October 8, 2018

By Paul J. Banta

John 14:12-13 says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.  You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.  Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” – NLT

Matthew 15:16-17 says “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.  This is my command: Love each other.” – NLT

John 16:22-24 says, “So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.  At that time, you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name.  You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.” – NLT

Miracles from God occur every day when our closed minds are opened up by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Our spiritual blindness suddenly sees the truth of the Gospel, and our rebellion is surrendered as we become God’s men and women who follow the fact that miracles can happen to change our path for the Lord.  Jesus promised that those of who genuinely believe with biblical faith could have a part in the great works He has planned for them not only changing their own lives but the lives of others they can influence by making needed requests in His Name.

Our heavenly Father is merely waiting for us with our small or large requests.  He also wants to see a clean heart in us before we do our requesting and we are responsible to confessed all known sin and believed with a committed heart that He would do what He has said.  We are to have reflected with our faith that He’ll keep His promises and will respond for our good.  We are to be trusting and not doubting the Lord.  Today’s Bible verse is real and is very specific what we need to do as Christian coaches to accomplish some great things that await us in this game and all planned by the Lord.

We must keep in mind that God answers our requests when they are in alignment with His plan for our lives and our prayers.  Selfish and greedy requests don’t fit into what the Lord has designed for us.  And we know He won’t act in a manner inconsistent with His character.  God alone knows the perfect action to take and the right time to do so.  But He invites us to ask in faith and to keep on praying.  When we remain in Him, He remains in us, and we can ask for what we believe is right, correct and fits into the purposes He wants us to live out.

Matthew 7:7 says, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” – NLT

What’s your next move?