Years ago when my children were small, I was in the kitchen one day pouring myself a glass of juice. I was suddenly interrupted by two pairs of eyes staring at me intently. Those eyes belonged to two of my children who were standing nearby and making it very obvious that they also wanted some.
So, I asked the obvious question. “Do you guys want some juice?” The answer was immediate and I invited each of them to bring me a cup so I could pour them a glass.
My daughter came over with a small cup and I filled it for her. My son came over with a much larger cup and I also filled that for him. However, as soon as my daughter saw how much more juice my son received, she complained that he was getting a better deal.
As I considered how silly my daughter’s complaint was, I responded by informing her of the obvious. She brought me a small cup, so, she got less juice!
Then it hit me. This was more than just an isolated incident. This was actually one of the greatest spiritual lessons of my life.
You see, many times when we approach God, we do the same thing my daughter did. When we make our requests known to Him, we bring Him a “small cup” instead of a “large cup”; and we get what we ask for.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ was clear: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7). This is not a magic formula and God is not trying to teach us to whine whenever we want something so He can give us whatever we want. James reminds us in James 4:3 that we ask and receive not, because we “ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts”.
Having said this, it is clear from Scripture that God is not playing games with us. He is truly looking to reward our simple faith in Him and expects us to approach Him in sincerity and with full confidence that we will receive what we are asking for. We can be sure that if we are willing for the answer to be according to His will, we will receive our requests. Even when the answer is not what we expected, we can rest assured that the result is in our best interest.
Friend, if you have been longing for a blessing but have not gathered the courage to seek God boldly to make your request known to Him; I would like to encourage you to do so today. Remember, that without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6).