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When we ask for anything but His name

I have no doubt. Any good father would be willing to give their child anything they desire should they plead long and fervently enough (Luke 5-10). How much more would our loving Father in heaven give us anything we desire (Psa. 37:4, Matt. 7:11)?

Jesus replied…
“You can ask for anything in My name,
and I will do it,
so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.”
(John 14:13 NLT)

And the problem is, we do ask for anything. Anything from private jets to the raising of the dead or even a simple request for that “perfect” spouse, there’s nothing we aren’t bold enough or too unashamed to ask God (as if, He owed it to us somehow).

All that is indeed a problem for two main reasons:

  1. We are unaware that when asking that heaven or paradise be brought to us on earth now, we would risk “having our reward in full” (Matt. 6:2,5,16,19-21, Luke 16:25).
  2. We are unaware that like a father, God is hurting that we would go after anything else (Jer. 2:5) rather than desire Him alone (Psa. 27:4).

Apparently, God would even go as far as to let us severe our ties with Him, should we choose prosperity and happiness over being part of His family (Luke 15:11-13).

That’s just how good He is.

Either way, whether we want everything else and nothing of God or we want Him as much as we want the benefits, I am confident that a believer will eventually choose the material riches over the eternal One. We cannot have two competing longings in our hearts last forever (Matt. 6:24).

The only way to Christian maturity is to want nothing, but God (Psa. 23:1, 27:4).

The question is, are we brave and in love enough to choose to be content in God alone?

Love is in the air

So, there’s this person you found in your life and whoever this is, whenever you see that person’s face, hear that person’s voice, or feel that person’s presence, you are swept off your feet. Day in, day out, you cannot stop thinking of this person. When the day is over, you cannot wait until you see their face, hear their voice, or feel their presence again. Before it becomes an unhealthy obsession, this intense form of infatuation turns into a deeper kind of love for that person. You have this desire to spend eternity with that person. ASAP. Not a minute to waste. The first thing you want to see, hear, and feel every single morning is that person you learned to love. And it better never ends. This intensity should not decrease nor even stagnate. It would be best to be carried away by this growing storm of inner emotions and satisfaction called love. A love focused solely onto a single person in the universe. You belong to each other. You were made for one another.

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