Be very careful what you ask for in prayer…. you may just get what u asked for

21 10 2011

Luk 15:12-17 KJV And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. (13) And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. (14) And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. (15) And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. (16) And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. (17) And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

The son was selfish and stubborn and all he wanted was what his father could give him – this is very similar to many Christians today. People serve God not out of love, but out of what He can do and give them! This is very hurtful to our Father.
Just like the prodigal’s father, God gives us things that we ask for that are not good for us. When I say not good for us I mean that the thing that He gives us may have negative consequences and hardship and suffering linked to it. The prodigal ended up squandering his inheritance and losing everything. He had a severe attitude adjustment through his poor decision making.

Why would a loving Father give something to us that would hurt us? The prodigal’s father gave his son his inheritance not to bless him, but to bring correction to him. To teach him a valuable lesson – Heb 12:6. He gave him exactly what he asked for to correct his bad attitude. Sometimes we are so stubborn and hard headed that only a severe lesson from difficult circumstances will get through to us. People ask God to bless them with something because they believe that if God provides this thing for them, then they will be blessed. The truth is that the blessing of God is not always in the receiving, but in the understanding that results from the lesson learned from the suffering incurred!

Sometimes God will give us what we ask for in prayer even though it may damage us. For example: How many people have huge ‘ministries’ and end up in prison due to financial mismanagement? Prison will teach these people lessons that they wouldn’t learn from Wisdom. God loves us so much that He will allow us to make poor decisions and suffer the consequences thereof, so that the life of His Son will be manifest in us. When we suffer, we learn obedience – Heb 5:8. When we suffer we learn Wisdom – Christ in us! Suffering breaks our self-will. It helps ‘dissolve’ selfishness. It brings forth the character of the Christ in us. Brokenness brings forth Christ.

This is a very important lesson for all of us. We should not think that because God has given us what we have asked for, we are in any way special or privileged. We are not more righteous than our brothers and sisters – maybe we are just due for a lesson……..


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