Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Verse for Today
James 1:6 - But (one) must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

The extent of bold asking is the result of knowing the depth of the need and the capacity and willingness of the giver. If we are in deep and utter need, we would be bold to ask, provided the person we are asking is absolutely willing to give us what we are asking for and has all the resources we need. But if we ask with doubt, it might be because we do not feel the need so deeply or because we have doubt about the person's capacity to give. There are a lot of people who have the capacity to give, but are not willing, and at the same time others who are willing, but too poor to give. But God doesn't come under both these categories. He is both willing to give to His children and capable of giving because He has inexhaustible resources. When this is so, why are we not asking as we ought to ask? Why do we hesitate and doubt the giver? It is because we do not have the kind of faith that we profess in God, the greatest giver. Perhaps we are not quite sure about his capacity because we do not probe in His Word about His heavenly resources, apart from all that is there in this Universe. All He has are for His children and He is quite willing to give provided they ask. He is out there waiting for us to ask on the basis of full faith and confidence in Him and His willingness to give. He is a compassionate and merciful Father who is full of loving kindness for His children. He doesn't want us to be like paupers in this world. He doesn't want us to go and knock at the doors of the world and its agents to give us, for He knows that we will get wrong things from those sources to distract us from our pilgrimage.

Dear friend, are you asking your benevolent Father in Heaven to give you all that you need to live for His glory and honor? Have you probed the depth of His resources in Heaven? Do you know the Father closely as a benevolent Father who is the greatest giver to mankind? Do you know that He has already given His best in Heaven to man and so do you think He will ever withhold other mundane things from His beloved children? Why should you doubt Him and His capacity or willingness to give? Perhaps you are not seeing what He has already given you. If so let us today look at what He has in store for us and see it with our spiritual eyes. Once we see and believe the great barn house in Heaven, it will fortify our faith to be able to go to the Father in faith. If we are ever tossed around, let us ask Him to strengthen our faith as did the disciples of Jesus. If we seek rest in His green pastures, He will protect us from being tossed around by the mighty winds of doubts which come from this world which smell doubt and confusion. When we have faith in the Father and His resources, we will be able to laugh at the impossibilities of this world and challenge the doubts cast by the winds which come from hell to stall us from going forward. Our Father is faithful and all His promises hold as good as they have always been. His power and strength have always been unchanging no matter what changes are encountered in and around us. Today let us go to Him and confess our doubts and unbelief, and ask Him to fill us with His Spirit who is the Spirit of confidence and hope. Let us hold the hands of the Father which hold us firmly, and go forward to challenge the winds of the world and ask the Father boldly and get our needs met.

Jeremiah 29:13 - You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.

Thought for Today
Knowledge of the Holy One and faith in His capabilities will make us bold to pray.

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