TUESDAY 31ST OCTOBER, 2017 READ – DAY: John 14; Night: Jer 9-11
THEME: A GOOD REQUEST
TEXT: PROVERBS 30:7-9
HYMN: EMHB 538 – What a friend we have in Jesus.
God has given us the privilege of bringing our requests to Him through prayer. This was confirmed by our Lord Jesus Christ in Matt 7:7 “ASK, and it will be given you, SEEK and you will find, KNOCK and the door will be opened to you.” However, we need to be mindful of the type, motive and manner of presenting our request(s) to God. “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 4:3). Do you talk to God at all? Do you talk only to satisfy your desires? Do you seek God’s approval for what you plan to do? Your prayer request(s) will become powerful when you allow God to change your desires so that they perfectly correspond to His will for you. (I John 3:21-22).
From the passage before us today, it can be pointed out that having too much money or being very poor can be dangerous. Being poor can, in fact, be hazardous to spiritual as well as physical health. This made the writer (Agur) of Proverbs Chapter 30 to table some good requests before God “Two things I ask of You, O Lord, Do not refuse me before I die: keep falsehood and lies far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘who is the Lord?’ Or if I become poor and steal, and so dishonour the Name of my God. (Proverb 30:7-9).” What a good and balanced request!
We also need to learn from King Solomon: When God asked him to ask what he needed, he made a request that brought blessing to the people and glory to God. Pleased at Solomon’s selfless request, God gave Solomon even more. So, when we make good request, God is always ready to even do more than our good request. (Eph. 3:20).
Now that we have known that a good request is that which is neither self-centered, nor self-seeking and the ultimate goal is to glorify God, the question is: What can I do to be able to make good request? The answer can be found in Rom. 12:1-2 Read and memorize.
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 2:8 “Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.”
PRAYER: Ever faithful God, teach me to always ask that which pleases and glorifies You in Jesus’ name. Amen.