“Ask, and you will receive that your joy may be full.  John 16:2

The lack of joy in Christian hearts may often be traced to a failure to discern the difference between the prayer which is only supplication, and that which takes its reward from the outstretched hand of Jesus.  Too often our prayers seem like lost vessels; when, in fact, they have landed with a rich load of cargo, but we have not been at the dock to claim what is our own.  Perhaps these rules may assist you to acquire this blessed art:

  • Be sure that what you ask is according to the mind of God, offered in some promise or precept of Holy Scripture.
  • Ask simply and reverently.  Use the name of Jesus; that is, stand in Him, and plead for His glory.

  • Dare to believe that God does hear and answer your prayer altogether apart from the flow of emotion, or the rapture of conscious possession.

Go your way and reckon that God is faithful.  Count on Him as bound to keep His Truth.



--F. B. Meyer


About the Author: Frederick Brotherton Meyer was a Baptist pastor in England and an active participant in the early Keswick Convention—an evangelical Bible teaching series that began in 1875. A friend of D.L. Moody and A.D. Dixon, Meyer influenced inner-city mission work and revival on both sides of the Atlantic. He lived from 1847 until 1929.


Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for healing for a person who has back issues. Pray that he or she will be able to move safely.

  • Pray for a young man in a troubling situation. A female friend has grown so infatuated with him that she has left her husband to pursue him. Pray that he will be strong with the strength of the Lord and able to resist temptation. Pray that she will be released from this spirit of deception and return to her marriage. Pray that she and her husband will know Jesus and rely on His strength to stay together.

  • Pray for a young woman in a difficult marriage. Both she and her spouse were raised in the church but they are not living for Jesus. There has been constant arguing and even violence throughout their relationship. Now she is cutting herself.  Ask that they will reach the end of themselves and turn to Jesus. Pray that she will be safe until these issues are resolved. Pray they will both get solid, mental health counseling soon.

  • Pray for Tom to have spiritual strength and consistency, discernment and leading by the Holy Spirit.

  • Pray that Chris’s wife would be healed of the pain from their past and that their marriage would be restored.

  • Pray for Joan who has been struggling with an eye infection that is not getting better. Pray that she and the doctors will have great wisdom in knowing what treatment to pursue. Ask too that God will totally heal her to His glory.




Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us, and if we know that He hears us, we know we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. - I John 5:14-15