GOD never tells us to ask Him for things He doesn’t want us to have…
We need to understand that the Old Testament Believers were looking forward to the cross; and we, as New Testament Believers, are looking back at that same cross.
It’s because of the Cross of Calvary and the precious Blood that Christ (our Messiah) shed there, on our behalf, and also because of the New Covenant — which is better than the Old Covenant — that the Bible tells us that we can now BOLDLY come into God’s presence, with our petitions, just as we see that Jabez did.
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
This is GOD’s will for EVERY Believer:
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
I thank God for you, and pray for you
15-19 Since, then, I heard of this faith of yours in the Lord Jesus and the practical way in which you are expressing it towards fellow-Christians, I thank God continually for you and I never give up praying for you; and this is my prayer.
That God, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ and the all-glorious Father, will give you spiritual wisdom and the insight to know more of him: that you may receive that inner illumination of the spirit which will make you realise how great is the hope to which he is calling you—the magnificence and splendour of the inheritance promised to Christians—and how tremendous is the POWER available to us who believe in God.
20-21 That power is the same divine power which was demonstrated in Christ when he raised him from the dead and gave him the place of supreme honour in Heaven—a place that is infinitely superior to any conceivable command, authority, power or control, and which carries with it a name far beyond any name that could ever be used in this world or the world to come.
22-23 God has placed everything under the power of Christ and has set him up as head of everything for the Church. for the Church is his body, and in that body lives fully the one who fills the whole wide universe.
1 John 5:14-15
Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
14 And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.
15 And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.
The word, in both Hebrew and Greek, for PRAYER means to supplicate; and the American Heritage Dictionary defines supplicate as to make “earnest petition,” which means to make a legal demand (petition) requesting a right or benefit in a court of law.
We as Christians, whatever trials and tribulations may be confronting us in the Earth, regardless of any accusations made, by the “Accuser of the Brethren” – who is Satan, we have to learn to make our appeal (our petition) in the Courtroom of Heaven, where Jesus is our Advocate and the Judge is our Abba Father.
So that whatever accusations are brought against us, by the “Accuser of the Brethren,” in GOD’s courtroom, all we need to do is request that the scrolls be opened and when that is done, we have no need to defend ourselves; all we need do is ask that whatever accusations are made that they be placed under the Blood of the Cross, and that one act frees GOD the Father to move on our behalf.
You see the cross of Calvary, and the shed Blood of Jesus there, has taken ALL the leverage that Satan had against us, on account of our sin, away from him.
God At Eventide
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BOLD IN PRAYER
My child, there is no arrogance in your assertion when you say,
“I will not let Thee go unless Thou bless me.”
— Gen 32:26b
Have not I ever told you to claim big things. In so doing you obey Me.
You do right to wrestle boldly in prayer. There are times for demanding, for claiming.
Now is the time to claim. You are in no doubt about My Will. Claim its manifestations on earth.
Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
— Jude 1:24-25
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