Day 7
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And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared."—Mark 10:35-40

This is not the first time the disciples had introduced the topic of "who is the greatest" — as self-incriminating as it might be. Not too long before this, Jesus confronted the disciples about a secret debate on the same subject.

But notice how patient Jesus is. Given a debate about selfish matters, Jesus still allows his men to ask a precarious question. He listens, providing space to process their request. And instead of scolding them, he kindly explains what they want is not possible, letting them learn through the experience the limits of their wishes.

We should love this moment and learn from it — that Jesus wants men to ask. Asking, even when the motives are wrong or the request is impossible, is a means of learning. It is far better than not asking and never learning. And Jesus is never irritated, scolding, or impatient, so maybe it's time to pray and learn? Today acknowledge everything you have prayed for over the last week. You have asked. You have confessed. You have thanked God in prayer. You have prayed for a friend. And you have shared an unreasonable prayer request. Now today reflect on what you have learned! God's classroom is the best class and he is a great teacher, but we must ask and learn from Him.

DO THIS:  This is our final day of focusing on the spiritual discipline of prayer.

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

Share: in the comments below, something you learned while talking with God. For example, "I learned that God was eager to hear" or "I learned that I needed to ask not just for one thing but many."

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455 thoughts on “Ask & Learn

  1. Elliot Matziaris says:

    I learned that God loves you and is with you everyday but to truly have a relationship with him consistency with prayer is very important, it is a daily action not just on ones own terms.

  2. Nick. S says:

    I learned that praying outloud to God is so much more rewarding and discovered he is very willing to hear my prayers.

  3. Bob Smotherman says:

    I learned that God knows our inner most thoughts, even we don’t know how to ask or properly say them. That’s where the Holy Spirit takes over and we need to listen for that wee small voice and and be aware and act on God’s “nudgings”.

  4. James J Echelberger says:

    I have learned that I can ask God anything and not worry if I’m going to be yelled at or ridiculed or told how stupid the question is. But that God will give me attention and answer my question sometime it’s yes sometimes it’s no and sometimes it’s having to patiently wait. (Which I have slowly been learning)

  5. Vincent J Eible says:

    I learned that if I ask, and ask, and ask, and ask some more, Jesus will bring my mind and my heart around to listening for the answer.

  6. Ken Johnson says:

    1 Timothy 4:6b, that I would be a worthy servant of Christ Jesus.
    Willing to selfless and be Jesus’s hands and feet here in this temporal world.

  7. Daniel says:

    I learned that my prayer needs to be varied and I need to have eyes of Christ to look around outside of what’s usually just in front of me.

  8. Jim Kroyer says:

    I have found talking/praying to the Lord as my friend is strengthened by also praying for that need with a trusted brother.

  9. Cephas says:

    Doing CTA everyday is a must and I liked it. For us men, how about a acronym ACTS since we love action …. which stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication…. same as CTA but easy to remember.

  10. Rich E says:

    I learned how important it is to pray consistently and boldly while turning my heart and mind to Him.

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  11. Dan says:

    I believe that to ask of Him in love, is to trust He will answer in His will and to be blessed with His answer and His teachings is to be trusting to His strength and wisdom that would become the strength and wisdom received to live for His glory.

  12. Jesse Winger says:

    I have learnt that whether I receive an answer from God or not that God is still with me and cares for me. Just like I don’t always answer all my son’s questions, but I am right there participating with him in life

  13. Bryan says:

    I learned that God isn’t looking for the perfect words to pray, rather just to have a conversation with Him. I also learned that I needed to ask Him for many things.

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  14. Mark says:

    I was reminded that God wants us to ask him for anything but that tough he answers us it is not always the way we think his answer will come.

  15. S.M.Elder says:

    This week has taught me that my prayer life was lacking. Spending more time in prayer has brought me closer to God

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  16. Ken Johnson says:

    I learned that I could and needed to ask my Lord for many things, praise, confession, needing to loving one another, share my weaknesses, share my dreams. There is no condemnation from the Lord, only infinite love, refuge and always a friend.

  17. Eliot Duncan says:

    I pray regularly for the leaders of our nation that they would be touched by God to follow his Word & turn to him for guidance. I do not pray boldly enough for family & friends as I should, but will strive to do so more often.

  18. Jeff Falley says:

    I learned that the more I ask for the more I am richly blessed maybe not in what I asked for but what I needed at the time.

  19. Jeff says:

    I learned, (or was reminded) that it is ok to ask our Father for anything and then be patient and thankful for the answers.

  20. Corey Holstine says:

    I have learned that with new levels comes new devils. It is critical to keep pressing in to the high call of God. The enemy only has the authority to use his power through any sin I allow in my life.
    The mind is a battlefield, having to take captive every single thought of every single moment!
    Staying in God’s will, I am blessed and protected and have the wonderful name of Jesus and Gods living word as my weapon of choice 💪
    Glory be to God!!!

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  21. Eric says:

    My prayers and requests are the same. God and Jesus both know my heart. I however must learn that my time table is not what is in their plans and that patience is truly a virtue

  22. Daniel says:

    I learned, just because he says “yes”, it still means I have to be patient and wait. And its always worth waiting for.

  23. John Krumm says:

    I came to a better understanding that I could be honest with Father, and He understood and appreciated that honesty.

  24. Gregory Kuhn says:

    That I have a Heavenly Father who wants to be in communication with me…that I am not “bugging” Him or “bothering” Him…but that He is pleased when I come and have an honest conversation with Him.

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  25. Eric says:

    His is patient and listens to my self boasting. He always kindly brings me back to reality.
    Our God is a patient God!!

  26. Bjorn says:

    Learning to pray for God’s will, not my own will. Prayer often changes my heart and actions, not the heart and actions of others.

  27. Gino says:

    Yes, God can do anything……but
    there are certain things God can
    “Only” do as transform lives. I learned this week that when I don’t have the ability to fix or change something, or somebody, God can “only” do that through our prayers and trusting Him to do so.

  28. Kevin Tucker says:

    I have learned that God is far greater than i have asked or imagined. He knows my needs before i even ask him.

  29. Scott Lokey says:

    He listens to all our prayers, but His answer is based on His will not ours. As we grow we should learn to discern His will more and more.

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  30. alex says:

    I am pretty sure that is attempting to teach me all about Patience and Faith. Be Patient Alex…Be Faithful Alex…It will all work out in the end! Thank you Lord for the continued lessons.

  31. Tim E says:

    Ask and you shall receive and your joy shall be complete. I forget this little piece of scripture too often.

  32. Ben Moody says:

    I learned that God wants me to come to him recklessly, about anything , holding back nothing , not even my selfish desires, he just wants me to come to him and pray to him.

  33. Gary Vosen says:

    I’ve learned I need to be patient. I need to trust and obey. I need to repent and seek God’s Will in my everyday life.

  34. Matt Smith says:

    I learned that God is always there to pour my heart out to: my needs, fears, dreams, and everything else I can think of.

  35. Stephen Merkle says:

    Talking to God has helped me see the daily “God” moments that I missed or simply ignored before

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  36. Alex Coon says:

    I’ve learned prayer along with the time and effort to be in the position of the act of prayer can lead to pleasant surprises.

    • Cory Baron says:

      I learned what I need be praying for. The ability to STOP and just LISTEN. Poor listening simply leads to apathy. Whether it’s friends, family or God. Be patient and just LISTEN. Be present, not judging and stop worrying about what everyone else thinks.

  37. Charles Peter says:

    I learned that getting up in the morning, meeting on-line at 6am with other men to pray is a blessing in it self. Thankyou Father, in Jesus’ name.

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  38. Coach says:

    I learned that after I ask in prayer, that I must stop and observe and listen for the answers to those prayers.

  39. David Danhauer says:

    I learned to actually ask for impossible things, for everything is possible with my Father God.

  40. Dave Benson says:

    I’ve learned I need to be more fervent in prayer. On the days that my prayer is just a quick add on, I feel distant to God.

  41. Gerald Waddle says:

    I learned that you can ask for anything and all things in prayer, not just for provisions but for blessings. I’ve always thought it was selfish to ask for more and to ask for more than one or two things.

    • Merrill Reitenbach says:

      It is interesting that Jesus did not scold these disciples for their selfish request. I think part of the lesson is that we can be open with God about what’s truly in our heart and mind. I’m reminded of David in many of the Psalms with his petitions to God, but in the end he would give God the praise and honor due Him.

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  42. Lynn says:

    I learned that if I ask God hears but satan also tries to make your thoughts go astray. Be strong and focus.

  43. Ryan says:

    I learned that I must trust God’s timing and plan for my life, even the things I want to happen right away. I must be patient, trust God. I can’t force things and play God

  44. Jeff Kuhn says:

    I’ve learned that I have a lot to learn!! Seriously. I know that God hears my prayers, my cries for help and for my relationships with my wife and sons.

  45. Kevin Allex says:

    Drawing closer to God.
    Even though I pray for things, that I need to be patient on God’s timing.
    I need to have more focus and self discipline.

  46. Mark says:

    I’m learning that God wants to fulfill his plan his way. I try to solve all my problems in my own strength and in my way. God teach me to depend fully on you.

  47. Eric says:

    I’ve learned that some of my prayers were answered and some weren’t. However, the ones that “were not” are actually just on hold for maybe it’s not the right time in God’s eyes. Sometimes I get frustrated at God’s timing and then have the realization that it’s just “MY timing and impatience” that I am REALLY frustrated with as I want it when I want it. So, that just spurred another prayer for patience today. I’m so glad that GOD has the patience I DON’T!!!!

  48. Gary says:

    I learned my prayers are becoming somewhat monotonous, I need to be more intentional with my prayer time.

  49. Sam Blower says:

    I am learning that there are no “stupid questions” to ask, or “irrational desires” to ask for when praying. What these do for me as I pray “out loud” is to not only hear myself and be able to began to process what I am asking for, but also this opens up a dialog with God and helps me to be better able to hear and process what He is telling me. And it is OK when He simply says no.

  50. Michael Mahony says:

    I’ve done a deep dive into the root of my sin nature and in response, see clearly how living a Spirit filled life frees me from it… Jesus is not only the answer but the only way.

  51. Chad says:

    I learned that when I ask if I acted than there were opportunities to either learn and grow in those areas.

  52. David G says:

    As men at times we feel our prayer requests have to be structured and exceptionally meaningful, yet God bids us to come with the faith of a child and no request is to simple or ridiculous

  53. Salvatore Augeri says:

    In asking the Lord, I learned to be patient in waiting for His response and had confidence that He would 🙌🏻 provide a response.

  54. Kevin says:

    I still find myself not asking for things because of the shame I feel. Like I don’t deserve and answered prayer. Over and over the bible says that God loves us and casts our sins as far as the east is from the west. I remind myself of his grace and I feel relieved that he is always close by and his plans are in motion.

  55. Steve George says:

    I have been convinced that the word of God is to be displayed through my life not just my words, so the world can see the reality of his presence and ability to deliver us from evil.

  56. Chris says:

    Prayer in the morning sets my mind on Him and keeps me focused on continually speaking with Him all day

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  57. Darin Palmer says:

    I’ve learned that taking the time to talk to God during prayer results in me having a good day! He has the answers for me I just have to ask and listen!

  58. Steven Harden says:

    God really wants us to open up to Him to share what is heavy on our hearts. Rely on Him in an not ourselves daily in all things.

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  59. SHELDON Bullard says:

    I’ve learnt that God invites us to ask of him, He listen, and he always answers it may not always be the answer that we may want but he always answers

  60. Joel Walls says:

    I learned that prayer is a great way to be friends with the master! I want to talk to him about everything! And the responses are amazing! He has literally moved mountains two weeks in a row!

  61. Harvey Hansen says:

    I learned that God listens to my prayers each morning during my prayer time, but that I can walk and talk to him at any time of the day. God in his own time will answer my prayers. And I can share prayer with others. Thank you lord for being there for me.

  62. Billy says:

    I learned that God ALWAYS responds and I have to be able to listen to what He says or see what He does and not just listen for what I want to hear or see just what I want to see.

  63. Mark says:

    I’ve learned to ask God for everything that I think of, and praying out loud keeps my mind centered on my talking to God and not wandering

  64. Johnathan says:

    I am reminded that a true relationship with God is so important to a happy and fulfilled life. The focus this week has been amazing and I feel so humbled and blessed already, and it makes me want to be more of a blessing to others.

  65. Justin says:

    I have learned that God can handle- and WANTS to hear- whatever is REALLY on my heart. No flowery language necessary.

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  66. Jack Dellinger says:

    I have learned God wants me ask, listen and wait. Often He has better for me than my original request, but it requires waiting for me to get myself lined up with Him.

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  67. Troy Theye says:

    I have learned this week from God that some of my prayer requests were not necessarily answered directly but other wonderful things always seem to happen that compliment my original requests. Look at the big picture. He is always there in some way revealing a path with great direction.
    Thank you Jesus!

  68. Jon Creel says:

    I have learned that not only should I pray. But that I need to. There is a nee inside of me to talk with him and something is missing if I don’t.

  69. Taylor says:

    I have learned that God does not want us to be unhappy or suffer but He needs us to be patient while he prepares us for what we are asking for.

  70. Rafael says:

    I learned that Jesus dont mind us asking questions. No matter how selfish or crazy the question might be. Thank you Father!

  71. Steven Turner says:

    I along with a group of guys ask fro: Protecting forfriend in N Africa, Help then with $5000 to relocate. God to keep raising up the church in Brazil

  72. Jeff says:

    I have learned and come to really appreciate that fact that Prayer and communication with God is so AMAZING!

  73. Bill says:

    I’ve learned talking with God more openly about all my troubles or crazy thoughts lifts the heavyweight and gives me a much clearer viewpoint

  74. Richard says:

    I’ve learned that God is faithful, and able to accomplish what I think is impossible. THANK YOU JESUS!!!

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  75. Rubin Paxton says:

    I have learned that when I ask, He may not answer right away. It could days, weeks, months or even years for Him to respond!!

  76. Dean Wendler says:

    I have learned that God wants and does take care of me. I just need to ask to maximize God’s love for me.

  77. Robert Miranda says:

    I learned – Though shall be called, Sought Out. Isaiah 62:12
    God sought me out !!! Me !
    Incredible. Incomprehensible.

  78. Bill says:

    I learned He truly is a good good Father and He knows what’s best for me. He provides all my needs according to” His riches in glory”.

  79. Ken McClatchey says:

    I’ve learned the peace and comfort that comes from time spent with Jesus in prayer. The calmness that results from my time spent before our Lord.

  80. Benjamin says:

    I learned that god will listen to all prayers no matter how selfish or crazy it seems. Bu then that brings me to the question of how does he answer those questions today and what would that look like?

    • Brady Ellis says:

      I have learned that God only wants a relationship with us! Just like we do with our kids just at a higher power… a higher purpose and just as we do for our kids, He just wants us to talk to Him with an open heart and open mind and not hold anything back

  81. Denny says:

    I already knew but was reminded again and again this week that God can use terrible situations to reveal His Glory and mercy and Grace.

  82. Boyd says:

    I learned that God is all right with my anger about work or other things. But I should still just be that good worker and good decision-maker at those times I’m angry.

  83. UJ says:

    I I’ve learned that I need to press in more deeply. Not just with a finger but with a whole hand. Not just a hand but my arm. Not just an arm but with my chest, against Jesus’ chest, wrapping my arms around him and holding on tight. Till my grip allows me to lift my feet off the floor. But then when my strength wanes and I’m about to fall, I realize that it’s Jesus who is holding me! And he will not let me fall. Wow!

  84. Brad says:

    I was reaffirmed that God’s timing is perfect. Multiple things happened this week that were most certainly from above, and only God’s perfect timing could have brought them to all happen in the right sequence.

  85. Will says:

    I have learned again that God wants to hear all of my requests. They can be crazy or unreasonable, and I should be crying out to Him when things are most difficult looking for help. He is listening, and I know it.

  86. Walter says:

    I learned, again, how marvelous the ways of God are. How he has brought great things from the ashes of tragedy. He indeed does work all things for the good. Praise the Lord!

  87. Mark says:

    I think I’m learning to praying bolder prayers. I’m naturally a bit more of a realist and that spills into my ‘ask’ of God. I think God is challenging to trust Him with some big requests and see what He does!

  88. Eric says:

    I have learned that God is patient and understanding. When thank Him for everything he helps me.
    Third day has a song take it all. I love the chorus.
    “Take the first take the last, take the good and take the rest, cause I cant take it any longer. Take it all.

  89. Dave W says:

    To trust that the Holy Spirit will be at work in me if I have courage enough to step up where God calls me.

  90. Lynn Shank says:

    One of the most horrific, challenging, and concerning times of my life occured during late 2015 and early 2016. During the middle of one night, I arose from my chair, looked at a cross prominantly displayed high on a wall and yelled at God, exclaiming, “What do you want from me?” Then, a quiet, firm, loving voice within me said, “Trust me.” Many times since that experience I have been reminded that the greatest thing I can ever do is to follow that directive voice which said, “Trust me.” I encourage others to always, regardless of the situation, TRUST in the One who knows all, whose timing is perfect, and whose love for us is abundant. Praise Jesus!

  91. Dave says:

    This week, I learned to be patient and let’s God’s will direct me. I have to remind myself every day…but I will learn this lesson

  92. Ryan says:

    I learned that God is always quick to listen and He is joyful to hear our needs and requests and to answer in His perfect timing. He loves it when we approach Him as a child in desperate need.

  93. Dallas says:

    I need to be more encouraging and watch the words I use. Also how hard it is for me to pray the 5 minutes without fading of into some other thought .

  94. John says:

    I learned I needed to be bold with my ask and not try and polish it! God enjoys when we pour out everything he already knows.

  95. Dennis says:

    Prayer is just talking to God, but asking specific prayer goes deeper. There is a difference in general conversation and a request. I want to have a deep enough relationship with God that my praises to Him and my requests are on equal footing. I believe in Him and I believe in prayer.

  96. John P Goushian says:

    God is patient with me. He wants me to run after and ask of Him unabashedly AND expectantly.

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  97. Darrell says:

    I learned that what I needed to ask God for it had to be spoken.(action) I had to get it out not just thinking about it. Confession, praise, etc.

  98. Charles Culver says:

    This was a great lesson today. I call it the “ask and learn session.” I know what I’m asking for from God but am I truly willing to learn from Him. It doesn’t always feel good, God’s decision, but I need to accept it and learn from it.

  99. Nick says:

    I’ve relearned that there is no limit to how many problems He can fix. Unload your heart on Him and He will lighten my burden.

  100. Sheldon says:

    I’ve learn that life is a journey and that we should slow down and enjoy the process. don’t be so hard on ourselves God is still working on us to conform us into the image of his Son

  101. Dustin Blais says:

    I’ve realized, praying out loud helps me to complete my thoughts and prayers and brings me closer to my heavenly Father.

  102. Tolentino Edgar says:

    I learned this week that as I find time with God, my relationship with him is strengthened. This present Coronavirus pandemic if not for his words in Ps91 and Ps119 assuring us that he is in control, I should have been in highest fear today. But thank God for his word. Puting my TRUST in him makes me ask everything I need.

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  103. Ron says:

    I learned again that to be with God in prayer is to be centered for all the immediate uncertainties and my anxieties; and having spent more time in prayer this week, feel much better prepared for the chaos the world around me has been thrown into – and to be a servant in Jesus name, in this hour.

  104. Gordon Schlegel says:

    I’ve realized that I’m no longer capable of being excited about anything (Day 4 Challenge). Too much cold water promptly thrown on much of the excitement I may have felt over the years. And when it wasn’t drenched with cold water, it was something I had no business being excited about, because I would have done myself real serious harm if I’d moved forward with it.

  105. John Stainbrook says:

    I learned that I can be specific in my requests with the Lord. And any and everything is important if I share it with him.

  106. Dave says:

    I dont take enough to God, try to keep do it my self or hope or expect others can or will. Need to confide in Him.

  107. Jeff says:

    I learned that spending even just a mere five minutes alone with my Lord, laboring through focused and effectual fervent prayer, can avail much (James 5:16)!

  108. Conrad says:

    I learned how incomplete iam without God in my life. Apart from him I cannot do anything. I will always be depwndent on him in every aspects of my life and to the people around me.

  109. Bryan says:

    Spending time speaking with God really helps me; Really helps me focus, calm down, and remember what is important.

  110. Cory Bullock says:

    It has been very encouraging reading all the comments from some of the men in our small group. It motivates me and affirms that God wants this group to be togther and that HE is working in all of us!

  111. Doug says:

    This week has reinforced some things I knew, but needed to be reminded of: God longs to be in intimate fellowship with me, He stands ready to answer my prayers, and absolutely nothing is impossible for Him!

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  112. Gary E says:

    I asked for the most impossible things that I don’t deserve but I know as one of his children he hears me,and that’s what’s important. My redeemer and my healer.!

  113. Jason Davidson says:

    It is okay to ask for what you need. It is okay to ask for what you do not have. It is okay to ask for anything unreasonable, just remember that he is our Father and we can ask anything from him.

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  114. Earl says:

    I learned god never gives you more then you can handle! Never be afraid to ask for bold things! Express your love to each other!

  115. Chris Keeper says:

    I learned to be ever watchful of the enemy, to keep the armor of God on and stay in His word daily

  116. Brian says:

    I’m realizing that my biggest distractions from time with God, my kids, are also one of my motivations to seek my personal growth with God. I want to lead my kids to Christ and in order to do my part well I need to be seeking personal growth as well. My heart needs to be focused on God if I’m going to convey that very importance to my kids. I’m thankful that God can use this desire to do right by my kids to nudge me into a closer relationship with Him.

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  117. Tix says:

    I’ve learned to thank God in advance while praying for others and myself knowing He will handle the situation in His way and in His plan even if it’s not my plan or wishes

  118. Randy A Lintz says:

    I learned that when I put His Kingdom and His righteousness first, building a close relationship, then everything else I need will be provided. Christ first.

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  119. Micky says:

    I’ve learned that my compassion for others is up and down at best. I will remain mindful of what I say and do that it might honor my father in heaven.

  120. Lee Bailey-Seiler says:

    I’ve learned that I need to pray to God’s ability rather than my perception of my needs. That His Will is more effective than my desire.

  121. Chad Husted says:

    What I asked the Lord yesterday was audacious. So I asked that my mind and desire for what I asked would be changed if it is not in His will to grant me.

  122. Justin Robinson says:

    I learned that God is always faithful. Even though I didn’t give him every area of my life because I didn’t trust Him, he has shown me how much he cares for me.

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  123. scott kelly says:

    God speaks to your heart. When I listen and ask God direct questions, through the years, I have heard God’s voice in my heart as clearly as if I had heard it audibly.

  124. David Clarke says:

    Dave S C – It is good to know that God loves to hear us pray, and will answer our prayers in the way that is best for us, even though it may not be initially what I asked for. I think alot about how Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy will be done”

  125. Tom says:

    I’ve experienced Jesus is always good – and He’s always with/for me – I just need to tune in and obey.

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  126. Don says:

    I have learn that in this crisis God has sent out Good Samaritan, some off them my neighbor and friend. God is Good !

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  127. David Steinquist says:

    Often i can be like James and John, wanting to know what the reward is. Lord, help me to realize that my relationship with you is the reward and all I need.

  128. Dave says:

    I learned/reinforced, even when I don’t know what to pray, the HS brings things to mind. When I come quietly to Him in prayer, even if I start out slow or it feels awkward at first, He gives me words.

  129. Matt R says:

    This past week, I have been reminded, time and time again, that God is in control, He knows everything about me, and He loves me… even in difficult times.

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  130. Paul Tomes says:

    Through my daily devotional prayers and requests of God I’m finding a new peace in these troubling times. I’m understanding more how the Apostle Paul felt about serving God in this life but yearning to be in heaven with Jesus.

  131. Eric M. says:

    God is teaching me patients during this week of asking. Funny how that is an area that I struggle with:). He REALLY does know what he’s doing!

  132. Jon says:

    I have learned that God is listening and often answers in midst of my struggles. In thinking about my anxiousness of these times and fear for my wife and daughter who are seeing patients everyday a thought popped in that my fears are a selfish and inward focus. The best way to deal with them is to look outwards toward others and what I can do for them in these uncertain times. The smallest act of caring can bring joy to those who feel themselves alone in their struggles. It’s not the first time that God has subtly slipped and answer into my head. I can’t help but laugh at times that he got me again.

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  133. Jesse Dennis says:

    Praying and asking God and believe that he heard my prayer , know matter the out come it is alright its in his hands not mine .

  134. Jacob Michael Lamen says:

    This is funny, I tend to get my messages from God from others trying to help me find my path and for that, I’m grateful. De Colores!

  135. Brad Hatfield says:

    God has far more faith and joy in his creation of me than I do of myself. He is working on my heart to undo the worldly imposed changes I’ve made to my character and bringing me back to my true self.

  136. Tony says:

    I need constant daily interaction with Jesus and the Holy Spirit to keep on track. It is so easy with what is going on in the world today to become distracted which can lead to sin. Thank you for this devotional series. It is helping me stay focused on what is rally important.

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  137. Duc says:

    Thankful to have Hope and Peace in Him throughout this season and another. Glad to be able to reflect and meditate on Who He is and who I am in relation to my Heavenly Father.

  138. Rory c says:

    I found out God will always be there to help, And also wants to hear and feel that your all in and trust his plan.

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  139. Brian Winckler says:

    This week I realized that I can ask for anything and face no punishment for asking. God answers , not always how I want, but always answers.

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  140. Church says:

    I have learn that through continued prayer and seeking answers through prayer that the Lord in his time and way will, show or provide the way.

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  141. Warren Campbell says:

    I have asked Jesus some off the wall questions but I never got any off the wall answers back. Jesus is the fruit of the Spirit in the flesh. One of my questions to Christ is can you make me a mirror image of yourself.

  142. Loryn says:

    I’ve learned that even though He knows what we need before we do, He still wants us to ask it. He is in control in the storms of life, but we need not fear, only trust

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  143. Steve says:

    I learned that I actually need to sit quietly before God… Not just thinking I’m sitting quietly… But actually sitting quietly with an open heart before the Lord.

  144. Paul says:

    I learned – praying for 5 minutes isn’t as hard as I thought – and BIG prayers are a good thing?
    Another day – growing closer to my savior
    Blessings to all you guys

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  145. Chris says:

    I learned that it is okay to ask for unreasonable requests. I should be going to God with my hopes and dreams. Also in this time of worry, I should not worry but take it to the one above.

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  146. Joe Middleton says:

    I pray but I need to do a better job at praying for God to work in and thru me and not the simple prayers that we all do. I need to man up and allow God to break me and rebuild me so he receives all the glory for the work.

  147. Richard Gady says:

    There are a list of topics that I can say have over fillied my cup. Health, economy, my mother, family and the list goes on. The other day my wife reminded me of the promise given in Phil 4:6-7. Like the disciples I put the wrong things first, not that they are not of concern. I pray to keep me on track, remain in Jesus and not use the I, me and myself as a foundation of faith.

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  148. Brad says:

    I have learned and continue to learn that God is with me…through the good, bad and ugly. He has placed people in my life, some just for a brief time and others for a majority of my life, to help me learn this and feel His presence. I am thankful of this.

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  149. Chris says:

    I want to cling to Jesus every minute. I do this when I am hurting but when I feel good I become arrogant and think I can do it on my own. I want to be transformed

  150. Rick says:

    I have learned and been reminded just how fragile life really is we know this but what a reminder! Just a few short days ago who would have thought that we could not go sit down and eat at Cracker Barrel, could not watch the Braves in the evenings,, or even go see your mama in the nursing home, have your temp checked when you get to work each morning, and on & on. But with all of this happening Jesus has gave me amazing peace and comfort!

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  151. Eric says:

    I realized that it was me holding up God’s influence in my life – not God. Once I got myself out of the way, things changed immediately

  152. Rick says:

    I learned I can pray for my own needs; I can ask the Lord to address my own shortcomings and He listens and He cares.

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  153. rgoreckijr says:

    I learned to be still and know that what happens is God’s timing, not my timing, ut to trust in His guidance.

  154. Dan says:

    A learning from a church sign…
    “GOD answers prayers, not requests “
    I do my best to heed those words of wisdom, recognizing my “foxhole” prayers sometimes can be unreasonable.
    I know that GOD is answering me when he guides me to rephrase my unreasonable request into prayer.

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  155. Seth Metcalf says:

    I realized yesterday that I tend to put limits on God quite often. Patient, direct, and thoughtful prayer is something I need to continue to work on.

  156. Rich says:

    I learned that my daily time with God has kept me focused on what is most important. Jesus is first in my life and he has given me an abundance of peace!

  157. Tim says:

    When I reflect on our study and the events taking place in our broken world, we as men now more than ever need to be the leaders in our homes, families, and communities to show through action the Love of Jesus, our faith and trust in him in all circumstances. Gods plan is working exactly as he intended. He will provide for all our needs

  158. Pastor Mark says:

    This first week of the Challenge has been a great reminder always to approach every situation with prayer first!

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  159. Kevin says:

    What I RE- learned or was RE-minded of this week:
    God is all loving!
    God is all faithful!
    God is all forgiving!
    God is all knowing!
    God is the God of the impossible! God is all around us and He is in everything!
    God is ALL!
    Help me to be able to ‘wrap my head around’ how great you are God!!

  160. Gerald Waddle says:

    I’ve learned that there are so many others whom need to be encouraged other than just myself! There are so many in my life that I am proud of!!

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  161. Anthony Meschke says:

    I resisted putting my prayers on these comments and following through with the activities. I did end up following through on all the activities and they lifted a weight off my soul and will be easier in the future. I need to remove the hold the devil has on me.

  162. TIM Ruppe says:

    I’ve learned that God is always listening and always faithful to provide answers to my my prayers.. He has reminded me just this week that during this slowdown that the things that we spend time on running around doing different things everyday are not as important as spending quality time in his word and prayer..

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  163. Jason says:

    This week I learned that I must love and be obedient To God’s Word. Not to just be a hearer of His Word but to be a doer as well. That when I am convicted I need to follow that conviction of God’s Word. Kevin Block sent us men at Rock Point an email that is convicting and encouraging. I want Jesus to breath His Holy Spirit in me and on me so I can follow and obey His Word of Truth. I want to be a man who follows God’s heart which is His Word.

  164. Michael says:

    John 15:7 “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you”

    I love the promises and power of this verse. Before laying my requests to God, I ask that he be in me and shape me, and my prayers and petitions flow from my relationship with with Jesus. However, sometimes I just lay all my requests out and unashamedly ask for everything I want. Every day, I have to remind myself God is in control, and all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose

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  165. Randy says:

    I’m learning that Jesus wants us to request things of him. Also to live in the present without worrying about the future

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  166. Dale Nerison says:

    It is ok to be open with God about our wants and desires, and not to feel embarrasses or presumptuous, selfish, or ashamed. God knows anyway. Lord help me to learn from you.

  167. Stephen Rovezzi says:

    While praying for the health and safety of my family and friends during these never before charted waters… I am learning, that we as a people, Gods people…are resilient. And also quite foolish at the same time! I pray that our humor and good nature continues…because, as these days grow longer, some of that will wear away….it is only natural. There is light at the end of the tunnel…I can see it!

  168. Chris says:

    I continue to learn the importance of my baptism and commitment to God and Jesus Christ. I continue to want to talk to God everyday in prayer and in thought, trusting in him and living my life with him with his grace.

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  169. David C says:

    I learned that He can deal with & handle matters way better than I could ever try to do & that HIS timing is Perfect – He is rarely early but never late !! (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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  170. Dave Benson says:

    I think what I am learning is that through all the “social distancing “ God is telling me to come closer to Him. “Come near to God and he will draw near to you” James 4:8a
    He never wants me to distance myself from Him and I’m now realizing that in a new way as the world is rolling to a stop and shutting it’s doors. Our Savior has an open door policy for all of us!

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    • Jeff says:

      I’ve learned to slow down. I’ve learned to listen more. To drive without the radio on. To actually enjoy silence. To be more specific and deliberate about my time with Jesus.

  171. Bryce says:

    I learned to find peace and hope during this unprecedented time. I’m learning to go back to simple and basic. I’m enjoying the unhurried time with the family. Most importantly I’m praying multiple times per day.

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  172. John says:

    I’ve learned that I must be patient with my prayer request and realize that my requests are on God’s timeline not my own.

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  173. Ben says:

    I’ve learned this week to separate myself from all the noise that so easily distracts and put my focus on God and speaking and listening to Him. It is so easy to get entangled in the news and social media and spend hours going down rabbit holes that lead to no where. God is the only one who can fulfill our needs and give us a feeling of safety and contentment. I believe it is good to stay up on the events going on around us but our focus and reliance needs to be on the creator of this crazy world we live in.

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  174. John says:

    I’ve learned of God’s provision beyond what I’ve thought possible. And ironically, when the things of this world are diminishing daily, my faith and peace grow , almost counterintuitively.

  175. Samuel says:

    I lear over and over that no matter what, praying will help if only to bring me closer no matter how far away I wander, Lord thank you for giving me the need and ability to always pray.

  176. Brad B. says:

    I learned that God is patient. He can hear me at any point in time. Not just the morning. He is waiting for my prayers which can be for a purpose but also for joyful prayers just to pray.

  177. Eric says:

    This week reminded me that God changes hearts, changes lives, always loves, never leaves, always listens, always acts in His timing!

  178. Lewis Thompson says:

    I asked that your shield of protection from the COVID-19 virus be upon our homes, neighborhoods, cities, our state, our country, nation, our World.

  179. Tom says:

    I have learned that I must have Faith and to be patient. He hears my prayer
    and it will happen in His time.

  180. Zach says:

    God showed me this week that I can never be done learning and growing. There is always more. He is an amazing God!

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  181. Troy Theye says:

    I definitely pray for an abundance of things from God. But I have to say no matter if I receive some of the most impossible things or not, I have to understand its his love for us no matter what makes us strive on and the WISDOM he provides through his word usually is just enough to get through those impossible requests and not necessarily solve them.

  182. Justin says:

    I learned how easy it can be to carve out time to read, reflect, and pray when you make it a priority. Even when this week has been the craziest (maybe ever!) I have been able to spend time with God through this devotion.

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  183. Michael Spencer says:

    I have been reminded of and have learned more about myself and our society watching the crisis unfold with the coronavirus.

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  184. Tim Kelley says:

    I learned my faith is not in church, don’t social distance God. Draw near to the Father and He will be near to you. Want to encourage you guys to keep up this discipline, I usually post first so I don’t see all your comments. Text me at 918-931-7749 one thing you learn this week.

  185. Mike Sirignano says:

    What I conclude is that most of what I ask is outrageous, impossible, somewhat selfish, and probably not according to Gods will. Yet He still loves me and gives me grace and mercy.

  186. Vince Miller says:

    I am praying for Grandpa “Boots” today. And learned that I want to be strong like he is. Never quit. Never give up. Never stop fighting. Have faith till the last breath.

  187. KF says:

    I have learned that although matters can seem tribal, focusing on God’s love and on him changes the way that I act and think.

  188. Rich says:

    I’ve learned to trust in Him and to give up a little more control. I don’t think I have given everything, there is still something left that I can give for His glory.

  189. David says:

    I learned I must pay closer attention to hear God’s full voice and not stop when I’ve heard what I have want to hear

  190. Bob says:

    I have learned to ask and it will be given to you, but also you must wait on Gods timing. Learning patients. Waiting on Gods timing can be hard.

  191. Bryan says:

    This has been an awesome first week. I’ve learned and absorbed a lot. Still reflecting on Tuesday, when both of you brothers called and we basically had the same conversation #God’s confirmation . Love you brothers and I truly thank God for ya’ll being in my life. Peace & Blessings, B

  192. Merle says:

    I’ve learned that I can be an encouragement and a mentor to younger men. I choose to be more intentional on that path.

  193. Franky says:

    I’ve learned to appreciate people in my team more not by just thanking them, but by telling how proud I am of them. Also, to ask without limiting myself. God is good!!

  194. Matthew C Miller says:

    Prayer opens my ears so I can actually hear the Holy Spirit’s prompting and convictions. Yes, they sound like my thoughts but they are the opposite of my normal prideful, self centered thoughts.

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  195. Walter says:

    All though I’ve known this, God’s timing is always perfect, never early or late but always on time. Continues to show me that he is in control: Psalm 46:10

  196. Jim says:

    I’ve learned that in my prayer, even when those prayers do not seem to go answered, I enjoy a peace and comfort that I have someone to reach out to, who always has time for me and is willing to listen to me. I am thankful for my Father in heaven, for His love, His patience and His grace.

  197. Hugh Prichard says:

    I’m thankful for a consistent quiet time and for Gods word to direct my paths. Having a guide during these times is very helpful during this season and the prompts given have been clear.

  198. Chad P says:

    I am learning how short my hand is to know how to work the things I ask. There is nothing I can do to help my family in the way they truly need it. Praying for mercy upon our failures and God’s grace to go before us, but in the end He is good and able to do good, and I am not. Oh that we would submit to His leading.

  199. Edward says:

    I learned how to talk better and more continuously with God. I must learn how to be quiet and listen. I still can’t discern if the thoughts that pop into my head are soley my thoughts, or maybe some are really from God.

  200. Eric Jensen says:

    I learned that there are many people that God wants me to build up and encourage with my words and there are many people that He wants me to consistently pray for their salvation.

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  201. Dan says: