“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21: 21-23
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 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!” Matthew 7: 7-11
Have you ever lacked something in your life that has caused you to feel empty? Have you ever wished to have a quality you admire in a friend? Like kindness, thankfulness, love? Do you struggle with a sin which seems like it will never go away?
How often do we ask God for things? Well, we might pray for people, but how often do we pray for ourselves? How often do we realize the transforming power of God? I for one when I think about asking God for things tend to back away. Why? Simply because I think asking for something is equivalent with having wrong motives. I want to avoid greedy, prideful, and selfish intentions; so I generally don’t ask God for much.
But I realized, that’s a lie.
The fact is, asking God for something is not always wrong. What is wrong is asking God for something with self-satisfying, ungodly desires. For instance, if I pray and ask God to use this blog in some very significant ways, do you think he will answer my request? Well, if the reason why I asked God is for personal gain, then most likely not; but if my motivation and desire is to truly use that opportunity for the glory of God, then yes, He will answer my prayer. If it is within His will, He will give. The same applies to all!
Jesus says God will give good things to those who ask. He doesn’t say evil things, nor everything. The extreme taken here is that if we pray, God will give us whatever we want. If we strive, God will bless us. In other words, God is there for us, not us for God. The preaching of this is what we call the Prosperity Gospel. Run from it. God is not there to live for us, but we’re here to live for Him! And if that’s our aim then he most certainly will help us.
“Now what does this mean in relation to my life?”
It means that if your desire is to glorify God, He will grant what ask. It means that is you lack a character quality and want it for a good, godly purpose, He will supply! If you are struggling with a sin, He will conquer! God will equip you with everything you need to live a life of godliness, so don’t be afraid to ask. God can transform you for His glory, so what are you waiting for?
“His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1: 3-4