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Thursday, August 17, 2006

ASK WHATEVER YOU WISH, AND IT WILL BE GIVEN YOU

August 11,2006

REFLECTIONS:

· To consecrate no place to prayer, is to make a beggarly showing, not
only in praying, but in holy living, for secret prayer and holy living are
so closely joined that they can never be severed.( E.M. Bounds)
· To Ask God to do things that are assuredly not His will is to wage war
through prayer, against God and against oneself. To pray that God should
put aside his will and do something else is to attempt to murder God. To
pray that God should act according to the desires of ones heart instead
of acting according to his pre determined purpose, is to attempt to
overthrow Go. ... (Zacharias Tanee Fomum)
· We ask God for silver, and He sends His denials wrapped in gold.

TEXT:
Jeremiah 33:
2 "This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed
it and established it--the LORD is his name: 3'Call to me and I will
answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'
NIV

John 14:
13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring
glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will
do it.
John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you
wish, and it will be given you.

What a privilege is ours as the Lord has the door of heaven open for us to
call. However dark the situation may be, however confused, our heavenly
Father wants us to call for he has an answer. One of the basic tenets of
Christian faith is prayer that is based on the word of God. Prayer is
essential ingredient to our relationship with God. It is the access that a
single mother, who having given the last grain from her last coin to her
children, tells God. O yes Lord, the mid night rider has come . . . and
by the morning there is some provision for breakfast.
Prayer is deep relationship with the Father that gets what is in the mind
of the Father to the mind of the believer and so establishes the kingdom
values on earth.
Our prayer reveals our state of spiritual maturity. If you remain in me
and my words remain in you is very important aspect of prayer. There is
a relationship between our understanding what prayer is and how we value
God. Prayer is our key to Gods treasures that are meant for us. When
fear seems to creep in because the way is not clear remember Jeremiah
33:3.
Prayer can be a very dangerous weapon that can cause untold suffering
to ignorant and immature believer. If the mind is not getting renewed
by the word of God and so you live by the values and standards of the
world, then the promise of asking whatever you will may not hold.

PRAYER AND THE STATE OF SPIRITUAL MATURITY
Our prayers reflect our state of maturity.
Three levels of maturity as identified by Zacharias T. Fomum of Cameroun
A. Pre occupation with personal needs
B. Pre-occupation with others needs
C. Pre-occupation with God.

A. PRE OCCUPATION WITH PERSONAL NEEDS

Pre-occupation with personal needs makes people ask for daily bread before
acknowledging the supremacy of God and His will. The unspoken assumption
is my will be done on earth. The items of prayers are usually meant to
influence peoples opinion about us. Prayers which are meant to build
personal kingdoms are literally asking God to step out of his throne so
that it is you who rule.
Why would people pray such deathly prayers?
1. Lack of understanding of what prayer is. In some of our languages we
do not have a word that can be translated to mean prayer. The dynamic
equivalent is begging kuomba- kuhoya- . . .and so a person who prays
is a beggar. You beg only when you are in need and you may put on a
posture and clothing that attracts sympathy. Prayer is not begging.
2. Lack of growth. Christian growth comes as people feed their beliefs
with the word of God so that they gain a perspective of God (Romans
12:1-2).
3. Desire to be independent. One may be a Christian for many years but
fail to distinguish between biological maturity and spiritual maturity.
The more independent a person is the more mature but in the kingdom of God
the more dependent you are on him the more mature. Cultural Christians are
activity driven for they assume that they can win Gods favour because of
their performance. Think of Queen Vashti (Esther1), who was busy in the
palace, doing good things, but failed to respond to the king when he asked
for her presence and consequently lost her position. Activities cannot
make up for relationship with our heavenly Father. Prayer to the
performance driven person is like asking for payment for the work that one
has done for God. To him/her prayers are demand notes for the services
rendered. That is failing to know who God is and who one is to him.
4. Desire to earn Gods favour. People preoccupied with their needs have
assumption that their works earn them Gods favour. It is disturbing when
you hear people in prayer say that they deserve the healing or the passing
of examinations, promotion, etc. because of the good works they have done.
Is there anything that we can do that can equal Gods love for us?
Goodness that is based on ones performance brings pride. Jesus Christ
illustrated the futility of pride motivated prayers using the story of the
Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:10-14). Cultural Christians do not
understand what the grace of God is all about. The grace that the hymn
writer caught in the words,
Not the labour of my hands, Shall fulfil Thy laws demand; Should my zeal
no respite know, Could my tears forever flow, All for sin could not
atone, Thou must save and Thou alone.
5. Lack of understanding of the Sovereignty of God. There is a way prayers
can be used as assigning of tasks to God. To such a person God is like an
errand boy who is given a list of activities to accomplish. When there is
delay or undesired response, the person experiences sense of anger,
frustration, and bitterness. There is a hidden feeling that God is not
trustworthy and so some precautions need to be taken when necessary. Such
a Christian lives in fear and is generally bitter because God may not have
answered some prayers the way the expected.

Prayers that seek to dethrone God are lethal. Just think about our human
will being established on earth with all our limitations. Then where does
God and his power come in?
DOES GOD ANSWER SELFISH PRAYER?
It seems to me that if we push and insist on having our way, God does
allow us to go on. We read of lying spirit that went to the prophets of
Ahab to tell him he was going to win the battle while he was actually
going to be killed (1 Kings 22:22-23).
In Sunday school we learnt that God answers prayers in three ways, like
traffic lights at around about- He can say, Yes=Green, or No=Red or wait
=Amber/orange. It seems there is fourth way. Think of some Matatu in
Kenya, though the signal say wait, you just assume it says go in as long
as there are no policemen in sight.
Illustration
Numbers 10:10-15, 31-34 The children of Israel wailed before God. They
wanted some meat and expressed doubts on Gods ability to meet their
needs.
Psalm 106:14-15 In the desert they in to their craving, In the wasteland
they put God to test, So he gave them what they asked for but sent a
wasting disease upon them.
Numbers 10:33 But while the meat was still between their teeth and before
it could be consumed the anger of the Lord burned against the people and
he struck them with sphere plague

There is need to distinguish between persistence in prayer and prayer
driven by unbelief and poor attitude to who God is. (Luke 11:1-13) Jesus
Christ teaches that our heavenly Father is willing to give what we ask
for. The key is that we abide in him and get to know what is in his mind.

Little of the Word with little Prayer is death to the spiritual life.
Much of the Word with little Prayer gives a sickly life.
Much of Prayer with little Word gives emotional life.
But a full measure of the Word and Prayer each day gives a healthy and
powerful life.
(Andrew Murray)
(To be continued)

11 Comments:

Anonymous kenyananalyst said...

The Lord touched me through this. Thanks for sharing.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So many thanks for sharing this message on the net. My prayer life will definately not remain the same as i learn to patiently seek for and be allidgned to God's will.
Patrick, Uganda

7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry but this passage seems like such a lie to me anymore. Why you ask I am living testament that this promise is not true.
I have been begging in jesus's name for God to help me for years.
this last year being the worst I have ever had to go through, and still continue to go through.
I have lost track how many times I have fallen crying, and begging on the floor for God to bless me with the things I need, and yet everyday I remain in this hell that I am trapped in.
I have even come to the point where I am now a shut in, and don't even want to live anymore, and yet I keep hearing people telling this horrible lie, getting every ones hopes up believing that God will give you the desires of your heart, when he can care less how much a person hurts, or is miserable.
So no this passage is Not true, just a false promise, or out right lie.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for placing this on the net. the LOrd just sent help to me in order to get me grow into a better christian. i am sure i have learnt something to practise here. thanks again.

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Esther Mbunya said...

I was really blessed by this sharing. My call from God is based on prayer. And when i just started parying; i use to pray for 2hours but sometimes saw no response at all; it was like things usually became wosrt: But when i understood that one must pray according to His will; that is God²s word; prayer became a hobby to me.Sometimes i won²t need 2hours to supplicate God for something; I just whispered a word to the Holy Spirit while in the cap and as i am stepping out of it; i am getting what i want. Not only was i asking according to His word; but i asked with faith and confidence believing this word that says; we should ask of Him and He will make nations our inheritance. I decided to live a Holy life; to stay in the task God has given me; and allow Him work out things on my behalf knowing that i must seek first His kingdom and all other things follow sute. And i think praying is construction a very deep relationship with God which no one can expalain only you feel it. If my early mornings are not concencrated to pray; meditate and read His word; its like my day will be bad. Its not a law; its not religion but no paryer; no life. Infact prayer is life.

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