“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”
Have you ever asked, Can God really mean something like this? Truth is, The only way we can grasp the meaning of a promise like this or any other is if we have real wisdom. For this, we are given another promise in Scripture:
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5
The reaction to God’s powerful promises in Bible times was interesting. The people chosen by God to do something special for Him were people who chose to believe Him when He made a promise.
Abraham believed God had power. He was promised that he would have many descendants. The promise came at a time when he and his wife were “too old;” she was past the child-bearing years. But Abraham chose to believe, because God had promised. God knew Abraham would believe Him. Abraham didn’t know how, but he believed God would keep that promise. His descendants numbered in the millions! What happened was recorded centuries later in Scripture:
“Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” Romans 4:18-21
Moses, the man God chose to record the early history of the world in Scripture, was a man who believed what God said and what He promised. God gave Moses a tremendous experience in leadership. Moses believed God’s promises. In one of the inspired volumes that he wrote, Moses recorded God’s message given through Balaam to a heathen prince:
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19
The very last book in the Old Testament of the Bible describes God with His own words: “For I am the LORD, I change not . . . ” Malachi 3:6
God is dependable. He has power to keep His promises. He doesn’t lie. He doesn’t change. People chosen by God who accomplished something for Him chose to believe His promises!
Again in Scripture, as we accept the powerful promise for wisdom, we find that God, through Christ, united us all in one family. God tells us that as He chose Abraham, so He has chosen every human being to be one with Him in receiving His promises.
Because of Christ, we are all part of God’s chosen family if we choose to accept Him. As a bonus, we receive His powerful promises. A loving earthly father treats all his children impartially. The same principles used to deal with older children in a family are used with the younger – even when circumstances change. When the father is a loving person, he will deal fairly with his children. How much more with our loving, changeless God, Whom we can call “our Father.” We can expect Him to act on the principles behind His promises to us because we are all part of His family united by Christ.
Together we can ask Him to keep any promises He has made, for example:
To meet our needs – Philippians 4:19
To give us energy – Isaiah 40:29, 31
To give us a willing spirit – Philippians 2:13
To protect us – Psalm 34:7
To give us sleep – Psalm 3:5
To guide us – Psalm 32:8
To bless the marriage relationship – Hebrews 13:4
To forgive our sins and cleanse us – 1 John 1:9
To teach our children and give us peace – Isaiah 54:13
Let us agree in prayer: May God Bless you and your loved ones with one of His promises today. Amen.
Scripture of the day: “For I am the LORD, I change not . . . ” Malachi 3:6
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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