WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WANT? KEEP BUGGING JESUS FOR IT.

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WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WANT? KEEP BUGGING JESUS FOR IT.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” Philippians 4:6

For as empowering as this verse is, it has always left me feeling a little stressed. Yes, I know I need not be anxious. But when faced with trials, troubles and tribulations, is it not natural to be anxious? Then, there is the bit about prayer and supplication. What is ‘prayer’ and ‘supplication’? Do I need to ‘pray hard’? If I do, how do I ‘pray hard’? What do I need to ‘supply’? I thought it was our Father who was supposed to supply? Furthermore, when I am stressed, I really cannot find it in myself to be thankful because my mind is filled with my problems. I am sorry Father, but I just cannot find anything to be thankful for. But the thing that really gets to me most is that I must do all that; I must not worry, I must ‘pray hard’, I must ‘supply’ something which I know not of, I must be thankful for things I cannot think of, BEFORE I can bring my requests to God. Beloved, have you ever felt like that too?

If you have ever felt like our Father is deliberately putting obstacles between you and His blessings, felt like our Father is making you turn cartwheels before He bothers to bless you, Jesus wants you to know that you are wrong; just like I have been wrong for the longest time. For this is what He really means;

“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” Philippians 4:6 [AMPC]

Have you ever been presented with a request by your children, and to impart to them the virtue of prioritizing their desires, you teach them the difference between ‘needs’ and ‘wants’? Or perhaps you went to your boss with a budget request for this really great idea you had to boost sales, but your boss told you that it was a ‘good to have’, and not a ‘must have’. Well beloved, Jesus wants you to know that our Father does not only meet needs, He is a God that grants ‘wants’ as well!

That is why, when Jesus said,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

He was not kidding! So what good thing do you want? A comfortable life for your family? Ask. A sizable promotion so that you can better provide for your family? Ask. A virtuous spouse? Ask. Whatever good thing you want, ask. Want, beloved. Not merely need, want. Ask!

And how do we ask? The verse tells us, incessantly. Jesus told us this parable.

“There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’” Luke 18:2-5

Know anyone like this? We have children who are like that, don’t we? And what do we finally do? Yes, beloved, we give in. So is Jesus telling us to bug our Father? Let’s have Jesus answer that question.

“Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.” Luke 18:6-8

Our Father loves to be ‘bugged’ by us. Because when we ‘bug’ Him, He knows we have faith that He will supply. For Jesus ended off by saying,

“Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8

Jesus is not afraid of us bugging our Father. Our Father is not turned off by our bugging. The only problem is that we might not have the faith to keep bugging Him. For this is the reason why Jesus told us this parable,

“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,” Luke 18:1

Beloved, remember,

“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” Philippians 4:6 [AMPC]

Bug Him in every circumstance and in everything. Keep on bugging Him. Just like the persistent widow, bug Him every day.

And how do we bug Him? With prayer and definite requests. That means, when we ask, ask knowing that He will deliver. Be definite in your request. If you want it, tell Him you want it. And be sure that you will get it. Remember, Jesus promised you so.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

This is the secret to praying ‘hard’. It simply means, keep on praying, continue to make your wants known to God. It does not mean long verbose prayers done in public. Jesus already told us that our Father hates that.

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.” Matthew 6:5

“And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. ” Matthew 6:7

Instead, what He wants is for us to continually ask of Him, present Him with our wants, our hearts desires, and trust that He will supply. For remember beloved,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

But you are sitting there thinking that you have asked, and asked incessantly, but it still did not come. Well beloved, may I urge you to deeply consider just what it is that you really want? Do you merely want the money, or the peace of mind that comes from being freed from bills? Do you merely want that man or woman, or a loving and enriching relationship? Because the thing that we are asking for, may not bring us the desired outcome. So focus on the outcome that you really want, and not the thing that you think will bring you that outcome; and let Him supply what you need.

Beloved, when you are faced with troubles, remember this;

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1 John 5:14

His will is to prosper us and give us a hope and a future. For this is why we were created in the first place.

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26

To enjoy all that our Father has created. So what will He withhold from you now?

And when we ask, we should also be mindful of what He has already done for us for that will give us an even greater confidence that since our Father has supplied before, He will most certainly supply again. And when we do,

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 [NLT]

Beloved, our Father is a God of supply. There is no good thing He will ever withhold from you. All you need to do is believe and ask, and keep on asking. He will deliver.

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