SEPTEMBER 25 – OCTOBER 1, 2016
“For everyone who asks, receive…” (Matthew 7:8 TLB)
The text is a statement of fact expressed by Jesus. This is quite simple and straight forward isn’t it? Just ask and you will receive. However, it can get very complicated. “If we truly always receive when we ask, why haven’t I received what I asked for?” You may be thinking. Something very significant that must go with receiving what we ask for is that we must believe (Mark 11:23:24).
A teenage girl had some homework on Religious Studies, which I assisted her with. The work was on the prophecies about Jesus Christ in the Old Testament, and their fulfillment in the New Testament. A particular one we worked on was the prophecy in Isaiah 7:14, where it states that Jesus will be born by a virgin girl. We journeyed to Luke 1:22-42, where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary (a virgin girl) to tell her she would birth the Messiah.
As we talked about it, I mentioned that from Elizabeth’s statement in Luke 1:45, if Mary had not believed the message from the Angel, the prophecy may not have been fulfilled through her.
She was taken aback and said “you mean that if she didn’t believe it won’t have happened through her?” And then she added quietly, “that means what we really need to do is believe… Just believe God. It sounds so easy.” Her reaction got me really thinking. Truly, asking people to just believe sounds so easy but it is actually not a very easy thing for many. Truly, if we believe, we will experience the fulfillment of God’s word or answers to our prayers. No wonder the man in Matthew 9:17, who brought his son to be healed of evil spirits said to Jesus, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.”
The focus of our believing however, is not on the thing we pray for coming to pass, but on the power and authority of Jesus to change things, to make things happen, and our belief in His love for us to bring what we prayed for to pass. These are two hugely different things. Before healing two blind men in Matthew 9:27-30, Jesus asked them if they believed He could make them see. When they said yes, He touched their eyes and they were healed.
We must focus our believing on Jesus when we pray, that He is willing and able to give us answers. Therefore, get into the bible to learn to know and understand the love Jesus has for you, His power and authority to answer and bring whatever you pray for to pass. “What if the thing I have asked God is not something God wants me to have?” You may be asking. Great question! When you get into the bible to learn and understand the love Jesus has for you, His power and the authority He has to make things happen in your life, you will realise that transformation will begin to take place in your life, and your desires will be in line with the will of God for your life (Romans 12:2).
I pray that you will hunger and thirst after God’s word, and you will have the faith to believe for supernatural supply of all that you need. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen! Your life is beautiful! Go and enjoy it unapologetically!!