Gutsy Prayer Requests
Martin Luther said, “Although it hurts us when he takes his own from us, his good will should be a greater comfort to us than all his gifts, for God is immeasurably better than all his gifts.” That is a very gutsy thing to say. That’s gutsy because one must be certain of two things. First, one must have faith that no hurt can be so painful that God is not able to comfort the hurting one. Second, one must have faith that no gift from God could ever be greater than the gift of himself. That’s a gutsy thing to say and an even gutsier thing to try and live. And the gutsiest thing to do is to pray on a daily basis that God would show you how this is true.
Are your palms sweating yet? Mine are. Because we ask God to do this all the time. Did you realize that?
This is what we’re asking for when we ask God to show us mercy or give us grace. This is what we’re asking for when we pray for relief from our painful circumstances. This is what we’re asking for when we ask for future grace for some challenge that is just around the corner. Whenever we say to the Lord as Moses did, “Please show me your glory” (Ex. 33:18), we are asking God to make us glad in him. The only way that God answers prayer is in accordance with his perfect character. God cannot do anything that is not to the praise of his glory.
When God answers our prayers, he will always answer according to his will for our lives, that is, in accordance with his will for us to be sanctified (1 Thess. 4:3).
Every time God acts, he acts in righteousness and grace. The God who is immeasurably better than all his gifts and is the standard of perfect righteousness could never answer a prayer request for grace by giving you a gift less than himself. He’s a good Father who doesn’t give his children rocks and snakes, but bread to sustain their lives and make them glad.
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