When it comes to believing God for a spouse, or a promotion, or whatever it may be, some of us make the mistake of trying to dictate to God HOW we want it to happen, however in no case in the Bible does any one who wanted anything from God dictate to Him – they just simply received their blessing the way that He said.
For example, Naaman wanted his leprosy removed and was told to dip himself in the Jordan River 7 times. Though he initially got offended, he eventually did it and received his healing as a result.
(2 Kings 5:10-14)
Blind Bartimaeus wanted his sight so he chased after Jesus, told Jesus what He wanted and Jesus responded with “Go thy way; thy faith hath made the whole” and Bartimaeus received his sight and went away rejoicing, whereas in another case of a blind man Jesus smeared spit laden mud on his eyes and told him to go dip in the pool of Siloam to receive his sight – he did so and got his vision back. (Mark 10:46-52; John 9:6-7)
There also was a man at the pool of Bethesda who had an infirmity for 38 years and sat by the pool every day to see if maybe one day he could make it to the water right after the angel troubled the waters before any one else so that he could receive his healing. Well, one day Jesus addressed him and when he explained how discouraged he was Jesus simply said “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk” and he walked away healed without having to get any of his clothes wet at all. (John 5:2-9)
In his case, like many of us do ourselves, he thought his blessing would come one way, but Jesus had a whole different and much easier way in mind.
So when it comes to believing God for anything, as long as it’s according to His will, believe and receive that He will do it for you, and leave the HOW up to Him.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 1 John 5:14-16
Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4
*Originally published on Kim on the Web.