If you are asking God for more things, remember what Jesus said in Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
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This means that if you want to get things, you must first give. Don’t become disappointed if you don’t get what you pray for right away. Don’t get mad at God – that is a distinct lack of faith – just wait, and enjoy the waiting. Jesus often tested people’s faith in various ways. One of the ways our faith is tested is that we have to wait for the answer to appear. Don’t complain, because that also demonstrates a lack of faith. The Apostle Paul reminded us that Jesus told him it is more blessed to give than to receive. That concept takes a long time to wrap your mind around and really understand and believe it. Meditate on it and you will receive joy from the Holy Spirit.
Think of a vending machine. If you keep putting a dollar bill in but it keeps spitting it out, then there is something wrong with the bill. It’s the same thing with prayer: if you keep praying and don’t get results, don’t assume prayer doesn’t work. Find out what you are doing wrong.
What is faith? Faith is not just intellectual knowledge. For example, James tells us that Satan believes in God, but the devil does not have saving faith. After studying faith for a long time, I really believe that you can boil it down to one simple equation: belief plus love equals faith. First Corinthians 13 is often called the love chapter. Verse 13 reads: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Faith is a very powerful thing. Hope, faith, and love are very closely related. Jesus told us that the most important command was to love God with all of our heart, strength, mind, and soul, and the second greatest commandment was to love others as much as we love ourselves. If you had to sum up the entire Bible in two words, it would probably be love and faith. From the book Amazing Power of Prayer http://wp.me/P2rHBL-M
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