It is Day 3 of the 21 day Prayer and Fasting…. (Click HERE to read about it)
For today, we are looking at the fact that we serve a question answering God.
I have heard of situations where people go to God in prayer asking Him questions.
“Father why am I barren?”
“God why is my husband not talking to me?”
“Jesus why am I not married?”
“Jehovah, why haven’t I been promoted at work?”
All these questions in the form of prayers sound legit to the naked ears but they are ignorant and faith less in the spiritual ears.
God answers questions but the sort of questions you pose to Him matters greatly. James 4:3 says “You ask and receive not because you ask amiss”.
Instead of asking God “why am I barren?”, what the lady needs to do is ask herself if she has actually been studying the word of God relating to children and equipped enough to challenge God with His Word.
Before you ask God questions, make sure you ask yourself a few questions about your situation and take these steps.
1. You have to realize the God you are asking: A baby asks her daddy for biscuits because she has seen her father buy her biscuits before and is confident he is capable of buying them. If he doesn’t buy her the biscuits. She would put him on the hot spot by reminding him of the biscuits he bought for her siblings, how she knows he has the money and when he bought the biscuits for her last week. With this confidence, only a wicked father won’t buy her those biscuits.
Same with God, He has done it before in your life or the lives of people around you. Be rest assured that He will do it again.
2. Know your need, not your want: Sometimes we go to God with a ‘want’ not a ‘need’. We might want a car but do we really need a car? A child might want a phone but does that baby need a phone now? Answer is no. The Bible says in Philippians 4:19 “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus”. It never said He will supply your ‘wants’ but your ‘needs’. Big difference.
3. Ask according to His will and His Word: Let’s take for example, a father promises his child a toy car if he takes first position in class. This child with that promise works hard, reads and then takes first position in his class. The will of the father is to give him a toy car and the Word of her father is “I will give you a guy car if you carry first”. He confidently walks up to daddy and says “Daddy you promised me a toy car if I took first in class. This is my report card and I took first. Please buy my car for me”. A loving father will be left with no choice than to give him his toy car. Same with God. He promised us properity and health in 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health”. He also promised us children in Psalm 127:3 that “Children are a heritage from the LORD”. It’s His will and now we have the evidence of His Word. It’s time to hold Him accountable.
4. Be patient in asking: After 15 years of waiting for the promise of a child, God visited Abraham again and assured him that the promise would be fulfilled in due time. It took another 10 years after the reassurance for Abraham and Sarah to give birth to a son who was named Isaac.
In between, due to lack of patience, Sarah convinced Abraham to sleep with Hagar (her slave) and they gave birth to Ishmael.
When we pray, we need to exercise patience for Hebrews 10:36 says “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye may receive the promise.”
Pray and rest in God. Not pray and panic.
5. Believe it is done: After asking God for something, it’s imperative that you believe it is done. James 1:5 says “When you ask, you must BELIEVE and not doubt”.
6. End with Thanksgiving: Ending your request with thanksgiving is forcing God’s hand to perform because God can never refuse a thanks-giver. That’s His weakness (if He has any).
After reading the Bible and building faith, the woman asking God “why am I barren?” would pray thus:
” Father, I thank You for the gift of life and the beautiful marriage You have given me. Father You said in Your word in James 1:17 that “Every good and perfect gift is from above”. You also said in Psalm 127:3 that “Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him”. You even said that in Exodus 23:26 that “none shall be barren in the land” and then Father You summed it up in Psalms 113:9 that “He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children”.
Jesus, You are the same yesterday today and forever as in Hebrews 13:8. If You did it for Abraham and Sarah in their old age, did it for Esther in her helplessness and did it for Mary without her even sleeping with a man. Father, I am not old (I am of the ripe child bearing age), I am not helpless and I sleep with my husband as often as possible. Why am I still barren? I am very certain that You are not a selective God that does it for some and not for others. I am very sure that Your Word never fails as You pointed out in Matthew 24:35 and Isaiah 40:8. So what’s happening in my case? Father prove Yourself in my life. Fulfil Your promises to me and give me my own child.
Ask God questions with His Word as your evidence.
See you tomorrow.
Message preached by Pastor Theophilus Ebigoni at Winner’s Chapel, Oghara, Delta State.
Written by Kurtis Smith