Don’t Keep Asking God For Things You Don’t Need
1 John 5:13-14 CJB says, “I have written you these things so that you may know that you have eternal life – you who keep trusting in the person and power of the Son of God. This is the confidence we have in his presence: if we ask anything that accords with his will, he hears us.”
In the midst of our faith in Jesus Christ, there lies a misconception about asking God for things. Believers, especially in the Western congregation, somehow believe that simply because we keep asking God to do something he is obligated to do it. On the tail end of this conflicting belief, we really only have two guarantees here: (1) that we have the promise of eternal life; and (2) that he hears us.
When the scriptures are read in proper context and keeping with the author’s original intent, we will find that they do not point to God from the perspective of a magician. Rather, he promises to provide us with everything we need “for life and godliness, knowing the One who called us to his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3)
Does this mean that God will not give us what we want when asking God? Absolutely not! But it does mean that his priority is to give us what we have need of; and that the rest is at his pleasure. Note that the scripture reminds us that what we should be asking God for must be according to his will for us, not our will.
It is important to note that while we have been given the gift of eternal life, we are also required to keep trusting in the power and the person of Jesus Christ. This place of trust is one of obedience to him and one in which we live our lives in pursuit of and surrender to his presence.
In doing so, we will be able to stand in the fiery furnace like Daniel’s friends and declare that we will serve him whether he spares our lives or not; or whether he answers the wants or not. It is trusting that God knows best. It is also standing in that place of expectation, assurance, and belief that he could very well meet us in the midst of the darkest place in our lives and rescue us like he rescued Elisha in 2 Kings 6.
Eternal life is our guarantee of protection. In all things, God wants us to capture this truth in the deepest parts of our hearts. In the end, we must remember that if we are in God, we win.
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