We may miss out on God’s very great blessings because we don’t ask for them specifically. For example, I had no clue what my next article would be about (this article, in fact). My prayer was, “Lord, give me an idea, and soon.” Then I emailed a loved one who expected to hear from a specialist that day who could possibly relieve her suffering. I listed my specific requests for her about that all seeking a definite positive response.
We’ll receive whatever we ask for in Jesus’ name when our lives and prayers are based in God’s word and will (John 14: 12-14; James 4: 13-15; 1 John 5: 14, 15). When we’re in a right relationship with God, we can call on him in truth, which is key to having our desires granted (Matthew 6: 9-13; James 4: 3; Psalm 37: 4; 103: 1-5; 145: 17-19). Often, I haven’t known what to do and just asked God to take care of the matter according to his will and he took care of it in a way I would’ve never imagined. I figure the Spirit probably spoke in my behalf (Romans 8: 26, 27).
Still, while asking God to just take care of things is a demonstration of faith, sometimes we may not get our desires because we didn’t ask specifically (James 4: 2). After Jesus taught us to ask for our daily bread he stated that God would give us good gifts (Matthew 7: 7-11). In writing about food and other matters of personal enjoyment, Paul said to receive everything with thanksgiving because it’s consecrated by the word of God and prayer (1 Timothy 4: 3-5; Philippians 4: 6, 7).
Sometimes God denies our requests because they’re outside his will for us although he granted the same request for another. Other times he allows us to have things that don’t seem to be in our best interest or according to his will, but it works out in the end (Luke 15: 11-32; Hebrews 12: 11; Romans 8: 28).
God has answered the first two parts of my prayer for my loved one. The answer to the first request was, “Wait, the doctor needs more information.” The second prayer was to make a speedy appointment. How many of you have gotten an appointment with a specialist in less than a month, much less a week, which in this case included the delay for more information?
While the first answer was disappointing, the second one more than made up for the brief delay assuring me that the third request for a speedy cure will take place on God’s timetable and everything will work out keeping in mind that a day to him is like 1,000 years (2 Peter 3: 8). Since he made her wait 7,000 years (one week) to learn about the speedy appointment, maybe he’ll heal her in a day.
By the way, God obviously also answered my seemingly petty prayer about this article. Ain’t he great!
Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at: email@example.com