Friday, February 24, 2012
23 And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
Are there requests which are just too trivial to ask? When people pray, "Lord, where did I leave my glasses (or my keys)?", is this a waste of time? No. Father God is concerned about all of the details of our lives. Luke 12:7 says "Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Are there requests that shouldn't be asked? Yes, if one is aware of a Biblical principle that addresses a request such as, "May I be unfaithful to my spouse?" Don't!
How about if the answer seems obvious? If there is no Biblical principle addressing an issue, then don't assume anything is obvious. In Joshua chapter 9 the leaders of Israel did not ask the Lord about a matter which seemed obvious. But they were deceived and suffered for it.
And finally, are there requests which are too big, too immense, too grand for us to ask? For example, is it a waste of time to pray for our nation or even for world peace? No. First Timothy 2:1,2 says,
I urge, then, ... that prayers, ... be made for ... all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives ...
So should I pray about everything? Well, yes. But praying can be quick. You don't have to explain anything to the Lord God, or convince Him of anything, or argue a case, or bow your head and close your eyes. He's right here, He loves you, and He's been watching over you as a father or good shepherd.
So ask, and receive, and experience the joy of the Lord.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
The promise in verse 8 is quite evident - everyone who asks receives. "Why" is addressed below in verses 9 through 11. "When" a promise will be fulfilled is not stated. So, for example, Abraham had to wait 25 years to see God's promise to him fulfilled.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
So the question is, "How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him? The answer is "much, much more". Why? Because He is your Father, and He's an exceedingly good Father.
So ask, seek, knock, and receive - and experience the joy of the Lord.
Ah, but the tempter is still at work, as he was with Eve in Genesis 3, where he said, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?”
And today he will use circumstances to say the same thing, "Did God really mean what He said?" Circumstances often say "No, He didn't mean it." The Spirit of God inside you says "Yes, He really meant it."
Whose report will you believe? Choose wisely, choose life.
All scripture quoted is from the New King James Version, Thomas Nelson Publishers.