever we ask we received from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 John 3:22).
God delights in the prayers of his children—prayers that express our love for Him, prayers that share our deepest burdens with Him. Don’t pray casually or thoughtlessly, but “come boldly to the throne of grace, that you may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).