“You shall cry, and He shall say, Here I am”, Is. 58:9 


We all know those words Jesus spoke out so solemnly: “Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.  (8) For each one who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened”, Mat 7:7-8 MKJV. But usually the emphasis falls upon the asking part, when Jesus wanted to frieze the receiving part of these words. People ask too much and receive too little – but the biblical truth is that people must receive above whatever they ask.

These words were never meant to encourage whenever and wherever people seem to believe to have received when they have not. People should never use promises to encourage, but rather to state, to attest and to know concerning God’s will. A promise is not an answer – it is a link to a possible answer.

Because people have sin, they usually have no answers from God, for He says “Here I am. If you take the yoke away from among you, the pointing of the finger, and speaking vanity…”. Therefore alone, these might need to take hold upon enthusiasm so as to carry on just as they are and need a promise from God to do so.

God’s promises are never weapons pointed at God’s head, but to the heart and to the mind of perceiving Christians, for if a faithful God does not answer, we should take heed and enquire why immediately. God is not to be mocked, nor will He mock anyone whatsoever – if has promised, He shall fulfill unless there is sin to hinder the answer. Yet, if you have no sin, and still have no answer from above, do not take God to be that lighthearted so as to leave your grounds upon which you may have glued your fainting knees – if you leave there without an answer, you are ceasing to pray. Praying without ceasing means just to pray until you have an answer from God – never giving up upon a Holy God. To cease is to give up before you may, or to grab a promise somewhere and make an excuse with it to leave your intercession unclosed and unfinished. It means also that you will stand up as soon as God has answered you. Only then “Shake yourself from the dust; rise up! Sit, Jerusalem! Free yourself from your neckbands, O captive daughter of Zion” Is 52:2.

How can people then state God will do, God will bless, if He has not heard a prayer at all? Just because a promise is in the Bible does it mean God does not have to ascertain it to you personally too and first, before you go out believing it at all? Has your mind become so idle as to be content to worship a illusionary God alone? Does a Living God scare you out? Do you always receive when you ask? Or do you take your God and duty lightly as if God can never be real and faithful enough to grant an open answer?

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José Mateus