Light- Words of Wisdom for 05/24/2022 “ASK”

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This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

-1 John 5:14

OUR creator has a sense of humor! This verse has often puzzled me and driven me a little nuts. You see, I want God to be my cosmic genie and answer anything that I ask according to MY will! I have a good friend who always punctuates his prayers with regularly saying “according to your will.” I often wondered why.

THIS friend ‘s wife had passed away at a young age from brain cancer. Countless prayers were offered up on her behalf. How could he pray for others so fervently always saying “according to your will”? 

MY wife passed away five years ago after many prayers were offered up and I struggled with the whole notion of prayer. Maybe the point is in the preceding verse where Jesus through John assures us of our eternal life. That’s what I was missing! Now I can pray “according to your will” with confidence that my eternity is secure and this life is but a foretaste of what will be. 

PHIL WICKHAM’S new hymn speaks to this well, “how I long to breathe the air of heaven.” That’s what we are wired to long for and why we serve in confidence until he returns or calls us home. Our Creator has the entire canvas to view, not just the small piece that we can see. 

Lord, we pray according to YOUR will, knowing that you hear us. Amen.

-Mike Harbin

Chairman of the Board, Christian City

ChristianCity.org

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