Christ's Object Lessons
by Ellen G. White
Chapter 12: Asking to Give
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When perplexities arise, and difficulties confront you,
look not for help to humanity. Trust all with God. The
practice of telling our difficulties to others only makes us
weak, and brings no strength to them. It lays upon them
the burden of our spiritual infirmities, which they cannot
relieve. We seek the strength of erring, finite man, when
we might have the strength of the unerring, infinite God.
You need not go to the ends of the earth for wisdom,
for God is near. It is not the capabilities you now possess
or ever will have that will give you success. It is that
which the Lord can do for you. We need to have far less
confidence in what man can do and far more confidence in
what God can do for every believing soul. He longs to
have you reach after Him by faith. He longs to have you
expect great things from Him. He longs to give you
understanding in temporal as well as in spiritual matters.
He can sharpen the intellect. He can give tact and skill.
Put your talents into the work, ask God for wisdom, and it
will be given you.
Take the word of Christ as your assurance. Has He [p. 147] not invited you to come unto Him? Never allow yourself
to talk in a hopeless, discouraged way. If you do you will
lose much. By looking at appearances and complaining
when difficulties and pressure come, you give evidence of a
sickly, enfeebled faith. Talk and act as if your faith was
invincible. The Lord is rich in resources; He owns the
world. Look heavenward in faith. Look to Him who has
light and power and efficiency.
There is in genuine faith a buoyancy, a steadfastness of
principle, and a fixedness of purpose that neither time nor
toil can weaken. "Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait
upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount
up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint." Isa. 40:30, 31.
There are many who long to help others, but they feel
that they have no spiritual strength or light to impart. Let
them present their petitions at the throne of grace. Plead
for the Holy Spirit. God stands back of every promise He
has made. With your Bible in your hands say, I have
done as Thou hast said. I present Thy promise, "Ask, and
it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it
shall be opened unto you."
We must not only pray in Christ's name, but by the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This explains what is meant
when it is said that the Spirit "maketh intercession for us,
with groanings which cannot be uttered." Rom. 8:26. Such
prayer God delights to answer. When with earnestness and
intensity we breathe a prayer in the name of Christ, there
is in that very intensity a pledge from God that He is about
to answer our prayer "exceeding abundantly above all that
we ask or think." Eph. 3:20.
Christ has said, "What things soever ye desire, when ye
pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." [p. 148] Mark 11:24. "Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that
will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."
John 14:13. And the beloved John, under the inspiration
of the Holy Spirit, speaks with great plainness and
assurance: "If we ask anything according to His will, He
heareth us: and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we
ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of
Him." I John 5:14, 15. Then press your petition to the
Father in the name of Jesus. God will honor that name.
The rainbow round about the throne is an assurance
that God is true, that in Him is no variableness, neither
shadow of turning. We have sinned against Him, and are
undeserving of His favor; yet He Himself has put into our
lips that most wonderful of pleas, "Do not abhor us, for
Thy name's sake; do not disgrace the throne of Thy glory;
remember, break not Thy covenant with us." Jer. 14:21.
When we come to him confessing our unworthiness and
sin, He has pledged Himself to give heed to our cry. The
honor of His throne is staked for the fulfillment of His
word unto us.
Like Aaron, who symbolized Christ, our Saviour bears
the names of all His people on His heart in the holy place.
Our great High Priest remembers all the words by which
He has encouraged us to trust. He is ever mindful of
All who seek of Him shall find. All who knock will
have the door opened to them. The excuse will not be
made, Trouble Me not; the door is closed; I do not wish
to open it. Never will one be told, I cannot help you.
Those who beg at midnight for loaves to feed the hungry
souls will be successful.
In the parable, he who asks bread for the stranger,
receives "as many as he needeth." And in what measure
will God impart to us that we may impart to others? [p. 149] "According to the measure of the gift of Christ." Eph. 4:7.
Angels are watching with intense interest to see how man
is dealing with his fellow men. When they see one
manifest Christlike sympathy for the erring, they press to his
side and bring to his remembrance words to speak that will
be as the bread of life to the soul. So "God shall supply all
your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
Phil. 4:19. Your testimony in its genuineness and reality
He will make powerful in the power of the life to come.
The word of the Lord will be in your mouth as truth
Personal effort for others should be preceded by much
secret prayer; for it requires great wisdom to understand
the science of saving souls. Before communicating with
men, commune with Christ. At the throne of heavenly
grace obtain a preparation for ministering to the people.
Let your heart break for the longing it has for God, for
the living God. The life of Christ has shown what humanity
can do by being partaker of the divine nature. All that
Christ received from God we too may have. Then ask
and receive. With the persevering faith of Jacob, with the
unyielding persistence of Elijah, claim for yourself all that
God has promised.
Let the glorious conceptions of God possess your mind.
Let your life be knit by hidden links to the life of Jesus.
He who commanded the light to shine out of darkness is
willing to shine in your heart, to give the light of the
knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit will take the things of God and show
them unto you, conveying them as a living power into the
obedient heart. Christ will lead you to the threshold of
the Infinite. You may behold the glory beyond the veil,
and reveal to men the sufficiency of Him who ever liveth
to make intercession for us.
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