The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
God loves to answer our prayers far more than we desire to pray them.
"Ask and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full" (Matthew 16:24).
Note also that our Lord loves to answer in order to fill our hearts with His joy. We must view Him in these terms in order to align ourselves with Scripture. God bears an infinite nature of generosity, to the degree He provided our salvation at the cost of His beloved Son's lifeblood. This is who He is, and this is how He acts as the One who "loveth a cheerful giver" because He is Himself the most cheerful of givers (II Corinthians 9:7).
Of course, our Heavenly Father also bears the nature of holy devotion to that which accords with His nature, purpose, and the best interests of His creation. Thus, we will sometimes "ask and receive not" because we do not ask in accordance with His will (James 4:3). We wouldn't want it any other way because who among us have not desired things that hindsight reveals would have been destructive to God's glory and our well being? Thus, we pray always with the understanding we can be misguided in our requests, or as James referenced in the same verse mentioned above, "Ye ask amiss."
This should not keep us from asking much. As long as we maintain the attitude of "not my will, but Thine be done," and as long as we seek to be guided by the authority of God's Word, we can and should come often to "let your requests be made known unto God" (Luke 22:42; Philippians 4:6). We desperately need God's provision and working, and we desperately need to act as His trusting children who seek it. No possibility of fulfilling our responsibility to "live by faith" exists apart from the exercise of faith whereby we make frequent journeys to our Lord's throne of grace (Romans 1:17). We greatly please His heart as we come - "the prayer of the upright is His delight" - and we greatly honor Him as we bear witness to His marvelous and faithful generosity by believing His promises and seeking His provision (Micah 7:18).
"Call unto Me and I will answer Thee and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
Weekly Memory Verse
If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin.
(I John 1:7)
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