What if the richest person in the world came up to you and asked you to ask them for anything you wanted, as long as it followed their morals and standards of living? Note that this rich person is very fond of you in a platonic way and wants to help you with anything, especially your needs. Their wealth is infinite, in the sense that no matter what you ask for their wealth will not be depleted much at all. They will match you up with anything or anyone that you need. Not only do they ask you if you want anything, they want you to ask them for the things you need. What’s even more awesome is you don’t even have to pick up a phone to ask them, you just have to start talking and they’ll hear you.
Most people now-a-days would probably be ecstatic at first about being able to do this. They would make sure they followed the rules of making the request. They would probably love asking daily because since they can see that person, they know who that person is, and trust in what others say about that person’s wealth they have full faith that this person could deliver their requests. Why, then, don’t people feel this giddy about God?
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.“
1 John 5:14 (NIV)
Is God not the wealthiest in the world? He is not just a king but THE king. He owns all that is in the earth and can give us things that money could never buy. His currency is not money; it’s faith, and sometimes a little persistence with the faith. Jesus tells us to ask the Father for all our needs and according to His will(the rules), so why is it so hard for us to believe that God’s will is going to be done?
I have to admit, I’m one of the few people who would not believe the wealthy person mentioned in the scenario in the first two paragraphs. I would be skeptical about who this person is and what they wanted from me. I would think that this person might be shady and if I never really got to see the person that often in my life I would wonder if they ever really existed in the first place or was I just imagining things, especially if any of my requests took more time than I thought they should. This is what happens when we are approaching God in prayer sometimes too.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.“
It’s easy to get tired of waiting, tired of hoping, and if others are trying to tell you to give up on what you want to do or have in life, you might feel more inclined to caving into their pressure. Waiting on God is worth it though. Being persistent towards God about what you want is good. This testing can increase our endurance and strengthen and stretch our faith. God doesn’t always let the prayers come easy for this very reason. He wants us to grow in our faith and in Him. He wants us to understand how to walk by faith. Yes, the wait can be miserable at times or just nerve-wracking, but it’s so worth it when you see Him come through with His promises. It’s so awesome to see God work! So, if you are waiting on God for something, if you are persistently asking Him for help know that He is there, He is working, and you will get an answer, whether it’s a yes or no, at the right timing.
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