“A gift consists not in why is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.” - Seneca
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 the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are 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
Harmony: “a pleasing or congruent arrangement of parts” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Does it ever seem like Gods just left you hanging? Like His promises aren’t for you, or maybe just not for your situation? And didn’t Jesus say, “Whatever you ask of in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son?” - John 14:13 It is also said in the Bible that if elders anoint a sick person with oil and pray over them they will be healed.* But I’ve seen anointed people get sicker and die. I’ve known of things asked in Jesus’ name that never came to fruition. I’ve been left feeling like God isn’t supplying what I’m asking for. At least not to me. Even this very message. I’m wondering how it’s gonna end, because I don’t have the answers to these questions right now. To be honest, I’m not even sure why we have to ask for things when God knows what we need far better than we do. But maybe the answer is in the asking. And by that I mean, God has a purpose for our requests. He does know exactly what this world needs. He knows who needs a new heart and who needs a renewed soul. He knew this world needed a Savior and that some will ask to be saved. He knows what exactly we need and when we’ll need it. And He will provide for those things. Indeed He has provided so many things we need already. But so many of those things needed a request first. Maybe it’s the relationship in the request that makes all the difference? We know God can do anything, but will He do what’s needed? Of course He will. It’s just a matter of when and how. Even Jesus, sweating drops of blood, asked if there was another way besides the Cross in the Garden of Gethsemane.** The problem comes when our desires overarch our needs. Maybe we don’t need a bigger home. Maybe that sports car will end in tragedy. Maybe the greatest healing is beyond this world. Remember that the last line of Jesus’ promise is just as important as the first, “That the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Do our requests glorify God? Are we living to glorify God with what we have now? Perhaps so, but perhaps not though. We aren’t the most important thing in this world. In fact, nothing is. Not even the entirety of creation. Because the entirety of creation, you and me, and everything surrounding us; was made for God through His Son. No, God doesn’t answer every prayer with the response we desire. We will be disappointed at times. It’s an indication of our human nature’s lack of alignment with God and with what is perfect. Parents know something of what their children need. They know something of what they want. And there’s a harmony that must be struck between the two. God isn’t so different with us. Sometimes the answer is understood in the relationship best. God didn’t take the crucifixion away from Jesus, but He did send an angel to strengthen His Son.** Not all of our prayers and requests will be answered in the way we want or expect. But in a relationship with God, I guarantee it’s better that way. Even when we can’t see how.
* James 5:14
** Luke 22:42-43
Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,