When we ask God to give us something, He gives us so much more than we ask for.
I asked God to remove my propensity to sin.
God said, “It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.”
(See the promises to the overcomer in Revelation 2 and 3)
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, “His body is only temporary. His spirit is eternal.”
(See 1 Corinthians 15:19)
I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, “Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn’t granted, it is learned.”
(See James 1:2-4)
I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, “Happiness is subjective. I give you blessings that you might live abundantly.”
(See Matthew 5:1-12)
I asked God to remove my pain.
God said, “Suffering draws you apart from from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.”
(See Romans 5:3-5)
I asked God to help my spirit grow.
God said, “Abide in me and I will prune you to make you even more fruitful.”
(See John 15:1-8)
I asked God for all sorts of things.
God said, “I have given you life so that you may come to know and love me, not the things of the world.”
(See Matthew 6:19-33)
I asked God to help me love others as much as He loves me.
God said, “Ah! Now you are beginning to think like my Son.”
(See 1 John 4:7-21)
“With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine.” —Ephesians 3:20 (NCV)