Ask You will Receive
Ask You will Receive
When a son asks his father for bread will he not give it to him? Or when he asks from his him for clothing will the father not give it to him? On the other hand, when a stranger comes to you for bread will you not give him the leftovers? Or if he asks for clothes will you not give him an old one? The question is what would you give your son? Would you give him new or old things? As you can see, we differentiate between our son and a stranger. As a matter of fact, we fail to offer the stranger what we would for our son.
Therefore, when someone asks something from God, God does not answer him. Why? If all humanity were children of God why then He doesn’t hear their prayers or answer their requests? The truth is not all are God’s children. For the Bible clearly says in John 1: 12: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God…” According to this verse, by receiving someone we can become children of God. Who, then, is that someone?
The Gospel of John commences with this verse, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” Here we notice that the “Word” was God the creator of all things. Also in verse 14 from same chapter ‘John 1: 14’, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” This shows that God who created the heavens and earth and everything therein appeared in the flesh. The Apostle Paul spoke about Jesus in his Epistle to the Philippians 2: 7-8: “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” John the Baptist also spoke about Jesus in John 1: 29,34, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world….And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God”
Therefore, you should believe in Jesus Christ as God who came in the flesh and died on the cross for the remission of your sins. Then upon receiving Him in your heart only then you will become one of God’s children. The Apostle Paul said in his Epistle to the Romans 10: 9-10, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be savedFor with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Accordingly, you should never imagine that God will answer your requests or prayers unless you become a child of His.
Lastly and not least, you should make your request before God in the name of Jesus Christ in order for your prayers to be answered. The Bible says in John 16: 23, “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” Does this mean that every request I make before God in prayer, after committing my life to Christ, will be answered? The answer to this question is found in the following question: “If your son asks for venom will you give it to him?
All requests God’s people make before Him will be granted providing that they do not lead to spiritual intoxication. Now, if you will, pray this prayer:
O Lord! I am a sinner. Forgive my sins with your blood that was shed on the cross. Please come into my heart and grant me eternal life so that I may become one of your children.
If you pray this prayer in faith you will become one of God’s children. Please write to us. Our address is as follows:
Jerusalem Bible Institute
P. O. Box 19349