As Charlotte ran down all the "fun" things that the three of them did today, I could only wish I could hear Devo's version of it! Nicole started the day down at the beach doing something called "boogie board yoga!" She sent me pictures of her doing a headstand on the boogie board out in the water, a backbridge, and some other crazy poses! She never got on a surfboard in her life, to my knowledge, and now she is doing yoga on one out in the ocean! Go figure! Nicole said that Charlotte had Devon up and ready to go early this morning (probably around 11), and then they started their "yard sale" blitz! They mixed in a few stores like Sam's and Walmart, but pretty much focused on scouring every available yard sale within a twenty five mile radius! Now Charlotte and Devon are down spending some time with Brenda Melucci! After I heard of their day, I then heard Nicole sum it all up, by saying "overall, it was a great day!" Great for whom? Nicole, yes! Charlotte, most definitely! Devon, "not so much!" There were a bunch of good sporting events on TV today, and he spent the day out watching his mother and sister try to beat some vender out of a buck or two! Are you kidding me right now? They say that's the fun of it, but I've never quite figured out the intrigue! Devo will have a "mouthful" when he begins talking again, and I'll sit and listen to every gory detail! Anyway, for those of you who were nice enough to include Devo in your prayers after his very tough day of coughing, he's been awesome ever since! Thank you faithful friends, and thank you Lord for answering our prayers!
But what about prayer? How come some are answered pretty quickly, some others, not so quickly, and some others, not at all? As near as I can tell, there are a couple of criteria that we, the prayer, needs to fulfill, before we can realistically expect God to answer our prayer! First, and foremost, a lot of prayers that we have offered are not offered according to His will! God cannot be persuaded to grant us a request that has not been asked according to His will! On the other hand, there is no limit to what we can ask, if it is according to His will!
The Apostle John goes on to say that there are prayer requests that God cannot answer because they are not according to His will and not for our best interest (1 John 5:16). James expressed it, "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures" (James 4:3). Selfish prayers will not be honored by God. Prayer is God's appointed means to receive what is best for us and others and to realize what Paul called "what God's will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will" (Rom. 12:2b). But what infinite power and possibilities there are in prayer that is according to the will of God. ( Bible.org)
And the other little caveat that must be met by all our prayer requests is that they must all be asked "in Jesus name!"
Is Your Prayer to the Glory Of God? The most searching question we face in prayer is whether our petition is for our own selfish interest, pride, or attainment, or whether it is really to the glory of God. Answers to prayer must always honor God and bring glory to Him. This is one reason prayer must be offered in the name of Christ. Christ assured His disciples, "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you... . the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name" (John 15:7, 16b; cf. John 14:13-14).
If we remain in Him, and His words remain in us, we can ask for whatever we wish, and we can expect that it will be given to us! WOW! If we direct all our requests according to His will, and ask them in order to glorify His name, we can realistically expect answers! We still don't get to know when that answer might come, but it definitely makes it a lot easier to persevere for the duration of the "waiting time" until that answer comes! When He does answer some prayers immediately, you can rest assure that you've asked for the right motive, and that that answer was in accordance with His perfect plan!
Jesus has this all figured out, but He loves to hear from His children, even if we don't always ask for things for the right motives! Keep praying, always ask in His name, and thank Him for every blessing that comes your way! Goodnight, and God bless! Dana