Tuesday, 3 September 2019
"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 he will 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. If you love Me, keep My commandments." John 14:12-15
It all begins with individual, intimate prayer and relationship with the L-rd. Twice in these few verses, Yeshua says "ask". I want to be where faith is alive; the place where we connect. I have been where religion reigns, where a type of brainwashing exists that tells you 'this' is the only place that is right and godly. If you leave this place of religion you are doomed so to speak.
Well I left that place and through Yeshua came out of Egypt; where there is faith in Yeshua there is victory, life not death. Ask in My name and I will do it; this brings me to the place of asking, why is it that sometimes when I pray, for example for the sick, healing doesn't come? I ask this question because unanswered prayer for ourselves and others can bring us to a place of discouragement and doubt.
Here are some possible answers to that question: It's not His will, a lack of faith, not G-d's timing, it does not glorify the Father (vs 13)
On the other hand we have many examples of prayer changing a situation. For instance in 2 Kings 20:1-6, the prayer of King Hezekiah. Is it possible that G-d wanted him to come to a place of repentance? None of us are perfect and often in our attempt to 'get the job done' we try to solve spiritual problems in the physical by our own strength rather than by His Spirit. (2 Kings 18:15-16) This was the case with Hezekiah and yet when it came to the point of life and death, with his back against the wall Hezekiah went to a quiet place and cried out to G-d.
Yeshua directs us to go into the secret place alone with the Father to pray. Matthew 6:6 However, often times this is our problem, taking time to seek Him and His will through quiet and deep prayer. G-d is looking for intimacy with us and we need to go deeper inside ourselves. There is a place in us where only G-d can enter and understand. He comes from the inside to the deepest recesses of our heart and soul.
Pure love knows no dependency; asks for nothing in return and gives not in order to receive but that others would benefit. Do we love Him whether He answers us the way we want or not? Do we love Him no matter what the outcome?
This is taken from the Harvest of Asher Facebook page.