Ask for Anything from God (?)

What is your heart desiring? Fame? Popularity? Wealth? Love? Well, ask for anything from God! Afterall, He told us in Matthew 7:7 to ask, and it will be given to us, didn’t He?

But nope, that’s not the way it works. For before He said that in chapter 7, He too has said in Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

We ask for things from God most of the time. When we get it, we say God is good. What about when we don’t? Does God stop being good then? Has He stopped listening to our prayers?

The problem has never been with God. Sometimes, the problem lies with our desires. Do the things we desire align with God’s desire? When given to us, will it bring us closer to or further from God? Does it glorify Him, or is it simply an ego boost for us?

Looking back at Matthew 6:33, in order for “all these things will be added to you” to happen, we must “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness”.

The same thing is also said in Psalms 37:4, where it says,

“Delight yourself in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

In order for us to gain the desires of our heart, we must first delight ourselves in Him. Because when we learn to seek after God’s own heart, we will then learn to have the right desires, the ones that align with His, the ones that glorify His name, and not our mere worldly pleasures. And when our desires align with His, count on it, He will fulfill the desires of our hearts!

What we desire for determines who we are. Is God your heart’s utmost desire today?

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20 thoughts on “Ask for Anything from God (?)

  1. Well said, and very true! God gives us what we need, and that isn’t always what we want. There’s a big difference sometimes…

    Good post!

    TTL

      • Thanks for the reply…(love the name, Wellney!) We have our “wants” in our heads, God has our “needs” in His heart. For the children of the Lord, we are much better off when we know and accept that fact!

        TTL

      • Teeheey thanks a lot! Very well said – “we have our wants in our heads, God has our needs in His hearts” -> this really sounds like a motivational-poster-worthy quote. Might have to use it quite often! :D. Thanks a lot, blessings unto you, my friend in Christ! πŸ™‚

      • Thank you so much! Use it at will, just send the royalty checks to me…lol…

        We’ll be sharing again soon…

        TTL

    • Well God has given men the free will to do the right/wrong thing. Hence, the bad things we do are not part of His plans.

      However, He too has said in Romans 8:28, that “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
      This is to say that God can use ALL things (the good and also the bad) and turn it for the good of those who LOVE Him (this is important).

      In conclusion, the bad things we do is a result of misusing our free will. However, because our God is loving and forgiving, He can still turn all things for the good for those who love Him, and no mistake of ours is ever beyond repair in His eyes.

      I hope this helps. God bless you! πŸ™‚

  2. It says: β€œDelight yourself in the LORD,and he will give you the desires of your heart.” But what if we delight Him, but our desires aren’t what God desire? Does he still fulfill it?

    Sorry if this is such a stupid question……. i am a stupid person.

    • Hey, it’s always ok to ask and learn, and don’t call it stupidity! πŸ™‚

      That’s a good question. In response to that, I do believe that when you put God as your heart’s utmost desire, then all else will come in line with that. When Jesus is at the centre of your life, your desire will be to seek His heart and have what He desires for your life, and to make your desires in line with His.

      However, even when you have had Him as the centre of your life, things don’t always go perfect indeed. And there may be times when you want something that is not His desire. But the important question is, why do you desire that (the desire that is not His)? God is more concerned about WHY than WHAT. What is that desire and why doesn’t it stand in line with His? Does it glorify Him or is it just a desire of the flesh? Might that be the wrong desire to begin with, one that comes from mere flesh to fulfil our worldly desires?

      And furthermore, God has your best interest at heart. He made you, He knows you better than you know yourself. He sees your days even before they unfold! Our understanding and perspective are very limited, but His are limitless. Would He not give you the best? What we think is best does not even come close to His second, third and fourth best. Surrender your life to Him, and He will give you more than you can imagine πŸ™‚
      Matthew 7:
      9-11 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him

      In that case, I believe that the desire will not be fulfilled, as we are gonna learn a more valuable lesson instead: to take up the cross and deny our worldly desires.

      Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, β€œIf anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

      We are humans, and our worldly desires catch up ever so often. Following God does not mean that you will never have a will different from His (as we are still living in the flesh), but to surrender and know that His plans are always better than ours.
      Luke 22:42 – β€œFather, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done”

      I hope this answer helps, and that you will find strength from Him to overcome that desire and let Jesus take the wheel. Let go and let God! God bless you πŸ™‚

  3. I couldn’t have said it better myself. You must be a wonderful Sunday School teacher. Thanks for visiting my site, and as I’m writing a story about being an eagle, I think you will truly enjoy God’s offer for us to “flap less, and soar more”. I’ll be back to read more. I like your style.

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