Monday, January 05, 2015

I prayed for a new car, but didn't get it! What's up?

     If the bible says all we have to do is ask, seek and knock and we would receive, why is it that we have often asked for things and have not received them?
   Do you remember the job you prayed for or the new car, clothes or that 82” big screen T.V. that was on your prayer list? Why didn’t God keep his promise and deliver our prayer request?
   Our expectation is based on popular notions, but not biblical truth.
   In our lesson for this week Jesus gave his disciples an outline of what to pray for and how to pray. In Matthew 6:9-13 he gives the outline. In Luke 11:1-13 he gives the outline again with a more detailed explanation.
   The idea is to ask for the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives daily, to guide us and protect us from evil and from ourselves.
   It is the Holy Spirit or the presence of God that we should pray for to help us deal with all of life’s issues. He will guide us in the right direction, and help us deal with the issues we face. It is better to pray for God’s presence than a new Xbox or a new refrigerator. We are promised that if we ask or seek the Holy Spirit he will come.
   God can do anything: heal, bless, open doors and provide new refrigerators. We should pray for the Holy Spirit, not for things.
   The idea of asking for things such as cars, new clothes, a fine woman or a super lover is not what is meant by ask, seek and knock.
    Look closely at Luke 11:10 and 13 together and you get clear answer: 10: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 13. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
   Instead of asking God for the Saints to win a football game or for a new fishing pole, the Bible says when we pray we should ask for God’s presence. He heals, opens doors and makes the magic happen in our lives.
   If we ask for him, seek him, or knock on a door looking for him, he will co


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