You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it (Matthew 21:22 NLT).
In this verse, the Greek word for “anything” (or “all things” in the KJV) is pas. It is defined as: all, any, every, the whole.
Therefore, “anything” means “anything”.
In my spirit, I could sense some people saying, “Yes, but what about James 4:3 that says that you ask, but do not receive, because you ask amiss.”
I am now going to address what asking amiss means.
We will begin with James 3:1-12.
This first passage is about using the tongue for good or evil and how we treat other people:
James 3:1-12 (Message Bible)
1 Don’t be in any rush to become a teacher, my friends. Teaching is highly responsible work. Teachers are held to the strictest standards.
2 And none of us is perfectly qualified. We get it wrong nearly every time we open our mouths. If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true, you’d have a perfect person, in perfect control of life.
3 A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse.
4 A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds.
5 A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it! It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire.
6 A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.
7 This is scary: You can tame a tiger,
8 but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer.
9 With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image.
10 Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! My friends, this can’t go on.
11 A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it?
12 Apple trees don’t bear strawberries, do they? Raspberry bushes don’t bear apples, do they? You’re not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you? Live Well, Live Wisely.
People ask amiss when they have wrong attitudes in their heart to begin with. Jesus said that whatever a person speaks, it proceeds from the overflow of their heart. The heart is the center of our being. From the heart can flow good things or evil things.
If a person’s heart and attitude is not right, and they are in the habit of speaking words of cruelty, negativity, doubt, fear, unbelief, cursing, deceit—then they will probably ask God for things from wrong motives, lusts or greed, or things contrary to the Word of God because their heart and attitudes are not perfect before God.
Jesus said that we will be held accountable for every idle word which we have spoken (Matthew 12:36).
God is looking for a pure heart, and a tongue who speaks no guile.
Psalms 24:3-5 says:
3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
John 15:7 says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” NKJV
To abide in Jesus is to be connected to Him and in intimate union with Him, thus bearing good fruit in your life. The picture in the natural is of the branch receiving its nourishment from the Vine. A branch cut off from the Vine will wither up and die.
If you are abiding in Jesus and in intimate fellowship with the Holy Spirit, you probably would not ask anything amiss in the first place. It would be your heart’s desire to please Him and to live according to His Word. Your heart and motivations would be right.
If there is anyone reading who is not connected to Jesus, He is inviting you to come to Him. He loves you so very much! Maybe some have never accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Maybe others once knew the Lord but are backslidden and feel disconnected to the Lord—they feel like that branch that is severed from the trunk. Jesus is inviting you to come to Him right now.
Just call out to Him and invite Him to come into your heart. You can pray a prayer in your own words, or here is a sample prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus,
I feel disconnected from You. I want to be saved! I want to become connected (or re-connected) to You, as the branch receives its life from the Vine.
Jesus, I confess that You are Lord. Wash away all of my sins. Cleanse me in the Blood of the Lamb. Write my name in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Jesus, I invite You to come into my heart and I accept You as my Savior and Lord.
Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I need You and want You so very much. Fill me with the joy and peace of Your Presence dwelling on the inside of me. Let me know the joy of my salvation.
Transform me into the person You created me to be. Help me to live for You.
I want to live for You and I want to know You more. Teach me Your Word.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Where is Jesus right now? Do you feel His Presence in your heart?
You have just been born again.
Or if you were a backslider, you have now come back to God. The angels are rejoicing right now, and I am too. Father God rejoices over the prodigal coming home. He has the ring to put on your finger, the royal cloak to drape over your shoulders, and a party to celebrate you coming back to the fold.
Those who are involved in any kind of witchcraft, black magic, sorcery, the occult, horoscopes, astrology, psychics, anything of the dark side. … that is a sure way to become disconnected from the Vine very quickly, who is Jesus. Your powers are coming from demons.
Jesus is pleading with you to repent, and to renounce all witchcraft, or anything to do with the occult or demonic activity. This is very serious, and should you pass away right now, you could end up in hell unless you repent, because of being disconnected from the Vine.
If a branch is severed from the Vine, it will wither up and be destroyed. The Lord is pleading with you to return to Him.