There are plenty of very inspirational Bible verses that we can use to enhance our lives. However, they are often interfered with by some unnecessary ideas that prevent miracles from taking place.
To clarify what I am talking about, I will share the verse that reminded me of this today. It is from Matthew 21:22 and it says “if you believe, you will receive anything you ask for in prayer”. The verse is very powerful. Simply believe and you can have the wonderful life you are craving. Sounds great, right?
The problem is that there are two groups of people who distort this. I will explain, but before I do, please understand I am not being harsh on these groups. That’s because I’ve been in both places at one point, and I can certainly relate. First, there are those whose eyes light up when they see the “anything” part of it, and use this as a reason to utilize God as a genie to bring “stuff” into their lives for their own pleasure. The second group consists of those skeptical and paranoid people who see anything as receiving blessing in life as being automatically associated with a prosperity gospel, and name it and claim it mentality. I can say I never felt this way, and you may not either. The problem is that in the past I enable these people to make me believe I was wrong to ask God for great things. As a result, I held back and didn’t ask.
In recent times I have simply learned to take this verse for what it is…a wonderful, faithful promise from God. It’s a fact that God wants to bless you, and a promise that He will. Here’s a thought that will eliminate both of the negatives from above. If your requests are in line with God’s will, they will be granted. And I will say that God’s will is a very broad spectrum. The things that are outside of His will are those that are either for purely selfish motives, or those that will hurt others. If it doesn’t fit into those categories, it’s part of His will. Sometimes His will is that your answer is delayed, or that you receive something better instead. However, know that if your desire is within His guidelines and commandments, there is no reason not to ask.
Here’s an example of a touchy topic. Many people are afraid to pray for more money because of the taboo (love of money is evil, you’re being greedy, God wants you to be poor, etc.) associated with it. Can a prayer for money be outside of God’s will? Yes, if you are asking in order to flaunt it, be selfish with it, or plan to gain it by doing something illegal or immoral. However, that’s it. If you are asking for it to improve the quality of your life and share it with others so they can do the same, you are perfectly in line with the will of God. In fact, living a life of poverty and debt is much more outside of the will of God than being prosperous.
After saying all this, I encourage you to read this verse again in it’s proper light. Pray to God in confidence, knowing that He hears your prayers and cherishes the opportunity to answer them. Instead of adding the unnecessary qualifiers, boldly ask God in faith for your greatest desires to be fulfilled. Envision it coming to pass, and do your simple part of believing. He will take care of the rest in ways you can’t even imagine. Enjoy the blessings :)