There is not one person in this world that does not have some sort of need
in their life. Even though things in our life may be going well, we still
have some desires in our heart that we wish God would grant to us. The
Lord has placed this message on my heart concerning seeking Him with our
needs and I hope you will be blessed with what I share with you today. I
do give God all the Glory, Honor and Praise for His continued leading and
blessings upon this work.
The Bible declares in James 4:2 "…You have not because you ask not." In
order for us to receive from the Lord we need to make our petition before
Him in prayer. Jesus says, "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."
We need to take the initiative in asking, knocking and seeking the Lord in
order to have our needs met. Jesus said the same thing three different ways
and I believe it is because He wants us to be diligent in our requests;
not just asking a single time, but to seek, knock and ask until we receive
from the Lord. (Matthew 7:7-8)
We know that God has all wisdom and knowledge and knows of our needs even
before we ask Him, but the Bible says we are to come before God with
thanksgiving letting our requests be made known to Him as we read in
Philippians 4:6-7, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer
and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to
God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Matthew 6:8)
We need to remember that God is not in heaven waiting for us to beg Him to
meet our needs. The truth is, that God will only give to us with the same
determination that we seek from Him. We should not expect our every need
to be met just because we pray for five minutes a day or bowing our heads
for 20 seconds before a meal. God answers to those who seek Him diligently
and will bring the answer to those who stay faithful and strong regardless
of the situation or circumstances that seem impossible. (James 1:5-8)
Another thing that goes right along with asking the Lord to meet our needs
and give us our hearts desires, is to step out in faith and call those
things that are not as though they were. We are created in the image of
God and because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ we now have
authority in this natural realm. Just as God looked at the darkness and
called forth light, so can we look at our challenges and obstacles and
call forth victory. God did not look at the darkness and then worry,
complain and murmur about how dark it was, but He spoke words of authority
and called forth light. It needs to be the same with us as God's children.
(Romans 4:17) (Genesis 1:26) (Genesis 1:3-5) (Luke 10:17-20)
Many times we do pray earnestly for God to supply a particular need, but
when we finish praying, we murmur and complain about that same problem,
which in turn cancels our prayer before God. Here is a simple illustration
that may better help you understand why complaining hurts our receiving
power. In basic mathematics we know that a negative and a positive in the
same equation will cancel each other out, but if we have two positives in
the same equation, we know the numbers in question are going to increase.
It is the same thing concerning receiving from the Lord. When we pray and
believe God to meet a certain need and then after our prayer confession we
murmur and complain about that same problem, we are canceling out our
prayer because of our negative and pessimistic words. (Numbers 14:26-27)
Amos 3:3 declares, how can two walk together unless they are agreed?" Our
prayer life needs to match the words that we are saying after our prayer
time. Praying for victory and confessing defeat do not go together. The
Bible says with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God and
the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your
hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
I encourage you today to pray in faith believing that you will receive from
the Lord. Call the things that are not in your life as though they were.
Prophesy your future and say how you would like your life to turn around.
Give thanks to the Lord for hearing your prayer and for being faithful in
giving you peace in your heart and answering your prayer of faith. I
challenge you to agree with God and see yourself as the winner. Complaining
does not do anything except give the enemy the chance to discourage you
and make you question your faith. Do not give that defeated enemy the
satisfaction, but rather speak the words of joy, blessing, prosperity and
good health and you will see great things take place in your life.
(Romans 4:17) (Ezekiel 37:4-14) (James 5:15) (Matthew 16:19) (Proverbs 18:21)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
James 1:17-18 "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and
comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or
shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of
truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures."
1 John 5:14-15 "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."
Psalm 37:4-7 "Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the
desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And
He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the
light, And your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait
patiently for Him..."
All scriptures can be found in the New King James Version.
In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry