Know What To Ask For
If you haven't read the last two issues, be sure to catch up. But in continuing our series, 'Waiting on a No'; one of the reasons, Peter mistakenly misinterpreted the Lord’s answer was because of the circumstances. Luke 22:45-47, 50 says,
‘…Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.” And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people….then they…laid hands on Jesus and took Him.’
Jesus is being arrested in front of His disciples and Peter felt like he had to do something - right then. The occasion demanded a response. It wasn’t as if Peter could do what so many of us have been taught and say, ‘Well okay. Let me just wait. If it’s God today, it'll be God tomorrow.’ No, during that moment, Peter had to make a split-decision.
When God revealed this to me, I immediately asked for a ‘momentary anointing’; that God would give me the grace to make split decisions. And just as quickly as I’d asked, I realized there is no such a thing. And that’s what many of you want; to get some sort of ‘super power’ so that you don't have to do anything. As if you can just jump in the booth, put on your cape, and voila; make the right decision. But it doesn’t happen that way. The only way to know what to do in those moments is to; (1) Ask God what to do and (2) Wait for the answer.
But before you can ever be successful at asking, you have to know first what to ask for. In order for that to happen, you need to have so much of the Word of God in you; that you’re able to know whether you’re asking the right question - or not. Take me for example. When I asked God for a momentary anointing, immediately my spirit checked me. Why? Because my spirit ran a cross reference of that phrase in the Bible and no such ‘anointing’ exists. What the Bible does say is that I can ‘…ask that [I’d] be filled with the [exact] knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.’ (Col 1:9) I knew that because I spend time in prayer and reading the Bible out loud everyday; sometimes for hours on end.
But do I tell you that to brag? Absolutely not! I simply mention it, because some of the things you’ve asked God for – aren’t in the Bible. A momentary anointing is not in there. You praying and asking that God would reveal whether the person you’re having premarital sex with is your future spouse – isn’t in the Bible; sexual purity is. And the more time you spend in the Word, in church and around true Believers; you’ll know the difference because you too will be filled with the knowledge of His will.
DO THIS FOR A WEEK…
For the next 7 days, commit to spending as much time with God as you do on Facebook® and Twitter®. See if you can spend at least the same amount of time you would if you were to watch Scandal® or Empire®.
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