Believe God exists. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb. 11:6). The quickest way to make a person angry is not to acknowledge them in any way. They speak, you do not listen. They ask a question; you do not answer. They try to be kind; you dismiss any actions.

Embrace God’s sovereignty. “Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all” (1 Chron. 29:11-12). God is the Creator and the ruler of the universe. He has a right to make the creation the way He wants, apart from human approval. Bow before your Lord and King.

Appeal to God’s tender heart. “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him” (Psalms 103:13). He who loved His Son, ask Him to love you in Christ.

Plead the precious promises of God. “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4). There are many promises in the Bible. Write a check on them by faith and present them to God.

Be obedient to the known will of God. “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). A father will do more for an obedient child than for one who is disobedient and rebellious.

Hide the Word of God in your heart. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalms 119:11). Parent’s love to be quoted. They rejoice when their children repeat in a positive way what they have learned.

Do not ask inappropriately. “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:3). James says we ask and receive not for we ask inappropriately. We ask for that which we will only consume in our lusts.

Ask humbly. “Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity” (Psalms 118:25). God is not to be demanded of, but appealed to humbly to supply whatever is needed.

Ask expectantly for God likes for His children to believe in Him. Therefore, “ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (James 1:6).

Ask persistently as a child repeats a request for a desired object. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matt. 7:7). Weary the Lord with humble persistency.

Cry Abba, Father. “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15). There is an intimate relationship between Father and child illustrated in the life of Jesus. “And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt” (Mark 14:36).

Never doubt the love of God for you. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell.
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell.

The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall;
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call;

God’s love, so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;

To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry,
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.”

~Frederick Martin Lehman

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