Only by Invitation (Part II)

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:18, New King James Version).

This is the key Bible verse for our “Come and See” devotional today.

The first part of this series of this message states that heaven does not normally become involved in our earthly matters because men and women have been given the freedom to do as they like. We have been granted dominion as indicated in the blessings proclaimed by The Most High God upon Adam before and after his creation. That intention of God did not change following the destruction of all living creatures during the time of Noah. At that time and in a similar manner, the same blessing of dominion was proclaimed upon mankind. Thus, the Bible states: “then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.’” (Genesis 9:1, New International Version).

Most of the miracles performed by Jesus Christ, with all His great might and compassion, were performed at the request of the miracle seeker. For example, a man who was once blind called Bartimaeus  intentionally positioned himself along the road of Jericho as every other beggar in Jericho would have been, but he still had to cry out loudly for help because Jesus had already passed him by. (as we read in Mark 10:46-52). It is important for us all to know that the Almighty God does not change and that He has created us in His own image and after His likeness. He is a responsible and helping Father and said: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5b, New King James Version) This indicates that He is committed to answer all those who call upon Him.

Jesus Christ elaborated on the commitment of the Almighty Father to attend to those who call upon Him and said: “which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:9-11, New International Version). Also, in Isaiah 45 verse 11; the Almighty God ask us to call upon Him through prayers before He can get involved ,“ Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands you command me”.

All the good gifts of life such as long life, prosperity, peace and wisdom are available only to those who ask. If we do not ask, then we will not receive. However, we will certainly receive when we ask especially when our requests agree with the Father’s will for us. As we look up to God in prayer, He will look down to meet our needs. Thus: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1st John 5:14-15, New International Version).

Let us pray: “Father, I invite you to take the lead in every affair of my life, to the Glory of your name,” in Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.

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