June 6, 2013 - by Jeanette
Recently when out walking with my two year old granddaughter she piped up, “Go to shop. Get ice-block”.
Normally such a request initiates a bargaining process and my granddaughter would end up getting a banana or some other healthier choice. This time, however, I took great satisfaction in replying, “We can’t because I don’t have my purse with me and I don’t have any money to buy it.”
My granddaughter made no comment, but obviously tucked the words away in her little mind. A few days later she found a two dollar coin on the floor and eagerly brought it to me asking ,“Where Mormor purse?” ("Mormor" is Danish for Grandmother)
I fetched my purse for the coin and she announced with great delight and determination, “Go shop now. Get ice-block.”
Oh, for the faith of a little child who claims the word of an authority figure in her life as a personal promise and knows when the conditions are fulfilled for its execution.
Consider James 5:16, for example:
“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
When you read that word “righteous” does your heart sink as you recall your unrighteous thoughts and behaviour and think they disqualify you for this promise? The good news is that Christ has fulfilled the conditions on our behalf:
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
Furthermore 2 Corinthians 1:20 says:
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (Amen means “So be it”.)
When we accept Jesus as our personal Saviour all that He is and all that He has done qualifies us for the fulfilment of all of God’s promises. Your Father waits to hear and answer your prayers.