My last post was received but with questions. I want to respond to those questions. If you missed the post, you can read it here.
Question 1: What is the difference between a Need and a Want?
Response (needs): As humans we all have basic needs. The Bible says we do not have to worry about our basic needs when we seek God’s kingdom first (Matthew 6:33). Maslow identified human needs beyond our basic needs as seen via the visual graphic below.
Response (wants): As humans we all have wants. We want our needs to be met in abundance. We want more of a house beyond our basic need for shelter. We want a full refrigerator and pantry not just the basic necessities. We want fashionable and a full wardrobe of clothes for any and every occasion. We want our own property, separate from others. We want a lot of things. Let’s be honest, for the most part our needs are met, yet our desire for things result in wants. That does not mean we should not have wants. It just means we can now rightly discern and understand the difference between a want and a need.
Conclusion: As we think about what a need is versus a want, we can use Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a basis. Do I have friends? If I answer no, then that is a need. Do I have 1 or more good friends? If the answer is yes, then having more would be a want. Do I have a place to live that provides safety from the elements and the basic necessity of clean running water and electricity? If the answer is no, then that is a need, if the answer is yes, then having more would be a want. I think we get the point. There is nothing wrong with having an abundance of things as long as we are not storing up treasures here on earth more than in heaven. (Matthew 6:19-21) If we are attached to things and not willing to give it up for Christ, then we are serving mammon and not God. Things should never be an idol in our lives. Paul learned to be content with what he had whether in abundance or in just enough. So in conclusion, we have identified needs versus wants.
Question 2: What happens when it doesn’t come when you ask?
Response: We know that in Christ we have UNLimited Resources. The Bible says, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it”. WOW!! We have UNLimited access to God, through Jesus, by the Holy Spirit to ask anything in Jesus name and Jesus will do it. We need to understand why He will do it though. I bolded it above…“so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
Next, if the scripture says, ““If ye abide in me, and my words [rhema] abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7), then we must ask ourselves if we are abiding in Christ and what specific word has the Holy Spirit spoken to us that we can apply to what we are asking for.
Now we have to understand what resource means as well. Resource is defined as a source of supply, support, or aid, especially one that can be readily drawn upon when needed. – from dictionary.com
We can all testify that totally defines one aspect of our God! 🙌 He is our UNLimited Resource!
The Bible also says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (James 1:5-8)
As a member of God’s family, I have power and access to God’s UNLimited Resources. Do I know what I have been given authority over? Do I know my rights? Lack of knowledge in this area will lead to lack in other areas. Failure to exercise our authority and access (receive) what’s rightfully ours will lead to lack. Remember, if God in His word has already said it’s yours, all you have to do is receive it. Think about a room full of gifts, your father says go and get whatever you want, it’s yours. What will you do?
There are times when we ask God for something and we do not get the response we want. If we read 2 Corinthians 12:6-9, Paul asked something of the Lord and He was given the answer “My grace is sufficient for you”… My strength is made perfect in weakness. Why?
If we are asking for things in Jesus name, we should ask ourselves a few questions if it does not come when we ask.
1. Did I ask so that the Father may be glorified in the Son?
2. Did I ask amiss as written in James 4:3?
3. Am I asking because it is a need or a want? Philippians 4:19
4. Have I received whatever I have asked for but because it does not look like I want it to, I am missing the fact that it has come?
5. Am I abiding in Christ and seeking a rhema word that I can specifically apply to what I am asking for?
6. Am I being double-minded?
7. Do I already have the power (authority) and access (right) to receive what I asked for but I have not acted upon it yet?
God is a good Father. Matthew 7:11 talks about how much more will our Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.
Conclusion: When it seems that we do not get what we ask for, we have to ask why? We need to check our motives for asking and we can ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us why we have not received what we have asked for. 1 Corinthians 2:12 says we have received the spirit of God (if we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior) that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. God is present and He cares about every detail of our lives, so taking the time to understand God’s word is vital as it is freely available for us to study, learn, grow, and apply. Do not be discouraged if you have asked God for something and have not received it yet. Pray and ask God why he has not answered, and when you get the answer write it down so you will always remember. You will also be able to reflect upon the answer and make a change if needed or understand how to accept the situation if needed.
Has God revealed to you through His word another reason why we may not receive what we ask for? Please share in the comments below!
Thank you all for taking the time to read and ask questions! My prayer for you is that you will stay the course and see and hear the power of God which is being revealed in Jesus name.