Have you received the thing for which you most recently and fervently prayed? The answer should always be YES! Why? Because the Bible says so!Let’s read these Scriptures:Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mk 11:24 NIV) Believe that you have already received what you need and faith operating in you will bring it to you! And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. (Mt 21:22 KJV) When we pray and ask the Lord to give us something based upon His Word, we must always mix our prayer with the faith that we have received at salvation. If you remain in Me, and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (Joh 15:7 NASB) Keeping God’s Word (the Bible) ‘before you’ means reading it regularly—daily—and memorizing and meditating upon it. As we make these habits a part of our Christian lives, we may ask WHATEVER we need, and it will be done. Hallelujah!Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (1 Joh 5:14-15 NKJV) Note first of all that this Scripture passage mentions our CONFIDENCE in God; this is crucial. Once, we have that confidence and we pray according to God’s Word—which is His will—then we are positive that we have received our prayer requests. Praise the Lord!But those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.. (Ps 34:10b CEB, emphasis added)Our Lord and our God, you are like the sun and also like a shield. You treat us with kindness and with honor, never denying any good thing to those who live right. (Ps 84:11 CEV, emphasis added)Both of the verses above from Psalms say that we, as followers and disciples of Jesus Christ, will never be denied any good thing. What a joyous and blessed security our Savior has given to His children. God bless you!
He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. (SOS 2:4 NKJV)
In the Bible, many times when the word banner is used, it is referring to a flag. Armies carry flags and kingdoms display flags to identify and declare several things:
- The identity of the King who rules in a certain country and in whose name a particular army fights;
- The identity of the kingdom to whom an army has pledged its loyalty and steadfastness;
- The identity of the kingdom that has supplied (and will continue to supply) an army;
- The identity of the King and the kingdom which will protect an army or a country.
In the instance of the verse shown at the top of this article, the word banner has additional implications to those mentioned above:
- The King signified by this banner is King Jesus (the King of Kings and Lord of Lords), who has established His banner, authority, and might in LOVE;
- The Kingdom that displays this banner of love not only supplies food, armaments, and other supplies but it also supplies grace to its army and to its people;
- This banner represents a Kingdom of loveliness, security, unity, and loyalty;
- One of the seven names of God, Jehovah Nissi, means “The Lord our Banner.” (Exodus 17:14-15) The Bible reminds us that God is love. (1 Joh 4:8, 16b) Praise the Lord that His banner over us is love!
In John Gill’s Exposition on Song of Solomon 2:4, he says: “ . . . the covenant of grace and the Scriptures of truth may be thought of as a banqueting house, well stored with blessings, and promises, and rich provisions; which, to be led and let into, is a singular kindness . . .”
As the children of God, we are a blessed people and I recommend thinking about this at length.
The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, the Rock of my salvation! (2 Sam 22:47)
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Ps 18:2)
In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. (Ps 62:7)
This expression [Rock of my salvation] stimulates vivid imagery and a sense of security. Our God is a trustworthy, reliable, resolute Savior.
Isaiah 28:16 says: Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily. [not be panic-stricken]
This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ (Acts 4:11)
From these various passages of Scripture, we understand that Jesus is our Rock and our foundation—even the chief cornerstone of our faith! Jesus is solid, secure, and unmovable. He is our sure foundation who never changes, and who never fails. Glory to God!
Put your faith in Jesus, alone, and you won’t be disappointed.