Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” (Revelation 21:2-5 NKJV)
1 Timothy 2:1-7 (NKJV)
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, 7 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
I encourage you to read this wonderful article by my dear blogging friend and sister in the Lord, Terra: In Whom Do We Trust?
On Thursday I attended rehearsal for the praise and worship team at my church. The evening began in corporate prayer (which I love!), and the facilitator said something that struck a chord with me. She reminded us to ask God for what we desire, because in 1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV) His Word tells us this:
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.
Hmmm. If we ask. This seems simple enough right? Or is it? I thought about how I’ve handled some recent frustrations, and I realized that my initial reaction isn’t always to take it to the Lord. Before I go to Him I may pout, lament, whine, get angry, irritated, or vent to a friend. I get so caught up in how I feel about the given situation that I forget to seek the one who can not only change it, but make it better. As if to add Godly salt to an open wound, Holy Spirit reminded me of another verse.
And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive. Matthew 21:22 (AMP)
Well there you have it. There are several more supporting scriptures, but this was enough to bring the point home. I have been guilty of not asking God to do what He’s promised, and even worse, I’ve perhaps taken Him for granted. Maybe it’s because I question if He’ll do it, even in spite of all that He’s already done. Maybe I fear the disappointment of not receiving what I’ve asked, or not receiving it in the way I thought I ought to. Whatever the reason, shame on me! If I’m confident that my petitions line up with His will, I am to go boldly to the throne of grace to receive what my Father has for me!
When my earthly father was alive, I knew he would give me anything I asked if it was 1. Good for me, and 2. Within his means. This was because of his love and desire to see me at my best. How blessed are we to be the children of Almighty God, who not only knows what’s good for us, but has the power to provide exactly what we need?!! The evidence of His dynamic love surrounds me every day, and I pray that the next time I have a request I will eagerly take it to Him and wait patiently for His response. God has not forgotten. Have you?