John 15:16 “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
Some of us know what it is to get picked last when choosing sides for a game. You feel like you were the worst of all those available.
To be chosen by God, though, should cause us to rejoice!
Not only to be chosen but to be profitable for the One who chose you brings great joy!
To read through this passage again, you’ll see the prayer promise:
“…that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
It is only when we are spiritual that our prayers for what we ask can be answered. If I need a car and ask for one, God may choose to give me one IF it is within His will. He may allow me to work to pay for it or give it outright.
Most know our Heavenly Father is not this magical genie who grants us whatever it is we wish. He desires that we are equipped for the work we do here on this earth. But to pray for any of our needs seemingly goes against His promise.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
If all my needs are to be supplied, there is no need to waste time praying for them. If our concern is for the needs of others and we pray to that end, indeed, God will sustain us as we care for those He loves.
As we begin this week, let us ask God for the strength and wisdom needed to help those with whom we will come in contact.