On Saturday, I posted 1 Kings 3:5 (NLT)
“That night the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, ‘What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
I posted that verse because God spoke to me through it. Right before I started to read the Bible Friday afternoon, I was reading through a book I’m sure that you’ve heard of: “The Prayer of Jabez.” Okay, so I admit I prejudged the book. It sounded like it was all about asking God only to bless you, to lead you into the abundant life. Yeah…I was so wrong. In fact, the author, Bruce Wilkinson, actually speaks against that attitude! “When we ask for God’s blessing, we’re not asking for more of what we could get for ourselves.”
Anyway, I digress. (LOL! I have always wanted to use that phrase! I hope you liked it 🙂 )
So, the prayer of Jabez (it’s in the Bible! 1 Chronicles 4:10) goes like this:
“ Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.”
My favorite part of that is this: “And God granted him what he requested.”
So, I’m thinking about this as I start to read the Bible passages for the day–1 Kings 3. As I start, I stopped and prayed, “God, PLEASE speak to me through this today.”
The next setnece I read was, “That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, ‘What do you want? Ask and I will give it to you!””
Needless to say, I was a bit surprised! I mean…I was just thinking about the prayer of Jabez. Jabez had asked for what he wanted! He wanted God’s blessing, more land, for God’s hand of protection and that he would not be in pain. And God gave it to him. Now I was reading about God asking Solomon to tell Him what he wanted.
This was too great to be a coincidence of any sort. I love how God speaks!!
Then these verses came to mind:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
“You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.”
And since then, the Lord has also brought these to mind, too!
“If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
So…clearly, God wants us to ask Him for what we want!! There’s no question about that.
But now the question is…what should I be asking God for? LOL! This is no easy question.
So Lord, I ask you to fill our minds with the plans You have for us. Fill us with Your desires. May we not ask with wrong desires! Purify our minds to ask for what You want for us! Thank You that everything is wrapped up in You. We are Yours, Lord!! Thank You for allowing us to ask so that we may have!