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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Is Your Hand Out?

 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 

The other day my daughter was out and about with my mom. They stopped at a local drive-thru restaurant for JUST a drink. My daughter begins to ask from the back seat, "Nana, ask them for a toy. I want a toy too." My Mom begins to explain to her that they were not getting a toy, just a drink. My persistent daughter still stated, "Nana, ask them for a toy because I want a toy too." My mom again, reassured her that they would not give her a toy because they did not order one and they did not pay for one and they were ONLY getting a drink. daughter is very persistent. (That is a very strong point in her little personality). My daughter began to tell Nana what to say when she pulled up to the window. She said, "Nana, when they come up and ask you how many toys you want, tell them you want 2 - one for me and one for my brother." My mom, was trying to let her down gently so she wouldn't get her little heart broken or disappointed. She explained for the THIRD time that they would not be getting a toy! My daughter just couldn't believe that, so began to "prep" her brother on what to do! She said, "When we get to the window, roll your window down and just put your hand out, and when they bring you a toy - tell them you need 2!" So, the kind, little brother that he is - he did exactly what she told him to do and he put his little hand out the window. When they got to the window for just the drink they ordered, the employee walked up and placed 2 TOYS into my sons' hands! Yes, 2 toys! My daughter and son was so excited that their persistence paid off and their request was answered! A few days passed by and we were at the drive through window again for JUST a drink! My daughter begin to roll her window down and place her hand out the window, while giggling, because she remembered what happen the last time she did that. Once again, we tried to reassure her that it probably wouldn't happen again and that she shouldn't expect too much. Would you believe that the employee walked up with ANOTHER toy and placed it in my child's hand!!! We couldn't believe it. After all of that, for about a month, every time we would go and get a drink at the local drive-thru window, my children would roll their windows down and put out their hand. Their little hands didn't get a toy every time but they still would roll their windows down because of the past blessings they had received, in hope for future blessings. Sadly, I have noticed the last few weeks that my children have stopped rolling their window down and putting out their hand. They seem to have forgotten the past blessings because they didn't receive a blessing EVERY time they placed their hand out. So, now, they just quit asking, never to ask for another blessing again. 

I thought, we are like that in our own prayer time and walk with God. We ask for something (maybe the impossible) and our friends and family around us try to "let us down gently" by saying, "Don't expect too much" or "it might not be God's will." But, we must put out our hand anyway - wide open - to receive the blessings of God. After we see God answer a huge request we had, it strengthens us and ignites us and we start reaching out all the time and we start praying more and more. Pretty soon, though, once again we forget the blessings of God because our hands weren't filled every time we prayed. Our prayers weren't answer immediately every time we asked. So, we just quit asking, never building a strong, intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father.

The Bible says, that "We have not because we ask amiss" (James 4:3) and the Bible speaks about being persistent with our prayers (Luke 11:5-13). Now, I am not saying, God answers our every beckon call and that He is our little "genie" to answer our request; but, God does like to give his children "good" things! Especially when we are walking with Him and obeying Him, He loves to answer our request. When we walk with the Lord and in obedience of His Word - our desires line up with His desires and He loves to answer our desires and our needs. (Psalms 37:4) Do you have a need today? Do you have an aching in your heart because you need to see God move in your life and speak to you about something you have been praying about? Do you have a mountain that needs to be moved in your life? Just roll your window down and reach out your hand!  

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Matthew 17:20