Day 7
lent-challenge-day-7 Vince Miller

Ask & Learn

Scripture

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

Devotional

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 prior, Jesus confronted the disciples about a secret debate on the same subject matter.

But notice how patient Jesus is. Given a debate about selfish matters, Jesus still allows his guys 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.

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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280 thoughts on “Ask & Learn

    • Jon Brady says:

      I have learned to be patient, to utilize this down time for prayer, and to find creative ways to stay connected to my men’s group.

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    • Ted Williams says:

      Not necessarily this week, but over the years I have learned that one of God’s greatest gifts is unanswered prayer. Something you think you need, a situation you think you need resolved, whatever; and his goal is a blessing on the other side, much needed lesson in patience, endurance, etc. Our country is experiencing this right now…praying that there is a mini revival as a result.

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  1. Brian Grundhauser says:

    I learned that everything is in God’s hands. He does things according to His plans and His timing.

  2. Jay Wegiel says:

    I learned that one of the hardest areas for me to grow in is telling people how proud I am of them?????

  3. Donny Lill says:

    I have learned that I have to pray more and listen harder for His guidance and grace. With all that is going on, especially now not being able to attend mass I feel the weight of 1000 pounds on my heart unable to focus for work and unfriendly with my family. Lord help me to hear your voice and may it soften my heart.

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    • MATTHEW A MARSHALL says:

      Donny,
      I can relate, not being able to physically attend church has put a damper on things for me as well. I know it can be struggling sometimes, but baby steps lead to running because I know He has heard you! Rejoice and shed your burdens. God wants to hear your concerns and your praises. Know that He’ll never leave you. Hope your week gets better and the stress is released into God’s hands.

  4. Shane says:

    I’ve learned many things this week. But the biggest thing I’ve learned this week is to slow down and spend time in prayer.

  5. Thomas Forrest says:

    I’ve learned that communication with God is an ongoing process and not just during prayer time

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  6. Tom Spurrier says:

    Anyone else on this thread?! No matter, I’ve enjoyed this first week alot. Uncertain times we live in? Yes, but keep seeking Him and asking questions! This is the original “there are no dumb questions” and from God/Jesus/Holy Spirit Himself!! Be well!

    • Darin Palmer says:

      I’ve learned that it’s not how big your prayer is it’s just coming/talking to God period! He created us for that one on one relationship! The calmness that comes over me after praying is incredible!

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  7. Rafael Dixon says:

    This week I’ve learned to be bold in asking God. This has really opened my eyes. Maybe it happens and maybe it won’t but be bold and ask. Thank you Father for revealing that to me.

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    • Rafael Dixon says:

      I wanted to say that this first week has really been special to me. Learning from God and learning about and from you guys have been a blessing.

    • Ricky D Brittain says:

      Nothing is off limits when it comes to my relationship with God. In today’s world every wants it now and I am no different. I know God will answer all my prayers, in his time and in his way. I am learning to listen for those answers.

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  8. Austin says:

    This week, God taught me the lesson of patience, thankfully we have been working on this for months now (ironic that this was the reading for Friday.

  9. 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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  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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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  16. 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!!

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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.

  29. 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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  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. Eric says:

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

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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.

  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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!

  43. 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.

  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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.

  47. 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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  48. 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.

  49. 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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  50. 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!!

  51. 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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  52. 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

  53. 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!

  54. 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.

  55. 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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  56. 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.

  57. 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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  58. 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

  59. 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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  60. 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

  61. 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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  62. 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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  63. 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.

  64. 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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  65. 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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  66. 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.

  67. 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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  68. 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.

  69. 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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  70. 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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  71. 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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  72. 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.

  73. 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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  74. 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.

  75. 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!

  76. 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 .

  77. 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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  78. 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!

  79. 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.

  80. 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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  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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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  84. 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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  85. 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”

  86. 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.

  87. 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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  88. 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.

  89. 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.

  90. 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.

  91. 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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  92. 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

  93. 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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  94. 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

  95. 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!

  96. 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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  97. 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.!

  98. 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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  99. 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!

  100. Bryan says:

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

  101. 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.

  102. 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)!

  103. 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.

  104. 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.

  105. 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.

  106. 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.

  107. 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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  108. 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.

  109. 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

  110. 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.

  111. 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.

  112. 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.

  113. 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.

  114. 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.

  115. 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 .

  116. 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.

  117. 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

  118. 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!

  119. 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.

  120. 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!

  121. 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!

  122. 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.

  123. 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.

  124. 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!

  125. 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.

  126. 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.

    • 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

  127. 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?

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