Nagging God | 40 Days of Daily Bread | Devotional | Praying for direction | Asking amiss | Praying for answers

Day 15: Nagging God

From the 40 Days of Daily Bread Series.

beggingA little boy went into the den to ask his daddy a question.  “Daddy, will you buy me a bike?” The dad replied, “You’ll have to wait and see,” knowing that he had already bought the bike for the boy’s birthday.

Five minutes later the boy came back and asked the same question. The dad gave the same reply. Five minutes later the boy returned and asked again, “Daddy, will you please buy me a bike?” The boy’s father replied, “Wait.”

The moral of the story is two-fold. First, we need to come into God’s presence to hear Him well. Second, youngsters are the ones who ask repeatedly. If you want to mature in God, then you won’t nag Him.

At first, the Lord answered immediately when I was a young disciple. I thought, this is cake! Then I noticed that each time I asked God for something specific, the answers came farther apart. Finally I realized that God was showing me how to ask, and then wait for the answer. It was a process of becoming spiritually mature in learning to have faith.

One day, after waiting a long time I thought God had forgotten about me. I had faithfully asked for weeks to no avail. I learned that you don’t need to keep begging God. If you ask Him for something that is according to His will, you are to receive it in faith until the manifestation is evident. When you want to ask again, simply thank Him for answering and believe it!

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And…we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15 NKJV

** If you continue to push God, or continue to use intercession to manipulate God, you will hear a wrong voice and open the door for deception.  I’m not talking about things like salvation for someone, but asking for direction.

Daily BreadApply the Word

This section is to help us respond to His promptings. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22

God already knows our needs (Matthew 6:8b) and will supply them (Philippians 4:19). Don’t take God for granted, ask Him to move on your behalf (James 4:2d). We are not to ask amiss. God will give us the desires of our heart if we delight ourselves in Him, but it’s not biblical to lust over worldly things (James 4:3) Observe the conditional words:

And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 1 John 3:22 NKJV

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7 NKJV

What have you been asking God for?

I can ask God instead of nag Him. [Tweet this]

 

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Photo credit: Amber Karnes (Creative Commons)

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