“I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything just because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence and boldness he will get up and give him whatever he needs.”
Luke 11:8 AMP
I must admit, this is the part of the A.S.K.ing I have had the most trouble with in the past because I always felt as though I was somehow missing it if my prayers didn’t get answered right away. It looks something like this, “Well I didn’t get what I asked for, so it must not be God’s will...”
Then, after letting that doubt creep in we begin swallowing bigger lies thrown at us from well-meaning people and even ourselves in most cases, “Well you know God will provide your needs, just not your wants...”
Keep on going down this line of reasoning and we might just end up with the biggest whammy of the bunch, “You know God works in mysterious ways...”
And then bam! One day we wake up and our receiver is completely broken! :)
Be encouraged today, I have great news for you! Jesus Himself said, keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking!
Listen, the Bible says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
The Bible says, “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.”
John 15:7 AMP
Again, “The young lions lack [food] and grow hungry, But they who seek the LORD will not lack any good thing.”
Psalms 34:10 AMP
All throughout scripture, we find God providing our needs and wants and we have learned already that when our hearts are full of the Word of God, we know that even our wants line up with scripture! :)
Therefore, the problem is not with God or whether it’s His will, this would however be the easiest path to take because it takes all the pressure off of us! :)
Can I tell you some more good news? The pressure was never on us anyhow! All the pressure remains on the Word and it is well able to stand the test of time and any doubts we may possess.
In other words, no matter if we receive from it or not, the Bible remains true! No matter our experiences, the Bible remains true! No matter what we believe or don’t believe, the Bible remains true!
So where does this leave us?
The Word of God is His will! :) Therefore if it says, I can have my heart’s desires if I delight myself in Him, then that’s the final Word! And if I am delighting myself in Him and my experience is I am not receiving my heart’s desire, this is when doubt tries to creep in...
Don’t let it! Keep on keeping on!
The Bible puts it this way, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:13 KJV
Listen, we live in a material world, but our battle is not with flesh and blood. Ephesians 6:12
We don’t always see what’s truly going on around us, but I can tell you this, the thief comes not but for to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus came to give us life and it more abundantly! John 10:10
Therefore, keep sowing good seed, keep giving, keep putting the Word of God in, keep going to church, keep tithing, keep encouraging, keep praising Him, keep praying, keep reaching out to others, keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking!
Don’t you quit! The Word of God is alive, “So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; It will not return to Me void (useless, without result), Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 AMP
It doesn’t matter what you see or feel, the Word works! Knock! Persist! Press through any doubt, disbelief, feeling, thought, bad experience, anything