Why are people afraid to ask their “Father” for something that they need? I think it has a lot to do with our confusion about what we need and what we want. I want many things but I need much less than I want. Think about all the things you want, then pause and think of what you actually need. Last night I watched an episode of “Tiny House Nation” and thought about this family of five trying to live in a 600 square foot tiny home in a clearing of the beautiful Montana wilderness. This was not a vacation home but a permanent residence (on wheels). Simplicity is something that is more sustainable but we long for more. My parents never owned a home. They were either provided a home or they rented. Yet, they were happy and they lived well. So home much do we really need?
The miracles that God gives are often NOT for our pleasures or comforts but for our character and our mission. God wants to show something, demonstrate His expansive love, or provide for His mission with miracles. Selfish self-serving miracles do not please God – so when we ask we need to keep in mind the will of God. From farm to factory – from home to hospitals – from schools to social service agencies – God is at work. God is at work in the entertainment industry and music. God is even at work in the Church. We often don’t see it because the news media does’t pick it up but it’s there.
Let me bring up the question again – what kind of miracle do you need? How will it impact your ability to love, serve, and expand the outreach of the Kingdom? Will it touch lives and show God’s love? These are the questions to ask as you ask for a miracle. Don’t be afraid – be aware of what your Father wants. Scripture reminds us, “You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:2b-3) Jesus reminds us to, “Ask, seek, knock…” Don’t be afraid to seek our loving God for the things that will advance the work of the Kingdom. Dare to Dream.
PS The first episode of the “Dare to Dream Mid-Week Podcast” is available on the BLC Facebook page and at blc24seven.com