“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
Do you believe that all things are possible? Do you believe that God will give you the things you ask for? Do you know God is displeased when you don’t exercise your faith and look unto Him as a Father for things you desire?
Many believers have fallen into a state where they limit the things they ask of God because they are either scared of being disappointed or have not allowed the Lord to increase their capacity for asking. However, it’s essential to know that when we do this, it’s as if we are telling God that we do not trust Him enough to do certain things or don’t believe He wants the best for us and is willing to grant our desires.
Sometimes, we tend to compare God with our earthly father. Just as we pity our father because we feel he already has lots to cater for, we tend to see God in that light. We think we ask for too much when we ask for something big. We often fall victim of managing when we have a Father who is sufficient in all manners. We often forget that God does exceedingly, above all we can think or ask for (Eph 3:20). He also aims to give us an expected end (Jer. 29:11).
So, it is okay to ask. As a matter of fact, we honour God when we make requests because it shows how much faith we have in Him. Just like our earthly parents are usually happy when we ask for certain things, and they can provide, which shows how competent they are as parents, that is the same way God feels when we look up to Him for help. “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matt. 7:9-11. God is glorified when His child comes to His bosom and asks Him as a Father. So, it actually is okay to ask of your Father
In James 4:2-3, we see two reasons we do not receive from God: we have not because we ASK not; we ask and do not because we ask amiss.
As essential as asking may be, it is better to ask according to the will of the Father. So, in our asking, the first thing we should seek is the will and word of God because, ultimately, that is the code to receive from the Father.
In conclusion, brethren, have the mind of Christ through His word and in prayer, then ask as big and wide as you can imagine, and watch as possibilities abound in your life. “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’” Mark 9:23.
- Thank you, Lord, for being a good and loving Father, willing to hear when I call.
- Dear Lord, increase my capacity to ask. Open my understanding to the good and precious gifts you’re willing to give me.
- Lord, help me not to limit my blessings by neglecting to ask.
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