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INTRODUCTION: Apparently, people have always needed to know what God wants from them. It’s true that He has revealed what He wants … and expects. But people have attempted life on their own terms, and what God wants of them gets “lost” in the darkness of human wisdom and striving. Then comes another reminder (sometimes in a deafening or dreadful way) of what God wants of us. My purpose this morning is simple: I want to think about this matter of what God wants from us.

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I. HE WANTS OUR ATTENTION.

A. People forget God!

One of the greatest benefits afforded to every Christian is the privilege of answered prayers. In the Bible, Jesus made this tremendous promise, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matt 21:22). However, despite the Lord’s willingness to answer prayer, it is obvious that some prayers have gone unanswered. Why is this? The following are the most common reasons why some prayers do not get results:

1. Lack of Fellowship with God and His word

John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

Do you know what your future will be like?

You can know your future by just listening to what you are saying today. With your words you are prophesying your future. Your words have creative power, power to create your future. What you are experiencing today is the result of what you have said in the past. And what you say today will be what you will experience in your future.

People who are always talking sickness will see more sickness in their bodies. People who are always talking defeat and failure will experience more of the same in their future.

This next prayer secret gets into the real heart of learning how to properly and effectively pray to the Lord. This revelation is coming direct from Jesus Himself.

I call this particular secret my fighting verse whenever I have to approach God in prayer for something specific. The reason I call this secret my fighting verse is because in this verse are the three main conditions that sometimes must be met before the Lord is going to want to answer any specific prayer request you may have.

Here is the verse where this powerful and profound revelation is being given direct to us by Jesus Himself:

Remember when Peter was walking on water? He was doing fine, until he took his eyes off Jesus and allowed fear to overtake him. When Peter became fearful, he began to sink. This still holds true today. Fear, will cause us to sink. Faith, in God, will enable us to swim. What we must understand is that God does not give us the spirit of fear. He gives us the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

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