After Brother Jesse Duplantis ministered a powerful message last night at River City Church, he walked through the congregation and ministered individually to many of God's children.  To my surprise, he walked down the aisle and took me by the hand to minister the Word of the Lord to me.  What he said was this:  You have God's full attention.  He is listening.  Just put your requests before Him.  Just ask Him for what you want.

As I was driving home, the Lord spoke to my heart to tell me that that very Word is for each and every one of you.  Doesn't God tell us in His Word to put our requests before Him?  

Philippians 4:6-7 says, "Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

You are His child.  He is listening to you with open ears and a willing heart (Psalm 17:6; 40:1).  You have His full attention at all times.  He cares about you intimately.  He cares about what concerns you, about your hopes and dreams, about any pain or trouble through which you are walking, about your family, about your work.  He cares about everything that you care about and more.  He is right there with you, walking beside you.  He designed you; he knows you inside and out.  He loves you and wants to help you.  Just talk to Him.  

Do you know the other thing that struck me about the Word of God spoken to me by Brother Jesse?  He did not say "request," but "requests."  That's plural.  Immediately after Brother Jesse had spoken over me, I thought of the biggest concern of my heart, and asked of the Lord to handle it.  The Lord whispered into my heart, "That’s just one."  I paused and readjusted my thinking.  God was reminding me that He doesn’t have any limits; only people have limits.  He assured me that I could ask for more than one thing...anything, everything that concerned my heart.  He reminded me that nothing is too big, or too small, or too difficult for Him.  Boy did I start pouring out my heart to Him.  Do you know what He answered?  "Yes and yes and yes again!"  I felt like a kid in a candy shop!  Doesn't Jesus say in His Word, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsover ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you.  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy shall be full."  (John 16:23-24).  That's God's heart for us.  He wants our joy to be full, complete, lacking nothing!  He wants us to ask Him and depend on Him to be faithful to His Word, because that's His character.  That's Who He is...Someone, The One, we can trust to perform His Word.

We serve a big, loving, compassionate, merciful, and gracious God!  He is looking to bless you, His very own child (Prov 3:33; 10:6, 24).  The Word says, God "delights in the well-being of His servants." (Psalm 35:27).  Just talk to Him.  Tell Him all about it.  Pour out your heart to Him.  You're in loving Hands.  He will not disappoint you.  

Praying that "your joy may be full,"

Lisa Marie

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this:  Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption.  I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life.  I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me.  Amen.