Our Prayer for Good Things

English Audio Version

So, “name it, claim it” isn’t your bag.

That’s not the way you want to live out your Christian walk. You feel the greed implicit in that catch phrase sheds a poor light on the motivations of a materialistic church.

Well, perhaps.

There is a verse found in Luke that guarantees that God finds pleasure in his gifts to us. The question is, just what are those gifts?

Luke 12:32 says:

“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Before we discuss God’s gifts (the kingdom!!), let’s look at what comes at the beginning of this verse.

“Fear not, little flock …” This tells us we don’t need to hesitate to ask God for the good things promised in his Word. He’s not going to call us greedy. He won’t pound us over the head. He wants us to ask.

“It is your Father’s good pleasure …” God looks forward to our requests. He finds pleasure in them. He wants us to turn to him in our need.

Now to answer the teaser:

God wants “to give you the kingdom.” We think of riches and material possessions, but turn to Luke 17:21 where Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you.”

When we seek the kingdom of God, we are asking for Jesus to rule and reign in our lives.

So, yeah, name it, claim it. Reach out for the kingdom. Grasp onto the promises of God and let him rule in your life.

God is ready to assume control, just as soon as we turn over our life to Jesus.

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Excerpt of the Day

Jesus burns most brightly in us when he’s the only one who lives in our heart.

From  Our Bundle of Sticks,  Posted 08 July 2016