Right! That’s exactly what I got when I read it! Thank you for doing this exercise with me . Love doing Bible study alone, but I love doing some good study with others even better! To check that interpretation, too, I would next look at other verses talking about prayer and faith and belief. The very first verse that came to my mind when I looked at these two verses without reading them in context was Psalm 37:4: “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (NKJV). I’ve heard this one interpreted as, “If I love the Lord, He’ll give me anything I desire!” But interpreting verses like this in this way just creates a vision of God as a big genie in the sky that can be manipulated by our every desire if we love Him. In my thinking, that switches the God and creature status. That makes us the gods, because we could order things however we wanted, and we know that isn’t Scriptural. The big difference between our God and the “gods” of other people groups both in “Bible times” and ours is that their gods were subject to manipulation through gift and sacrifice. Our God is unique in that He works according to His good purposes and character and cannot be manipulated away from that. So if what we are asking for is not in line with His purposes, then we can believe as sincerely as we want that we are going to get what we are asking for, but that will not move God to do something that is not in line with His purposes. Going back to the verse from the Psalms, many people who misinterpret that do not recognize the full weight of the meaning of the first part: “Delight yourself also in the Lord…” If we delight ourselves in the Lord, we are reoriented away from self and towards God. If we are oriented towards God, how might that change the desires of our hearts? It aligns our hearts with God’s, meaning we seek first the kingdom . So our desires are aligned with God’s desires, and therefore, when we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will gives us the desire of our hearts :). When we stand in faith on the promises of God’s Word, asking for that which we know from God’s Word to be God’s heart and desire (God wills that none should perish, and so when we pray that when we share the gospel with others, hearts will be turned towards Him, we can know that the power of God will back that). And forgiveness is critical to this, because we know a lack of forgiveness on our part can impact our relationship with God, because we are no longer in step with His heart for people. There are quite a few other verses to look into, but I think I’ve explained my point well enough. If not, or if there is something you think I’m missing, please let me know! Thanks for the great question and the opportunity to study God’s Word with you! What a blessing!