Recieved Through

In prayer we ask for many good things for ourselves and others. God’s ways of answering our prayers range over a broad spectrum of circumstances. We see this in Yeshua’s gifts of miraculous healing, where He told one blind man to go wash in a certain pool, He told the lepers to go present themselves to the priest; He instructed one to stand up and take His mat. Is it possible that sometimes we need to take some small action or go through some event before we receive that which we need? Much of life involves learning or maturing through experience, if we ask for things but avoid the aspects that are part of the experience, we may miss the whole point. There are more aspects than we are able to consider, perhaps the greatest is timing, e.g. the virtue of waiting.

Similarly, our discernment of good and bad is generally sound, most of us understand that murder, stealing, and lying are bad, but in complex lesser acts things can get flipped around entirely. Moreover, the deceiver and enemy of mankind together with others cause problems. “For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-14) This is not making an excuse for God or scripture, but for our failure to trust that God does all things for our good. In fact, we see in scripture that on certain occasions God granted petitions that were not His best will and much suffering resulted. (1 Sam. 8:9-22; 2 King 20:1-18)

We are instructed to ask and believe and not give up. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust….But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.” (Psalm 103:13-14,17-18)
The Holy Spirit guides us into God’s perfect will, warns of the enemy’s snares, and exposes the lie. He pulls us through to victory and to Him belongs all glory and praise. Lord, we have seen your light and tasted of your lovingkindness, yet we still need you, our Savior, to lead us through to victory. We are thankful for your grace that pulls us through when we are weak. How great is your faithfulness and love!

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Retired Journeyman
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