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ASK IN FAITH
By Bryan Matthew Dockens

My four-year-old sons have an interesting way of wording their requests when praying. Instead of asking "Please let Miss Marilyn find a job" or "Please help Miss Colleen and her baby", Hunter and Orion tend to put it this way: "Thanks for Miss Marilyn to find a job" or "Thanks for Miss Colleen to have her baby".

These two boys of mine have a tough time putting their thoughts into words, I know, but there's something delightfully encouraging about the way they express themselves in prayer. They're already thanking God for what He hasn't done yet.

"With thanksgiving" is how we are to "let [our] requests be made known to God" (Philippians 4:6). So, they already got that down.

More than that, though, James taught, "Let him ask in faith, with no doubting" (James 1:6), and that is what impresses me so much. Thanking God for what He hasn't done yet indicates such tremendous confidence that their requests will be fulfilled. Jesus said, "Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them" (Mark 11:22-24).

May we all be filled with such simple, trusting faith.

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