Friday 25 November 2011
While we must be careful about becoming greedy and always asking God to bless and give us stuff, there is certainly room for a lot of asking in our walk with God. Jesus said “ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find” (Mt.7:7). He also said, “until now you have not asked for anything in My Name, ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete” (Jn.16:24). But what do we ask for? 1Jn.5:14,15 tells us 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 what we asked of Him.” That’s the key, to ask according to His will. Salvation and healing, for instance, would most certainly be according to His will, at least in most instances. There are occasions when we have prayed for loved ones to be saved or healed, and it didn’t happen – while we don’t understand, but we continue to trust in the God who is love, the righteous God who will always do what is right. Joni Eareckson Tada who has been a quadriplegic for over 40 years quoted her friend Steve Estes, “sometimes God permits what He hates to accomplish what He loves”. I think that is an excellent perspective on pain, suffering and the will of God. Though sometimes God may not give us what we ask, we should never stop praying for salvation and healing. James says, “you do not have, because you do not ask God”. My friend Roma Waterman (singer-songwriter-worship leader) once said, “The last thing I ever want is when someone is not healed because I didn’t pray!” I agree with Roma completely and because I do, I do my utmost to pray for someone who is sick every opportunity I have. For a variety of reasons, sometimes I neglect to do so, but I do most of the time. And yes, I have seen people healed not just eventually, but instantly too. As you begin your day today, walk in faith, walk with the desire to bless others. Ask God to use you to touch lives, to bring His healing and His salvation to all around you. Have a great day!
“You do not have, because you do not ask God.” (Jas.4:2)
Pastor Barnabas Chong
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