If you want to talk to your boss about a raise, the first step is to get on the boss' good side by engaging the boss in a conversation about something other than the raise. For instance, if your boss loves sports, start a conversation about sports. Your children do it to you all the time. When they want something, they give you all kinds of compliments just to find favor with you.
While we are not tricking God into a useless conversation, He does want us to establish communication with Him before making requests. In fact, God wants to be reminded of His own words. God is not absent-minded, but He delights in hearing His own words repeated back to Him, and it is also good for us. If you are desiring something, remind God that He said, "Delight yourself also in the LORD; and he shall give you the desires of your heart" (Psalm 37:4).
When you need a financial blessing, remind God that He said, "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). Then remind God that He said, "For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills" (Psalm 50:10).
Don't limit God. Don't ask for just one cattle. Ask for one of the hills. Are you sick or in pain? Remind God that He said, " . . . and with his stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5). Speak God's words back to Him and remind Him what He said. Then God will delight in you, find favor with you, protect you, and "no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly" (Psalm 84:11)
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