Yesterday we unleashed our keyword for 2008...ASK! How many things have we not received into our lives simply because we did not ask. 1 John 5:14-15 tells us that our confidence in approaching God comes as we learn the art of asking. It says if we ask anything in accordance with His will, He hears us. What exactly IS His will? 1 Thessalonians 5:16 tells us that it is to be joyful always, to pray continually and the give thanks IN everything. A person that knows how to live a joyful, prayerful and thankful life has a conduit open for God's blessings to come in.
Imagine going up to the drive through at your favorite fast food place and sitting by the speaker without saying a word! That would be crazy. You're hungry and you crave something specific so you ask for it.
The believer should hunger and thirst for righteousness and if He is living right, when He asks God for the cravings or desires of his heart, they will be in line with God's will and they will be heard. This year before you pray, think about what you are asking. Ask out of preparation and not desperation. And when you ask, he hears you and you will know that you will receive!