Thought to Ponder: Activate It!
“If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1Jn 5:14 NIV
While you are waiting for God’s Word to be fulfilled in your life, do these three things: (1) Verbalize it. The most effective way to pray is to speak God’s Word. The patriarchs, prophets, and psalmists regularly reminded God of His promises in prayer, confident He would keep them. The surest indicator of God’s will—is His Word. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us…we know that we have what we asked of him” (vv. 14-15 NIV). God always responds to His Word, always! (2) Obey it. God’s plan for us is not just to speak His Word, vital as this is—but that we obey it (See Jas 1:22). The hymn-writer said: “When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, what a glory He sheds on our way; while we do His good will, He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey.” Obedience—faith in action—aligns us with God and He responds by fulfilling His promise to us. (3) Share it. Parents and grandparents, “Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up” (Dt 6:6-7 GWT). You needn’t be a qualified teacher, just a sincere teller. Sharing God’s Word will produce fruit in the lives of your family, friends, relatives, business associates, and neighbors, and also increase your own grasp and understanding of it.(bob gass)