“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” — John 15:7-8
Exactly how bold will you dare to pray? Do you have the right to come into the presence of God and make certain demands of Him? What are your rights, your limitations and your boundaries when it comes to the issue of prayer?
The Greek word “ask” destroys any religious suggestion that we are lowly worms who have no right to come into the presence of God. It also destroys the picture that we must pitifully beg and plead for the things we need from the Lord. You see, the word “ask” is the Greek word “aiteo” — a word that means to be adamant in requesting and demanding assistance to meet tangible needs, such as food, shelter, money and so forth.
Although this word “aiteo” means to demand or to insist, it does not give a person license to be arrogant or rude in his/her approach to God. In fact, in the New Testament, the word “aiteo” is used to portray a person addressing a superior. The person may insist or demand that a certain need be met, but he/she approaches and speaks to his/her superior with respect and honor.
When you know you are praying according to the will of God, you don’t have to sheepishly utter your requests. Rather, you can boldly assert your faith and expect God to move on your behalf. God wants you to act boldly and courageously in prayer. He wants you to seize His will for your life and demand that it come into manifestation. He’s just waiting for you to ask!
— Ted Winsley, Philadelphia Eagles chaplain
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