Petition – the art of asking and receiving

Posted: October 17, 2013 in Weapons of Warfare
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“No one can serve two masters.  For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.  That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life — whether you have enough food or drink, or enough clothes to wear.  Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  Look at the birds.  They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them.  And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” Matthew 6: 24-27

“You fathers — if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?  Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion instead? Of course not!  So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” Luke 11:11-13

The Holy Scriptures say that God already knows exactly we need even before we ask him (Matthew 6:8) and they warn us to check our heart and motives before approaching the Most High God with a request for something (James 4:3).

There are storehouses of treasures in God’s Kingdom of Heaven that make the luxuries of earth look like little plastic children’s trinkets; worthless.  “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9   When we view our temporary lives in this temporary world from God’s viewpoint, things change. Priorities change.  We yearn for treasures from the storehouses of Heaven and those treasures are eternal and holy.  When we possess those treasures, no one can take them away from us (Matthew 6:20).

The most precious treasure of heaven is the Holy Spirit.

When God gives the Holy Spirit to us, any need we have is met according to God’s will.  Ask in Jesus’ name and we will be given the gifts of the Spirit.  To name only a few: we can ask for and receive healing, faith, wisdom and discernment, forgiveness, guidance and counsel, clarity and an understanding heart, mercy, knowledge of His will in our lives, love, holiness and righteousness, fellowship with other Christians, joy, peace, contentment in life, whatever our circumstance, and victory over our struggles.

In the spiritual war, when we’re exhausted and don’t think we can go on, we can call out to our mighty God and He Himself will fight for us.  “The Lord himself will fight for you.  Just stay calm.”  Exodus 14:14

 

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