Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.
Businesses move by supply and demand. The Lord of hosts moves by ask and receive. Significantly and throughout His Book, God works for and through bold speaker-uppers. He spoke the whole world into existence. His prophets spoke God's plans into action. In Jesus, His spoken Word came to life in the Form of a Man made to copy.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Increasingly, I am convicted by the power of the spoken word. When unhappiness enters our house (seen by conflict, anger or despair), I can trace it back to ugly words. Therein, bad words invite the devil to come in and ruin a good day.*
On the other side are lovely words: words of faith and appreciation. They don't depend on circumstances. They're the 'In everything give thanks' (1 Thessalonians 5:18) Words. They don't deny challenges we face, but they do deny Satan's power to destroy our future and our hope.
When we ask for God's restoration in the areas of affliction, His Word promises we'll receive it. He doesn't give us a time table, except to say the timing is His--and that it will be perfect for us.
But remember: God ties His blessings to our belief and obedience. He won't reward quitters or cowards: Christians without the courage to ask and continue in expectation.
So continue to grow His talents. Continue to knock on casting doors. Because do-gooders ask and receive.
To Be Continued...
* Recall these Words: 'I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father Who is in heaven' (Matthew 18:19).
In the context of mean words, I believe the same principle holds true. As in: if one person in a house or group complains or speaks hatefully... Satan cannot enter the home or group unless at least one other person agrees with the bad words. This havoc-inviting agreement can happen in several ways, including:
1. You get into a no-win argument. It is profitless to argue with a fool or someone currently under Satan's influence. Instead, pray.
2. You further the mean-hearted words, adding gossip or complaint.
3. You say nothing at all. Silence can be taken as assent. God loves speaker-uppers.
My advice: Calmly and kindly, speak disagreement with mean words. 'I don't agree with what you've said or the spirit behind it.' Refuse the invitation to debate. If necessary, you can add: 'I'm willing to discuss why later. But for now, let's speak life into this situation.' Once done, move on: verbally and/or physically. Satan has been denied group entry.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.