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    Posted: Oct 24 2013 at 8:57am

Making Big Requests of God

By Dr. Charles Stanley

Read | John 14:9-14

Jesus often spoke about the role of prayer for the believer and the church. He guaranteed His presence when two or more gather in unity to pray. He also promised to act whenever believers speak to God in the authority of Christ’s name. Jesus taught that God is to be the focus of our petitions, and He showed by example that the basis for ministry is communion with the Father.

If we want God to release His power into a situation, it’s important that we do two things:

First, we must depend solely on Jesus’ merits and mediation. Our new life as children of God began when we acknowledged our helplessness and accepted Christ’s substitutionary death on our behalf (Rom. 5:6). He acted as our mediator and reconciled us to the Father (1 Tim. 2:5). If we want God to do mighty works in and through us, we must continue in that same spirit of dependence on Christ (Gal. 2:20).

Second, we must separate from all known sin. At the cross, when the Savior paid our penalty for transgression, sin’s controlling power over us was broken. However, its presence remains in this world and also lingers in us. Gossip, laziness, gluttony, and selfishness are commonplace occurrences. The remedy for every sin is to confess it to God, turn away from that attitude or behavior, and receive God’s forgiveness and cleansing (1 John 1:9). He uses cleansed vessels.

If we are going to make big requests of God, we must come to Him with clean hearts and hands—that is, solely on the merits of His Son Jesus.

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God isn't a genie inside a lamp who will appear whenever we rub the lamp, grant us a wish and then we can go back to be ourselves. What the text above meant with "come clean with hands and heart" is an attitude change, which means following the word more and focusing on God.

Some people get upset with that because they think "well, i like having sex"LOL and they are not married. If we are sleeping around, it is not a big deal. God won't send you to hell for sleeping with 20 people kin your lifetime.

But I am sure it disappoints God when He helps us out in something big and then we thank Him and the next day we won't help someone or turn around and talk shyt about someone. That isn't Christian, because Jesus would have helped the other person, and Jesus wouldn't talk shyt about someone else.
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