So today, I had another spontaneous response. It be like that..most times. Sometimes, I need to withhold myself or else I will go all out. But I fear for someone who is already in the faith to be mislead by false doctrine. So I try to help them shine light on some things I believe to be true and we can discuss about it.
With that being said, my friend posted this:
And yeah. Before I found out that she had a part two that will clarify more on the message she shared above, (which was basically in line with majority of what I sent to her in response to this), I sent her the following after writing it out in my Samsung note:
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.1 John 3:19-24 ESV
John 15:5-8 ESV
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.John 16:22-24 ESV
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.James 4:1-4 ESV
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.John 9:31 ESV
So it seems that from the verses above, Jesus’ words in the gospel of Matthew that says that we should keep asking and we will receive and knocking and the door will open, is given more clarification. It seems that:
- Not just anyone asks and it shall be given to them. Even in the Gospels, Jesus was talking to His disciples; people that were already following Him. And following Jesus means abiding in Him. And if we abide in Him the Vine, and we the branches, our prayers align to what He wishes us to ask and do. Why? Because we love Jesus and we do what pleases Him which is loving Him and others and living life selflessly like He showed us how to.
- It is not all the time that we ask and we are given, because we ask with wrong motives. And again, alluding to the words I said above, Abiding in Jesus gradually prunes our prickly parts and turns us into blissful roses whose desires are what He desires. And so we ask of what He desires us to ask and not our worldly passions.
- It is not everything we ask for that we are given, perhaps because it does not align with the will of God. And quite frankly, imagine asking for things that were detrimental to us and our loving Father gives us these things? So it’s quite amazing that He’s sovereign and knows what’s best for us.
- We followers of Christ that abide in His love and truth, continue in prayer, asking, seeking and knocking. Why? Because it shapes us. It disciplines us and trains us to be dependent on Him. Because we know that apart from Him, we receive nothing and are indeed nothing. Prayer does not bend God’s Hand, but rather aligns us to His Will (I saw this somewhere). It helps us to understand that every good and perfect gift comes from above. And so even though we have been asking for something for a while and have still not received it, we re-evaluate the thing we’re asking for and test if it is not out of line with what a good and holy God would give His children, and if it isn’t, we persist. Because again, although it can be disheartening and frustrating at times to not receive what we want, we cannot but be utterly broken for the sake of the cross. If in not answering in the given time that we wish for, God is able to build us up spiritually in Him, then He just might ‘wait it out.’ It could not even come at all, until Jesus returns but guess what benefit it produced? An utterly dependent soul on God the Father, who through continual communication with Him, made possible through Jesus the Son, developed such intimacy with the Father that she loved Him, the Giver of gifts, and His presence more than the gifts themselves.
And I’d admit, I wrestle. (Um, duh.) I wrestle with what I should ask and not ask. But guess what? I ask Him for anything: anything that is not against the goodness and holiness of God to grant. It would be unholy for God to grant me a stripping job just because it pays high, but it would not be unholy or against His character to grant healing. And so I can ask for physical healing, and academic success, and financial help, and shelter provision and feeding [and manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit] as well, but I know that it is okay if I don’t get any of these things. I keep asking though, cause there isn’t nothing wrong with solely depending on My Father to provide and not on man.
So with my continual asking, I am molded into resting and depending on God. However, I know that my Father delights in spiritual healing, I do not know if more than physical. But I know Jesus came to save sinners and being a sinner is first a spiritual thing, which then shows forth physically. So if He came to save sinners that we may sin no more, I know my constant prayers should be for God to shapen me into the likeness of His Son. To conform me more, day by day, into the image of His Son by He strengthening and enabling me to pick up my cross daily and die to self.
Have a lovely day Saints!
P.s. I edited some grammatical errors from when I sent it to her. And for the additional information I added here, I put in square brackets ()!