|Memorise: “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness” (Ps107:9)
Read: 2 Kings 5:5-7
|After the little maid in Naaman’s house had convinced everyone who cared to know that healing was awaiting her master in Israel, the king of Syria took it from there. He wrote the Israeli king that he must cure Naaman of his leprosy. The maid clearly told them where to go – to the national prophet – Elisha but they wrote to the king. This is some diversion.One reason many needs or desires are not met is because they are misplaced. Misplaced requests never get to their destination. In Genesis 30:1-2, Rachel was desperately in need of children. She had tried all she knew how to. One day, she grabbed her husband Jacob by the collar and told him: “It is either you give me children today or I die”. Once again a good request was misplaced. No man gives children because Psalm 127:3 says they are from God.
Asking your spouse for a child is a good but misplaced request. It is essential that requests be properly channelled to the appropriate quarters for action to be taken on them. Some wives or children make good but misplaced requests of their husbands and parents. You are asking the wrong person. Some wives nag their husbands over a particular need to the point that instead of being met, it stirs up anger as in the case of Rachel and Jacob.
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Phil 4:6). This scripture did not say you should channel some, but all your requests to God. It did not say take all these requests to your husband or father. Why? James 1:17 says every good thing comes from God, not your spouse.
Psalm 107:9 says, “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness”. Although parents should provide for their households or they are worse than unbelievers, they must not be turned into your source. Your spouse is not your source. Your father is not your source: God is your source.
When you have a need, before you make it known to your parents or spouse, first tell your Source – the Lord Jesus Christ. He will decide how the need will be met. If you cultivate the habit of going to God concerning every need, it will save you time and bring your desired results.
|Re-address your misdirected requests to the appropriate person – The El-Shaddai.
By Pastor Enich Adeboye
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