13. Ask and you will receive

We are truly blessed to be part of God's Kingdom now already. We are blessed to have Him living within us. We are blessed to be one Spirit with Him. We are truly blessed. And out of this Kingdom living perspective we might understand the following Scriptures better:

"Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will have them." Mark 11:24

"And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." Matthew 21:22

"And whatever you ask in My Name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it." John 14:13, 14

"You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My Name He may give you." John 15:16

"And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My Name He will give to you. Until now you have asked nothing in My Name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."John 16:23, 24

As you can see this one theme is repeated again and again in the Gospels. And I have learned the significance of things being repeated in the Bible. God wants to make sure that His children understand what He wants to tell them. These verses are mostly avoided by churches because they don't know how to explain to their church members that they will have what they pray for. And they most certainly don't know what to say when their congregation don't get what they prayed for. And yet God tells us to pray and to ask, using the Name of Jesus. And as we have seen, we have the Name of Christ, we roam this earth as His possessions bearing His Name. Therefore we have the legal right to ask for things in this world using His Name. After all, He commands us to use His Name.

Now does this mean we can ask that everything be well with us? Does it mean that we can pray for material possessions? Does it mean that we can pray for our health? Does it mean we can pray for our country and expect everything to change? What does it mean? Surely we cannot just get everything we ask for like a magic wand. I think the following verse clarifies this for us:

"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." John 15:7

The key word here is 'abide'. The Greek word for abide is Meno and according to the Bible hub it means - "something has established itself within my soul, and always exerts its power in me." Thayer Lexicon says that it means 'to continue to be present'. So let us look at this verse again. It is saying that if we allow Jesus to continue to be present and established in our soul and allow Him to exert His power in us, then we will have what we ask for. In other words, we've previously seen that  Jesus lives within us, our spirit is connected with His, but we need to allow Him to start to permeate into our souls as well and start to influence our thoughts. When we get to a point (and we certainly can) where Jesus fills not only our spirit, but our souls as well, then all that we ask for will be given to us. Why? Because we will be asking what Jesus would be asking for.

Once again, we need to renew our minds to think as Jesus did. We've seen that we have the mind of Christ and the time has come that we apply His mind. And the more we think like Him, the more our prayers would be answered and our desires given to us. We are God's children, He wants the best for us. He wants us to thrive and to be healthy to do what He has planned for us to do. Jesus Himself spoke all the Scriptures quoted above. Don't you think the time has come to ask. James 4:2 tells us that we do not have because we do not ask.

Spend time with Jesus, abide in Him, remain in Him and then ask your hearts' desires. Ask Him and it will be done for you. The Word is faithful and true and cannot lie. Stand on the Word. Jesus came to open up the way to the Father. Use the channel He died to give you. Ask, My child, ask, says the Lord.

Thank you Father for the wonderful privilege to be able to ask You for so much. Thank you that we can trust in Your Word, that we can ask in Jesus' Name and that it will be done for us according to Your Word. May Your Word and Your Son abide in our souls, that we can ask according to Your perfect will. Thank you for the privilege. In Jesus' Name. Amen

3 comments for “13. Ask and you will receive”

  1. Gravatar of henrihenri
    Posted Thursday, 01 June 2017 at 9:46:41 AM

    I have always battled with the quoted verses but now I understand that I "will be asking what Jesus would be asking for."

  2. Gravatar of BarbaraBarbara
    Posted Saturday, 17 June 2017 at 2:08:26 PM

    Amen. Amen. That's so true. I am so grateful to the Almighty God that I can ask anything in His Name and it's granted to me.
    Glory to God!!
    Thank you.

  3. Gravatar of AnelAnel
    Posted Thursday, 27 July 2017 at 2:18:47 AM

    Dankie Ilze, ek het altyd gesukkel met hierdie konsep, dankie vir die wonderlike verduideliking!!!

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