“And I say unto you, ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you”. (Luke 11 vs. 9) Most persons are sometimes afraid to ask for what it is that they desire. Here the Bible explicitly instructs us to ask. But how do we go about asking? Will what we seek always be granted unto us?
In St. John 14 vs. 13, God says “and whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father in heaven may be glorified in the Son. God says “whatsoever ye ask in my name;” it could be that house you’ve been dreaming of, that fancy car, a husband or a wife ask in His name and it will be granted unto you. However, the scripture further states ... “that the Father in heaven may be glorified in the Son.” When we communicate with God through prayer the desires of our heart, as long as it is according to the riches of the grace of God, He will grant us our desires. Sometimes when we pray, we may ask for things that are not according to the will of God. He knows our mind, body, and spirit. He knows every strand of hair that protrudes from our head. If our desires will not glorify the Father in heaven, they will not be granted.
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When we approach God through prayer we should always believe by faith that the prayer will be answered. Faith is substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. One may ask how can you hope for something you have not seen. We do it all the time. We anxiously await our pay cheque at the end of every fortnight or month. Some may even go as far as to credit furniture. We ‘hope’ that the cheque reaches our bank accounts in time so that we can make a down payment. Eternal life depends on the existence and exercise of faith Mark 16:16.
We all hope to make it into heaven. We dream of walking on roads paved with gold, a place where sin does not abound, no more pain and sadness, drinking the water of life which proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb daily.
Exercise your faith today, ask God for something you desire. You may not be able to see the tuition for entry into University, but alas, Northern Caribbean University provides options for students for more than 100 years to get quality tertiary education. The School of Religion and Theology provides degrees in Religion and Theology as well as have required religious courses interwoven in each programme of study. Apply now online at www.ncu.edu.jm.