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Daily Reading: 9th January 2015



John 11.20-22 cont.

20 Then when Martha heard that Jesus was she coming went to meet Him, but Mary sat in the house.

21 Then Martha said to Jesus: “Lord, if you only you had been here my brother would not have died.”

22 and I know that whatever You ask God for, He will give it to You.

In his letter James said: the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it – James 4.2 (NLT). He went on to say: [3] And even when you do ask, you don’t get it because your whole motive is wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure  – v.3 (NLT).

Martha was confident that Jesus would ask, and was equally confident that He would receive from God what He asked for.

How are we at making our requests to our Heavenly Father? Do we ask from selfish motives? Do we ask on behalf of others? Are our requests done with a thankful heart, or from despair, disappointment, or hopelessness?

Martha knew that Jesus would ask His Father from the purest of motives. This is because He and the Father are One.

Before we make our requests to God it is always a good idea to spend time listening to Him, allowing the Holy Spirit to plant into our souls exactly what we should be requesting.

This will bring us to be able to do as Paul wrote to the Philippians: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done – v.6 (NLT). A thankful heart is fertilized with the faith that God is faithful to His promises.

Jesus said: [7] “Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. [8] For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks” – Matthew 7.7-8 (NLT).

If we delight ourselves in the Lord He will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37.4). Therefore, our asking needs to be done out of a heart that is focused on delighting in what God wants for us. Our requests to Him must be clothed with a heart that is full of thanksgiving for who He is and what He has and is doing for us in and through Jesus.

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