You didn’t study. I’m just talking about you need wisdom on a job decision. Let him ask of God who gives to how many liberally. What really and without reproach. That means he doesn’t withhold it. He doesn’t hold it back and it will be given to him. I’m just reading out the Bible. Does anybody need wisdom in your life Mt. Carmel Church? You got something going on your life right now. You need some wisdom. Pull James one five out. Let’s see, I need wisdom. Let me ask God who gives to all liberally and look at verse six but let him ask, or he or she let him ask in faith with no doubting for those who doubt or like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind for level.
Not that man or woman. Suppose that he or she receive anything from the Lord. He or she is a double-minded person. Unstable in all their ways. Notice what happens. So how do we pray? Here’s the practical, I’m just trying to give you some practical tips on how to do it. So I’ve told James one five out, five through eight, not say, okay. It says, if I need wisdom, I’m going to ask if God, so I go to prayer. I don’t just say, God, give me wisdom Mt. Carmel Church. I read this scripture to him and I say, father, you said, you said, I’m just telling you what you said. I’m not making up my desire. You said, if anyone needs wisdom, ask of you. So here I come. I’m asking you for wisdom on this decision. Now, I’m not going to be wavering. I’m not going to be doubtful.
I’m asking in faith, believing that you give to all liberally. So I believe you’re going to give it to me. I believe you’ve given me wisdom, Lord. So I receive it right now by faith in the name of Jesus. I still don’t know what I’m going to do, but I’m praying, receiving. I’m believing God. I’m trusting him. I’m thanking you, Lord. This is your word. Now when I don’t know what to do five minutes later, guess what? I bring that scripture back up. I said Mt. Carmel Church, Lord, I just thank you that I received wisdom. I received it. I believe I receive when I pray. Mark chapter 11 I receive it now so I’m praying for that. Another one, maybe you’re needing direction, your life problems. Chapter three, trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your understanding, but in all your ways.
Acknowledge him and he shall direct your path. These are practical ways of building your prayer life. We’re going to go into this next week when we’re talking about praying boldly, but we cannot pray boldly unless we get these first two steps. So number one sets a time in place. Number two, pray word-based prayers. Pray the Word, pray the word. Maybe you’ve never been taught how to pray. I used to pray this. You know what, God, whatever your will is Mt. Carmel Church, that’s what I want. God began to speak to me and say, Hey, find out what my will is and pray that back to me. Pray that to me. Why does it matter? Why does it matter? Jeremiah told us that he’s watching over his word to perform it. He’s not watching over Chad’s desires.
We’ll talk about that. But notice when it says, when his word abides in me and I invited him, it says, whatever you ask, he will do it for you. So I want to speak to you about setting practical steps coming up. This prayer and fasting. Start tomorrow. I want prayer to be a new value in your life. I want to help you with your prayer life Mt. Carmel Church. I don’t want you to get intimidated by an hour. I want you to start with 15 minutes. So we would reduce bow your heads and I want you to set your heart and just commit to say, God, I’m going to give you the first part of my day tomorrow, or I’m going to set aside a time and a place, whether it’s the first part later in the day, whatever, that you can set it aside.
So right now, just ask God to speak to you about this message. What are you going to take home? What’s your take-home? Maybe it’s about fasting. Maybe you’re going to step into fasting this week and start over these three days. You’re going to spend some time fasting, spend some time fasting. Maybe this week you’re going to stretch out further than you’ve ever gone and trusted God because remember, we’re pursuing more of him. We’re not just giving things up. That’s not the focal point. People ask me all the time, what am I fasting? I want you to ask me what I’m believing for. What I’m fasting is not a big deal. What I’m believing for us, the big deal, what I’m trusting God for is the big deal. Who cares if I can give up some stuff for a few days? I’m believing for miraculous things in 2020 so I’m willing to do whatever it takes to set myself apart to hear his voice Mt. Carmel Church.
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