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John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

My one-year-old daughter enjoys eating. When she’s at the dinner table and she’s not getting food fast enough, she may start to whine. Understanding that whining is not acceptable in our house, my wife and I taught her to say “More Please.” We want her to use her words because she won’t receive anything by whining.

Some may think this style of parenting is harsh, but we’re only using the same principles that our Heavenly Father uses on us. When facing a difficult time in their lives or a pressing desire, some people go to God crying, whining, or complaining. God doesn’t respond to tears. God responds to faith.

When we boldly ask God for our needs or desires and know that we have our needs and desires met the moment we prayed, we can expect to receive our requests. It’s understandable to feel overwhelmed or pressured by the issues of life, but there’s no need to whine and cry about the situation. If we’re truly asking in faith, we’ll receive our needs and desires from God.

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