I don’t know about you, but sometimes I don’t feel like I have the right to ask God for what I want. I feel like He’s already given me so many blessings that I would be greedy to ask for more. Then I remembered that it says in the Bible God wants me to approach him with boldness and confident expectation, meaning we are to believe we will receive when we call out. He has already given us His son, the most precious gift of all, so why wouldn’t He want to hear what I want. Why would He withhold? James 4:2 says, “…and yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it.”
So I really began to pour out my heart and soul to the Lord. I thanked Him for everything He has already done and everything He is yet to do. I know I don’t deserve anything I have, especially the gift of salvation, but I accept it and know I am His! Then I got specific about what our family needs. I laid it out there. I asked Him to do such a mighty work that it will be so evident it could have only come from Him, and that I would make sure to tell everyone that it was because of Him that we received. I got really bold and asked Him to remember His promise, remember His people. As soon as I said, “Amen”, the church bells begin to ring from the church around the corner. Coincidence? We know there’s no such thing.
Later that morning, as we were on our way to church, I began reviewing some of my notes from a previous sermon, and it led me to Romans 8:32, “Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?” Another coincidence?
I had several other verses beneath that highlighted and began to read them to my husband in the car (something we rarely do – we’re usually talking), but the one that really gives me comfort, especially when faced with my own sins and imperfections, is Romans 8:39, “Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” What a promise!
We arrived at church and went to take our daughter to her new class to which she had been promoted. As we were going down a new hallway, there was a crisp new bulletin board with little butterflies, and the message that was on it simply read, “God keeps his promises”. This is my third confirmation!
As we brought our daughter into her new classroom, I glanced up at the verse that was written on her dry erase board. It was Romans 8:39.
My husband and I looked at each other, squeezed each other’s hands, and I felt an overwhelming sense of my prayers being answered. I am so in awe of how God cares about the details, about how He uses seemingly ordinary circumstances to let us know He’s heard our prayers and gives us comfort, peace and assurance. I don’t know how He’s going to do it, but I know our blessings are on the way, and I can’t wait to see how they will be revealed! And trust me, you’ll know about it because I’m going to tell everyone!
Let us go forward boldly with confident expectation and the knowledge that God keeps His promises, and as long as what we want is aligned with His perfect will, He will give us the desires of our heart.
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Wow.Indeed he is the God of our circumstances great and small and he makes His faithfulness known to us in everyway- great or small. I believe God has already answered.Now praise Him and let the power of God work it all out for you. I look forward to another testimony when it has all been said and done.Perhaps you can forward it to me...