The Bible says in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” And in Mark 11:24, Jesus said: “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” So, let me ask you: Why do we ask God for things, but then get discouraged when they don’t happen in our time and try to make them happen ourselves? It is clear from both of these verses that one of the keys to receiving from God is faith. God honors faith. But so often, we allow our selfishness, pride and impatience to get in the way of our faith. We want it NOW! And when it doesn’t come now, we begin to question God and His faithfulness to keep His Word. Jesus said in Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” If you’re a child of God, then that scripture applies to you. Your heavenly Father has already planned, prepared, and provided everything for you. As the song says, He is your Way Maker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the Darkness. All you have to do is ask Him for what you need and desire, and then wait patiently for Him to provide. If what you’re asking for is in line with His Word and will for you, then you can expect it to happen. God loves you, and wants you to trust Him enough to ask Him for what you need. But He also wants you to ask in faith. That’s what He meant in Mark 11:24, when He said, “believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” If you’re not asking in faith, then you’re wasting your time. Don’t ask God for something, and then try to make it happen yourself. Practice walking in faith daily, knowing that God is faithful and true to His promises and will do what He said He will do. Read and study His Word, apply it to your life’s situations, and then trust Him to make the right way for you.