July 3, 2016

The better question

We have all heard the question, "Does God answer prayers," but there is a better one to consider.

It is this: "Does God answer your prayers?"

You see, Scripture is clear.

"Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart," (Psalm 37:4).

What desires of yours has God fulfilled?

What desires do you have that the Lord has yet to fulfill?

Have any of your desires changed since your repentance, and rebirth?

Are the desires that you had ten years ago the same ones you have today?

What about the desires you had 6 months ago?

What has happened to them?

What were the desires of Jesus?

What about the apostle Paul?

We are to follow Jesus, and the apostle Paul said to imitate him (I Corinthians 4:16).

No way, in any context, of any Scripture, can I imagine either Jesus, or Paul praying for more stuff.

Nor for more money either, or a vacation, or for better sales.

(Not that God cannot provide for his children's needs.)

But if the apostle Paul walked the earth today, what would he be asking God to do?

What did he (and Jesus) ask God to do?

When they prayed, did they demand anything like prosperity, and health?

What is to be developing in the life of the truly redeemed?

If you answer, "Good fruit," then perfect!

Now name the fruit of the Spirit.

And also remember that only one certain type of fruit to be developing, and in the life of the truly redeemed, it will be developing. It also does not develop in the middle of thorns (sin), for good fruit (of the Spirit) does not develop alongside bad fruit (Matthew 7:18).

Now, consider carefully, for what do you ask God?


Rarely anything?

Are you to ask anything of him?

Anything at all?

Do you ask fervently as we are told to ask?

Would the child, who truly knows God as Father, ask foolishly, ever?

With a new heart, can that really be done?

When you pray, are you at peace in your asking?

Or do you cross your fingers, and knock on wood, and hope that he hears you?

Are you praying without ceasing?

Do the cares of others burden your heart, or are you consumed with your needs?

Is there a better question I could ask?


What questions did Jesus ask of others?

Would he ask them of you?

Are you afraid to be questioned?

It is time to examine your heart.

That is the command of Scripture in II Corinthians 13:5, and I ask, "Do you do that?"

Do you?

Time is short.

Seek the Lord while there is time, for you shall surely die, and then the judgement.

Jesus determines your entry into heaven. You don't. He does.

What will he say to you?

And finally, perhaps an even better question is this, "Are you delighting in the Lord?"

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