His Truth Will Set You Free

Listen to what Jesus says; “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

Anything you want – just ask


What’s holding you back? Why don’t you have everything you want? Are you taking Jesus at His word?

“Ask and it will be given to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

Judging by how often Jesus encouraged us to ask, I don’t think He wanted us to be timid about it.

“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19)

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:22)

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” (John 15:7)

“I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 16:23)

Ask… ask and believe… ask in His name. So why don’t you have everything you want? Why don’t I? I’ve been thinking about this for the past couple of days. I ask for quite a lot, and I sincerely believe I’m asking for things that are in line with what God wants; like healing for friends, salvation for loved ones. Yet what I ask for is not always granted. Why?

Did Jesus lie to us? I don’t believe that. Did He really not mean what He said? I don’t believe that either. The only thing that makes sense is that Jesus told the truth. So if my prayers are not being granted, I need to look at me for a fix.

The answer is simple, and we all know it: we need to ask with faith. We need to believe that God will give us what we ask for, and we need to ask in Jesus’ name. Okay, I believe and I ask in His name – but I still don’t have what I want.

Yet, do I really believe? That’s the real question I’ve been pondering the past couple of days. Do I really believe that God will give me anything I ask for? We’re talking anything here? Not just trivial stuff, but big stuff as well.

When I ask God to heal my friend of cancer, do I believe He will do it? I believe He’s capable, but I have to admit, most times when I ask for prayers of healing, deep down inside I don’t really expect God to do it. What kind of belief is that?

It’s like my son who recently came to me at 10:30 in the evening and asked, “You wouldn’t be willing to let me spend the night at David’s, would you?” He asked for what he wanted, but he didn’t expect me to give it to him (and I didn’t). Is that how we sometimes ask God for the things we want?

I ask you, next time you go to your Father in prayer, ask with certainty, ask with expectation. Don’t just believe, but expect God to answer. Don’t just believe, but depend on God to give you what you want. Rely on Him.

One final thought. It’s not just you I am thinking of; I’m also thinking about those who are not Christian. What kind of message do they see in how we pray? What kind of image of God do we paint for others to see? Do people see an all-powerful, gracious and generous God? Or do they see a weak, stingy God? Imaging if you will what the impact would be if all Christians asked and received whatever they asked for. What a powerful statement of God’s love, power and reality.

I’ve given one example of why I think we don’t receive what we ask for (we ask without certainty and expectation). Please add to this with ideas of your own.


Author: CJ Penn

First, my writing isn't about me. Don’t want the attention, don’t want to feed my ravenous ego (yep, I’m just a typical pride-plagued human). But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some writing before heading off to work. I write because I’m passionate about God, Jesus, His Spirit, and His truth. And, I feel the Holy Spirit gets shortchanged in the world we call Christianity. The truth is sometimes lacking too.

8 thoughts on “Anything you want – just ask

  1. I ran across your blog today and I really related to what you have here on your blog. You see i am a struggling christian… anyway, I have added you to my blogroll and was wondering if you might add me to yours? Either way, thanks for the great experience of visiting your site. I’ll be back. Thanks Morgan


  2. Very beautiful post. God gives us what we need because God is Love, perfect love “which casteth out fear.” However, he gives us ideas to get the things we need. God is Spirit, not matter. Thanks for your post.


  3. God said to Israel

    If thou shalt say in thy heart these nations are more than I, then how can I dispose of them? If we say our problem is greater than what Jesus did for us at Calvary, then we are not walking in faith. Our problem might be sickness, sin or financial, but whatever it may be, we are to trust God to bring us through.

    For the Bible says, “ Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” So, confess God’s Word, stand on God’s Word and see yourself delivered.

    The Ark will keep out the water, the Red Sea will part, Goliath will fall, the walls of Jericho will come tumbling down, because Jesus Christ has risen, He has won the victory. So, child of God, have faith, live by faith, for Jesus said,

    “I will never leave you or forsake you”.


  4. I think the key lies in the verse:

    “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” (John 15:7)

    When remain in him and he in us, we are walking in his will for our lives. Then what we ask is aligned with his will. If we are walking our own path, what we ask may miss the mark. Does this make sense??


  5. Hello Krishna,

    What you say makes perfect sense. And one thing I like most about walking in God’s will for our lives, is that’s where I will find the most peace and joy for my life; since He will give me what I ask for (which as you say, will be in alignment with His will).
    I could see some folks claiming this is some kind of brainwashing by God, or some form of weakness on my part because I am somehow tricked into believing that I am praying for and receiving what I want, when in reality I am praying for and receiving what God wants for me (since by walking in His will, I am strongly influenced by His will).
    But I see it differently. For me, by accepting God’s will for my life is not weakness, or giving up, or being gullible, or any such thing. Accepting God’s will for my life is the ultimate in wisdom and humility. Wisdom because it takes wisdom to realize that God, being the ultimate power in the universe, is far more qualified to influence my life, than I am. And humility because it takes humility to accept that fact. And it takes humility to actually let go and let God influence me.
    I really just wanted to give a quick answer to your question, but I must be in a talkative mood today. Thanks for visiting.


  6. Krishna,

    I just ran across the following verses in 1 John, and it made me think of your comment:
    “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15)


  7. Dear Father in Heaven My Prayer to Keep The Kids On My street in Prayer… Pray For there mama & daddy’s to They will get save to
    In the Name of Jesus. Pray God keep Our Family from Harms God keep us safe in His Arms…. Father I do pray for. Pray for Each Family Live on same rode I do Pray for there Employment, Peace of Mind. Order, Guidance Healing Relationship Prosperity Employment Peace of Mind
    Guidance Gratitude. Mama & Daddy Teach there Children’s Right from Wrong. Teach Children’s Who Jesus Christ Is. Family Pray to Gather. In The Name Of Jesus Christ. All The Power & Glory Belong to You Father in Heaven. Thank You Jesus Die on the Cross for Our Sin… Dear Lord we ask you to cover us with your protection against all harm and evil and to bind every spirit that may come against us. Into Your hands Dear Lord I commend my body, mind, soul and spirit. In The Name Of Jesus Christ
    you’re Beloved Child

    His Truth Will Set You Free
    Listen to what Jesus says; “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32 NIV)
    Jesus said, “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John#14:13,14). That is a fantastic promise! But it must be understood properly, because simply adding “in Jesus’ name” to the end of every prayer doesn’t guarantee an answer.


  8. This has had be driving myself nuts !!!! But I think Jesus knew and understood what he said, what it meant when he said it. He KNEW (we) his children how we would see it, understand it to mean. He said it in that way bbecause that’s what it means.. I think we analyze things to death. It means exactly what Jesus said…
    Ask … I think maybe we give up asking too soon. I havew another
    “Whosoever shall pray my Rosary shall obtain all asked of me”
    Now, do you think Our Mother has hidden meaning or it’s simply the truth. She is not asking for perfect faith. just don’t give up asking
    I have done this twice in my life, and both times recieved what I asked… I feel we make it more complicated than it has to be. She knew what she said when she said it.. As did Jesus. I think two people who never would lie to us, we can trust their word.


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