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Ask Almighty God And You Shall Be Granted What You Ask For/ Elias Bejjani

"If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink". (John 07/37)
No matter what we ask Almighty God for in our prayers, He definitely shall listen attentively to our requests and respond in the time, way, mode and manner that He sees with His great wisdom and love  good, fair and appropriate for us. If we fully trust in Him, obey His Commands, and pray with faith and sincerity, there is no doubt that He will hear and come to our rescue when we call on Him. 
Almighty God always responds to our prayers, but because of our very limited human intellectual capabilities, we do not entirely understand or grasp how we were helped, when and where. "You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it. "(Matthew 21/22)
It is very true that Almighty God knows not only about all our acts and conduct, but also, He is fully aware all the time of all our thoughts and intentions. He knows what our needs are, and also what we want before asking Him, but still He wants us to take the initiative, talk to Him, share with Him, let Him know what we need and most importantly fully trust in Him.
He is a loving Father and we are His children. A  loving father will always listen to His children and give them all that He has.  Even bad and evil fathers give their children all what they ask for and need, if these fathers have in their possession what their children are asked for. "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone" (Matthew 7/9). "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him" (Matthew 7/11)
Some people and because of their lack of faith and hope might question, defy, argue and say, if God truly is our loving Father and knows all that much about us, then why we even should ask Him for what we need, or bother to pray for Him?  They blindly continue to say, If He is our father then He has the duty and obligation to provide us with all our needs without any terms, conditions or praying rituals.
Wrong thinking, wrong approach and wrong attitude. Our Father wants to be sure that we His children truly love him and that we are always fear Him in all what we do, think or say. He wants us to be respectful, loving, forgiving, modest, sincere, transparent, helpful, friendly, obedient, generous and share with Him all our burdens, hardships and fears. He wants us to ask Him for all that we need. "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 07/07"
The answer to this kind of futile and childish thinking is very simple and comes under the broad title of freedom. God granted us full freedom through His crucifixion and gave us the free choice of either to follow His commandments in both acts and rhetoric, or to do other wise, follow the devil's temptations and live as sinners.
This gracious and unlimited freedom will end and expire on the Judgment Day when we shall be either rewarded or punished according to our life time span acts and works. "Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest". (Matthew 11/28)
Almighty God, our loving Father wants us to obey Him in a bid to be qualified to return to His heaven. "And receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him"(01 John 3/22). "My servants will sing out of the joy of their hearts, but you will cry out from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit". (Isaiah 65/14)
Those of us who do not obey are punished and thrown in hell to pay for their disobedience and sinful earthly life. "But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 8/12). "The wicked man will see and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing." (Psalm 112/10)
�For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord� (Romans 6:23).
"I love the Lord, because he hears me; he listens to my prayers. He listens to me every time I call to him". (Psalm 116/01-02)
In conclusion, we are God's children. He gave us the freedom to maintain this parental holy bondage in a bid to return to His heavenly mentions, or to break this bondage, abandon it, follow our sinful instincts, and give up the eternal life to end in hell. Because He is a loving and caring Father He is always ready to listen and respond to our prayers. So let us pray and pray with, joy, faith, hope and trust.
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (0I Thessalonians 5/16 and 18/16).
All what we need to do is to ask Him for our needs and put our burdens on His shoulders and no evil thing can effect or control us. "What shall we then say to these things, If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans.08/31".

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