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Are We Supposed to Ask God for Anything We Want?
Still, if God is a wise and loving Heavenly Father, He will not give us the serpents and scorpions we so often do ask for. He will say no. Sometimes, when we persist in asking, He does give into our requests because He can see that the only way for us to learn the danger of our request is to actually handle the scorpion for ourselves. Still, He does not delight in hearing or answering such requests, even when His Fatherly wisdom condescends to our requests.
I have found over years of walking with the Lord that I rarely ask for the things I truly need in the best way and with the best intentions. But my Father is wise and loving, patient and kind. He will deny harmful requests and give me what I need instead. He will also sometimes give me a small dose of what I think I want, so I can see that it's not what I need after all. And through it all, I have found that the simple pattern of praying the Lord's Prayer and the Psalms and other prayers from Scripture really is the best, wisest and safest path!
Prayer from Psalm 119:153-176:
Look on my affliction and deliver me,
for I do not forget Your law.
Plead my cause and redeem me;
give me life according to Your promise!
Salvation is far from the wicked,
for they do not seek Your statutes.
Great is Your mercy, O LORD;
give me life according to Your rules.
Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
but I do not swerve from Your testimonies.
I look at the faithless with disgust,
because they do not keep Your commands.
Consider how I love Your precepts!
Give me life according to Your steadfast love.
The sum of Your word is truth,
and every one of Your righteous rules endures forever.
Sin and Shin
Princes persecute me without cause,
but my heart stands in awe of Your words.
I rejoice at Your word
like one who finds great spoil.
I hate and abhor falsehood,
but I love Your law.
Seven times a day I praise You
for Your righteous rules.
Great peace have those who love Your law;
nothing can make them stumble.
I hope for Your salvation, O LORD,
and I do Your commandments.
My soul keeps Your testimonies;
I love them exceedingly.
I keep Your precepts and testimonies,
for all my ways are before You.
Let my cry come before You, O LORD;
give me understanding according to Your word!
Let my plea come before You;
deliver me according to Your word.
My lips will pour forth praise,
for You teach me Your statutes.
My tongue will sing of Your word,
for all Your commandments are right.
Let Your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen Your precepts.
I long for Your salvation, O LORD,
and Your law is my delight.
Let my soul live and praise You,
and let Your rules help me.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant,
for I do not forget Your commandments.