by Pastor Tim Burt
When I grew up as a boy, I thought my parents were poor because there were ten children in our family. I seldom ever asked mom or dad for anything because I didn't want the family deprived. My sister closest in age to me had the same thoughts. Neither of us wanted to inconvenience our parents by asking them for things we did not think they could afford. So, seldom did either of us ever ask for anything. And you know what we got? Hardly anything! Now, our next youngest brother did not think like us. He asked our dad for everything and constantly! It bugged us but didn't seem to bug dad. We were a little jealous because we saw that dad gave our asking brother much of what he asked for.
As a Christian learning these truths, I look back at my brother now and realize, he was the smart one. He asked—not because he was more selfish, but because he had more childlike faith in my parents ability to supply his needs.
Many religious people have this sense of guilt toward asking God to help supply their needs. Many have been taught or led to believe that God is too distant to care about their needs. Some have been taught that God has too many things going on—to many people to take care of to care about the details of their life. Others suffer from false condemnation and guilt that they are somehow greedy or covetous to talk to God about their needs.
When you have needs and you don't know where to get help, to NOT seek God for His supernatural help is wrong. This is exactly when people try to fix their own problems in a wrong or unethical way. They end up lying, cheating, stealing, breaking laws, scheming and more. They don't know how else to get what they need so they cross moral and legal boundaries and get things their own way which is the wrong way!
James 4:2-3 says, “You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. YOU DO NOT HAVE BECAUSE YOU DO NOT ASK GOD. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
Their is a difference between needs and lusts and it takes time to learn which is which but you can learn. Isn't the Holy Spirit powerful enough within you to teach you and help you develop discernment? Phil 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, BUT IN EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. "
Your view of what God is willing to help you with might be way too small! Many can’t imagine God caring about the detailed needs of their life but He does! You just read it. It says, "BUT IN EVERYTHING...present your requests." God cares about souls being saved and about people being helped in this defiled world. He cares about each and every one of us. He is a Father and His love toward you is personal!
I have asked the Lord for so many things over the years. I have done so because when I ask in faith, it is pleasing and honoring to the Lord. He wants us dependent upon Him for everything. It's when we find we are leaning on ourselves that we can know we are in trouble. It's easy to go buy on credit and rack up debt. Anyone can do that without God. There are far too many things that we are incapable in ourselves of getting, doing, or accomplishing. Asking God for help out of a pure heart is a product of discernment that comes with time. God is not upset as you navigate learning to ask through the learning process. Don't kids ask for a snack right before dinner? You know they'll learn over time. You don't get mad at them for that! You might not get them the pony they ask for but you'll not hold back on what you know you could do that would bless them. Asking is a process of learning but you need to ask! The thing we should feel guilty about is NOT asking for fear He won't hear or that He doesn't care. You can't believe how many people there are that just don't ask God in sincere faith for anything. He says, "WE HAVE NOT BECAUSE WE ASK NOT!
Psalm 84:11 tells us "For the LORD God is our light and protector; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly." When you ask and you don’t see things happen right away, please keep this in mind. It isn’t because HE is not working on it. Most of what God brings us in life comes through other people. God does not usurp people’s will. He has to lead them in their heart to reach out just like He tries to encourage you to reach out and help others. Hopefully they will respond. If they don’t, He looks for someone else. Yes He could do a miracle and sometimes does, but He primarily chooses to bring His blessings to us through people. Remember also that He wants to teach you to be a giver as well as a receiver. In truth, it all starts with you learning to find ways to give to others. Luke 6:38 says, "If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you."
Do you have a need? Ask in faith believing. Let the Lord teach you. Be patient and be confident that no good thing will he withhold from you. Say it and believe it! And if you can find something to give or sow into another's life, plant that seed and know that God cares about your need!
Philippians 4:19 (NLT) "And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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