How often do we hear this phrase? Almost to the point where we brush it off without thinking too hard or without really applying it when we should.
Then when big trouble comes along, we start scrambling around looking for worldly resources and human help. It’s as if we look upon the supernatural powers of the Heavenly Father as something not really strong enough to cope with the physical issues of this important human life that we lead.
How wrong is that?
The problem is not that God’s arm isn’t long enough to reach into our lives – it is that we do not ask properly. James knew the answer to this. Speaking within the wider context of human desires he said:
“You do not have because you do not ask. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4: 1-3)
We either fail to ask because we do not trust God, or we offer prayers that are in fact laundry lists of the things we want. How rude!
If we genuinely submit our lives to Him, then He will ensure that our needs are met:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
In fact, He knows what we need before we ask Him – and it isn’t always what we think we need, either. And therein lies the bind.
Are you really willing to hand your life and your needs over into His care? If you are not, if you want to keep control, then He will simply take His hands off and let you carry on. That is when people complain that their prayers are not being answered.
Remember that Jesus said, “ For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” (Luke 9:24)
Jesus wasn’t saying He expects everyone to die physically for Him – he was saying we need to die to the things in our lives, to our selfish desires and self-important egos. And THEN we will find the joy, peace and victory of a life in Him.
That Takes Faith And Self-Discipline.
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