|“Here then, is the real problem of our negligence. We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.” R C Sproul
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Then he said, Go outside, borrow vessels of all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few.” 2 Kings 4:3
A widow with two sons asks the prophet Elisha for help, for all she had was one pot of oil. Elisha instructed her to gather from her neighbors many vessels, urging her to borrow as many as she could. How many would have been too many? At what point would the prophet say, “Gather no more, for you are being greedy.” We do not know for the text does not say.
The apostle James says, “You desire and do not have; so you kill. And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”233 You are better served asking God for what you want than taking it from another. Having asked God, He may not give it if He determines that you “ask amiss.” So on the one hand you do not want to ask for too little, and on the other hand you often do not know your motives well enough to know if you ask amiss.
The best way to resolve this tension is to agree with God that if He does not want you to have it, you do not want Him to give it. Be content when He says “no.” Then when you see something you want, ask your heavenly Father, for “you do not have because you do not ask.” Your Father will never become angry with you for asking for too much, provided you agree with Him before the fact that you want Him to say “no” to you if it is not in your best interest.
233 James 4:2-3
2 Chronicles 23-24 John 15 (New King James Version)
2 Chronicles 23-24
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Mark 11:24 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Colossians 4:2 2Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful.
James 5:16 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
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