by Pastor Tim Burt
As a young boy, I thought my parents were poor because we were a family of ten. My mom was an amazing coupon queen, and could sniff a good sale from 10 miles away! I never asked mom or dad for anything because I didn't want anyone else in the the family deprived because of me. My sister, closest in age to me, thought the same way. Neither of us wanted to inconvenience our parents so we rarely asked them for anything. And you know what we got? Hardly anything! We were a little jealous of one of our younger brothers, because he had no problem asking for anything and everything. The result was, he got much of what he asked for!
As a Christian learning about the heart and character of God, I look back at my brother now and realize, he was the smart one. He asked—not because he was more selfish, but because he had a better sense of faith in my parent's ability to supply his needs.
Many religious people struggle with a sense of guilt toward asking God to help supply their needs. Many have been taught or led to believe that God is too distant and busy to care about your needs. Others get worried about being guilty of asking covetously. Why worry about that? Like children with their parents, every person has to mature in learning to ask things according to God's will. God is not offended by our immaturity. It's a part of growing up—physically and spiritually! If you didn't learn how, when, and what to ask for, you'd never mature in it!
The majority of all people have experienced having needs greater than their ability to supply them. When you have needs and you don't how to meet those needs, to NOT seek God for His supernatural help is wrong. It leads to frustration, discouragement, disappointment and jealousy! James 4:2-3 NIV says, “You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. YOU DO NOT HAVE BECAUSE YOU DO NOT ASK GOD. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
In saying all this, I am not suggesting in any way, that you become a selfish, covetous, lustful asker of stuff. The Lord teaches us not to be covetous. There is a difference between needs and lusts and it takes time and maturity to discern the difference. Children ask for a snack right before dinner, and there are things you ask for that are not His will. But God isn't put off by it if your heart is right. Isn't the Holy Spirit big enough to teach you and help you develop discernment? Philippians 4:6 NIV says, “Do not be anxious about anything, BUT IN EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. "
Your view of what God is willing to help you with might be way too small! Many can’t imagine God caring about the detailed needs of their life, but He does! "But in everything ask..." Of course God cares about souls being saved and we are to also! But God also cares about the details of our lives. His love extends that far! He is a Father and cares about His children. Or are you more caring as a parent than He is? Get rid of that kind of prideful thinking. His love is greater than ours and you know how much you love your children!
I have asked the Lord for so many things over the years. I have done so because when I ask in faith, it is pleasing and honoring to the Lord. He wants us dependent upon Him for everything. When we find we are leaning on ourselves, we know we're in trouble. There are far too many things that we are incapable in ourselves of getting, doing, or accomplishing. Asking God for right reasons and out of a pure heart is a product of discernment that comes with time. God is not upset as you navigate through the learning process. The thing we don't want to be guilty of, is NOT asking for fear He won't hear or that He doesn't care. You can't believe how many Christians there are that don't reverently and sincerely ask God in faith for anything. He says, "WE HAVE NOT BECAUSE WE ASK NOT!
Psalm 84:11 TLB tells us "For the LORD God is our light and protector... No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly."
When you ask and you don’t see things happen right away, please keep this in mind. It isn’t because HE is not working on it. The primary way God gets blessing to us is though people. Much of what He brings us in life comes through people. God does not usurp people’s will and make them do anything. Yet He does work to influence them in their heart to respond, just like He tries to encourage you to respond to others. Hopefully they will respond. If they don’t He looks for someone else. Yes He could do a miracle and sometimes does, but He primarily chooses to bring His blessings to others through people. Remember also that He wants to teach you to be a giver as well as a receiver. And finally, everything you ask for, isn't His will. That is something you learn through His word and over time. There are no shortcuts!
The Bible says, "Whatever a man sows, that will he reap." That is not Karma. Karma is a myth born from the truth of sowing and reaping. God wants to use others to be a part of your blessing. You need to let Him teach you how to be a blessing to others. That starts with you finding ways to give to others with zero expectation of getting anything back from them!
Do you have a need? Ask in faith believing. Let the Lord teach you. Be patient and be confident that no good thing will he withhold from you. Say it and believe it! And if you can find something to give or sow into another's life. Plant that seed!
Luke 6:38 (TLB) "For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in
full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for
more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give—large or small—will be
used to measure what is given back to you."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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