Making requests not only applies in our work and home environments, it is also relevant in our relationship with God. Every day we pray and thank God for a day well spent, and then we ask Him for things that we want or need to happen in our lives. We usually ask for a sign or for His answer, but what is the best way to present our requests to God?
There are several accounts in the Bible that we can use as examples. One of the greatest characters in the Bible that sought for God’s provision was Moses. Moses was one of the greatest leaders in the Bible, speaking for God and leading His people to the Promised Land. In his earlier journeys, Moses had already asked God to make His ways known to him, so that he may be able to serve Him better and find favor in His sight. In Exodus 33:18, Moses said, “’I pray Thee, show me Thy glory! and the Lord said, ‘I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you,
and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.’” God granted Moses’ request to show His glory and goodness. This meant that God was to show His graciousness to the Israelites by providing “good things” for them, despite the Israelites’ lack of faith and rebellion against God’s sovereignty. God showed Himself to Moses as an answer to his request, because Moses had been truly faithful to Him.
Another account in the Bible is the story of Abraham and Sarah. In the New Testament, Sarah has been praised two times, once for her faithfulness, and once for her submissiveness to her husband Abraham. Their faith was tested time and time again, especially when it came to their issue of not being able to bear a child.
When Abraham was a hundred years old and Sarah was about ninety, God delivered a message that they would have a son. Imagine wanting something for so long and after living a full life of not getting it, God presents it to you with confidence. They had seeds of doubts about this promise, because physically, Sarah was unable to get pregnant, especially at a very old age. But God rekindled their faith by simply asking, “Is there anything too difficult for the Lord?” (Gen.18:13-14). Their faith became steadfast, and Sarah gained the ability to conceive her son. This was a testament to God’s miracles in times of impossible circumstances.
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What is it you’ve wanted for so long? Have you made a request for it in your prayers?