Watch What You Ask For!
What do you ask for? Patrick wanted a watch. He wanted a watch so badly that he asked for it repeatedly. His parents finally forbade him to talk about it anymore. So, one night at dinner it was his turnÂ to pray and he said, ”Before I pray, I would like to quote Mark 13:37, ”˜And what I say unto you, I say unto all, WATCH!”” Does what you ask for reflect who you are? How do you ask for it, does that reflect whose you are?
So, in this moment, if you could ask for anything in the world, what would it be? Think carefully, but truthfully, for true answers often reveal a lot about who you are. So, what did you ask for? Do your ambitions tell the story of who you are? Maybe you are seeking a better job position, perhaps one that puts you in charge? Did you ask for money? Or possibly ask to seek fame along with a fortune? There is nothing wrong with asking for things or even working hard to achieve the things you desire but sometimes it isn’t so much what you ask for as to how you ask.
No Matter the Answer Joy is Received
When you ask by praying for good things in life you don’t always get them like you desire. But it is important to remember that you will receive. True and abundant joy is the gift received when we pray in the name of Jesus. For when we focus on Him and upon what He did for us to make us acceptable to God the desires of the heart become insignificant. For the true joy received from Him goes far beyond the current circumstances. This delivered joy forms by developing a consistent relationship with Christ. Because He changed the way that we approach our creator. It is through Him and by using His name in prayer that we can rise above our circumstances. By directing our attention to Him as we pray, we can stay balanced in life’s excitements and its upsets.
As we develop our relationship with Christ we learn that true prayers prepare us. They prepare us to move beyond the meaningless things of this world and help us see the joy that is not only to come but that is reachable each day.
True joy can’t be found without Christ. The Speaker’s Quote Book points out that real joy is found only in one place.
It isn’t found in unbelief, Voltaire was an infidel of the most pronounced type. He wrote: ”I wish I had never been born.”
Nor is it found in pleasure, Lord Byron lived a life of pleasure if anyone did. He wrote: ”The worm, the canker, and grief are mine alone.”
You cannot find it in money. For Jay Gould, the American millionaire had plenty of that. When dying, he said: ”I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth.”
It can’t even be found in position and fame, Lord Beaconsfield enjoyed more than his share of both. He wrote: ”Youth is a mistake; manhood a struggle; old age a regret.”
Nor is it found in the conquest of military glory, as Alexander the Great conquered the known world in his day. Having done so, he wept in his tent because, he said, ”There are no more worlds to conquer.”
So, where is real joy found? The answer is simple, in Christ alone. It is only in Christ that we can come before our true Father. It is only when we tie our lives to Christ that we can walk through the problems and learn how to manage the great times without becoming unbalanced. He is the fountain of joy. He supplies it daily for those who come through Him to the Father. What we pray for is important. But how we pray not only determines who we belong to but allows our soul to sing with joy no matter the answers we receive.
You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy. John 16:24 (NLT)
Joy in Jesus
R.A. Torrey said, ”There is more joy in Jesus in 24 hours than there is in the world in 365 days. I have tried them both.” When we come to God, it is important that we remember that it is only through the gift of His Son that we can come directly to Him. He tells us to not be afraid to approach Him but to also approach in boldness. (Hebrews 4:16) But that doesn’t mean that He will grant everything we want.
God loves us deeply and His gifts are ever flowing but He isn’t a ”genie in a bottle” and we shouldn’t expect that He will deliver whatever we want when we want it. Our dreams and desires must fit His plan for our lives before He fills them. Many times, the thoughts that we focus on give measure to our relationship with Christ. So, when He doesn’t respond positively to our prayers we need to ask Him to make our desires conform to His will. This is often seen in how we approach Him.
Knee and Seat Prayers
There is an old story told about two wives who were doing their laundry in a laundry mat. They were both mending their husband’s pants while waiting. One wife said, ”My husband is miserable. Nothing goes right at work, and he can’ find anything good on television. Our home is a place of despair. When we go to church, the song leader is terrible, and the pastor is an idiot.”
The other wife perplexed by this said, ”My husband is so excited. He can’t wait to go to church. He loves the sermons. We laugh all the time and enjoy our family.”
It got very quiet in the room as the women continued sewing the pants. One was patching the seat of the pants while the other was patching the knees.
It is only because of Christ that we can come to God. It is an honor that He gave Himself for us and it is only through Him that we can reach the great abundance of joy in our life. We must be mindful of who He is and mindful of whose we are. For it is said that joy is the byproduct of obedience. Will you approach Him on your knees or on your seat?
Always Receive the Joy
Be challenged to come boldly to God through Christ. Allow your convictions to know that it is only through Him that you can come. Know that by joining with Him you can manage your life without extremes and find the motivation to come to Him often because of this. And lastly, surround yourself in the comfort of knowing that He loves you so much that He made you acceptable to Him through His Son. Approach Him with confidence allowing your prayers to reflect not only who you are but whose you are and know that no matter the answers you receive joy finds you when you fully belong to Him.
Love in Christ,
Life in abundance comes only through great love.
Credits Zuck, R. B. (2009). The Speaker's Quote Book: Over 5,000 Illustrations and Quotations for All Occasions. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic & Professional; Revised and Expanded edition.
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Do your prayers reflect who you are? Have you received the joy found in knowing whose you are? Share your thoughts on praying in the name of Jesus and the abundant joy received because you belong to Him.