A More Excellent Way (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 12:31 – But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

“But covet earnestly the best gifts.” This is the “way” that some people try to find the “so called” best gifts in the Bible. Yet, the Apostle Paul is literally saying, sure you can try your hardest to get the best spiritual gifts, “yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.” Paul was writing to an entire Church of believers in Corinth, saying that there was another way to conduct their lives, a better way to live than the way they were currently living, “a more excellent way.” This way is the way of love. It is to live in a more excellent way than any other way because it is God’s way. The very next verse begins explaining some of the spiritual qualities of charity.  The love of God (charity) is the “more excellent way” because it will bring the most needful and “best gifts” right to you.

I Corinthians chapter 13 unfolds to the believers some of the greatness of God’s love applied, what it will accomplish when acted upon, and also what charity will not do. For instance, “{charity} doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” (verse 5). Chapter 13 of I Corinthians is a wonderful chapter for believers to read and reread over and again.

I Corinthians 13:6 – {charity} Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

“Iniquity” means wrongdoing, or unrighteousness. In other words, let us say we see someone who just wronged us fall down and we think “That is just what he deserves!” This kind of rejoicing in or being happy with someone’s misfortune is where charity cannot and will not function because that kind of thinking does not emanate out of the love of God.

“Rejoice” is spiritual joy repeated over and again! We will have and enjoy this continuous rejoicing when and where we have charity in our lives. When we look into the Scriptures, recognizing them as divine truth from God, it will cause our hearts to rejoice. When the truth begins to hold us up, then the love of God in our hearts will also begin to bubble over into rejoicing abundantly.

I Corinthians 13:8a – Charity never faileth: . . .

How often will we fail when we have God’s love in our endeavors in life? Never! How do Christians avoid being failures? “Charity never faileth.” When and where we have charity in our hearts, we will succeed. If charity could fail just once, then it would be worthless for it could let us down at a most important moment. However, and thankfully, “charity never faileth.”

Our loving Father has given to His children a more excellent way to live, a more excellent way to follow, and a more excellent way to love. All that any believer can do is either walk into the abundance of God’s more excellent way, or not. However, when you as a believer only try to walk with God in His love, you will assuredly be rejoicing in the truth, for you will tap into a new spiritual love that will never fail you.

The Three Gifts

Ecclesiastes 5:19:
Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.

“Wow, to be happy, joyful, and wealthy is a gift of God, yet this is almost an unheard of concept in today’s world, especially for all too many Christians. This gift does not necessarily mean that God will cause you to be rich beyond your wildest dreams, but He certainly wants you to have enough stuff to enjoy the more abundant life. We read in Philippians 4:19, my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus, and this is still true right now in the continuous present tense. There is nothing wrong with having money or being rich, as God’s will is for His children to have all of their need supplied ― abundantly.” ~LMJ~

With God All Things Are Possible (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Mark 9:23–24:
-23: Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
-24: And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

This is the conclusion of an account about a father who brought his son to Jesus’ disciples for healing, but his disciples were unable to help. The reason for this was not because the disciples had any lack of believing, but rather the responsibility rested with the father of the child who had a lack of believing faith. That man had someone to blame when Jesus’ disciples failed, but Jesus was able to see the bigger picture, and knew that the man himself had to have believing faith, thus Jesus said to him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Then, after some instruction in believing clearly outlined in verse 23, the man straightway started believing, and asked for help not for his son but for himself because he began to realize that in order for his son to be delivered, he himself, as the caregiver of that child, needed to believe for his son.

When people are not taught about believing from the Scriptures or have never considered that “with God all things are possible,” the natural response of disappointment for not receiving the desires of their heart is to blame others around them, or to accuse the Bible as being the fault for their own lack of believing faith. This is the case with the father above; his son was not helped when the disciples tried to offer assistance, and then this father attempted to cast all of his skepticism onto Jesus when he said, “if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us” (Mark 9:22). However, Jesus, who is the Word (John 1:14) immediately recognized the problem and handed the father’s own “if” directly back to that father, emphatically stating, If {IF!} thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. When this father recognized that he could believe for his child, then a miraculous event occurred in his life, and he received the blessings that followed, and his son was completely healed. With believing faith in the promises of God, anyone can rise up from the sea of doubts to be successful.

Like the father in this biblical example, we who go to the Scriptures can discover the answers to help bolster our own believing faith, for when we are looking to the Word of God for help and assistance, we will be “Looking unto Jesus {who is} the author and finisher of our {believing} faith” (Hebrews 12:2). We find that in the Word of God, Jesus has given us his name to use in prayer, and as we do, we will be invoking his powerful name to help transform our ifs, wishes, hope so’s, and dreams into positive, assertive, and powerful believing faith ― and thus, into reality. With our believing faith, we can believe that “with God all things are possible,” and this belief will bring glory to God, and deliverance with blessings into our lives.

 John 14:13–14:
-13: And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name {Jesus Christ}, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
-14: If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Notice in verse 14, the first word is If. Jesus also returns to us the same if the father was given in the example above. If we ask God for help in Jesus Christ’s name in our prayer, there is divine power in our request because Jesus says, “I will do it.” Jesus most certainly will help because today if we pray in the name of Jesus Christ to receive answers to our prayers, then the result of our prayers must follow, as Paul taught, “my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus {by using his name in prayer}” (Philippians 4:19). Well, if it worked nearly two-thousand years age when Jesus walked, then it should still work today. If we believe in his powerful name, then miraculous things can begin to work because we still have the same God that existed back then (Psalms 90:2), Jesus is still alive (Revelation 1:8, 18), and people, believers like you and I, are still here to believe in the same gracious Word (see I Thessalonians 2:13 below). Jesus said in John 15:7, “If {IF} ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” This is how to turn all of our ifs into absolutes or in Jesus’ words, it shall be done unto you!

Hebrews 4:2 explains, “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith {believing faith} in them that heard it.” Just using the name of Jesus Christ in prayer is not the only component to successful praying, but to also admix our believing faith with the prayer ― these are the necessary ingredients for receiving the desires of our hearts.

Even though the father of the child in the account above had Jesus Christ before his very eyes to explain believing, we today have been given the Word of God to believe in, and the faith of Jesus Christ to help augment our own personal believing faith. We also have been given the blessed privilege to use his powerful name to help receive answers to our prayers. We may activate our believing faith in Jesus’ name when we have a need in our life, and he promised that will I do. This is when prayer works effectively as Jesus taught, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7).

I Thessalonians 2:13:  For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

When we hear the Word of God, believing that we are receiving His Word, the Word itself begins working within us effectually (energetically), because we have a fulfilling faith. When our believing God’s Word is energized, our believing will increase so that we may receive the promises contained in the Word.

Matthew 19:24–26:
-24: And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
-25: When His disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
-26: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

These verses are sometimes used to try to prove that if you are rich, then heaven is not the place you will end up unless you give all your money away, but this could not be further from the truth. Jesus was referring to a rich man who put all his trust in his money, while the Word of God instructs us to put our trust in Him, “And the LORD shall help them and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him” (Psalms 37:40). There is nothing wrong with having money or being rich. In fact, it is God Who gives believers the “power to get wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:18). Wealth is often incalculable, such as having companionship, love, a family, close friends, food, and a warm place to lay our heads at night ― these are all intangibles that cannot be calculated, yet they all are invaluable varieties of wealth.

Not only does God give us power to get wealth but He also gives us power to enjoy any and all the wealth we receive. Often people with money are so busy acquiring, stockpiling, investing, and protecting it that they never seem to have any time left to enjoy it; however, God’s will for us is to enjoy our lives with all that He gives.

Ecclesiastes 5:19:  Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.

Wow, to be happy, joyful, and wealthy is a gift of God, yet this is almost an unheard of concept in today’s world, especially for Christians. This gift does not necessarily mean that God will cause you to be rich beyond your wildest dreams, but He certainly wants you to have enough stuff to enjoy the more abundant life. We read earlier, my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus, and this is still true right now in the continuous present tense. There is nothing wrong with having money or being rich, as God’s will is for His children to have all of their need supplied ― abundantly.

Jesus uses the eye of the needle story to refer to people who put their trust in their own wealth rather than trusting in God to be their sufficiency in this life (II Corinthians 9:8), as Jesus further expresses in Mark 10:24: “how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!” This verse should have been used during the Inquisitions when some people were lead to believe that they could buy a seat in heaven via plenary indulgences, or a get-out-of-purgatory-free card, or a help their deceased relatives with an escape-hell pass. But earthly riches will not get anyone into the kingdom of God, and though some will trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God, Jesus says it will not work. And as Peter also said to Simon the sorcerer, “Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God {the gift of God is salvation (Ephesians 2:8) received by God’s grace} may be purchased with money” (Acts 8:20). We cannot buy what God freely gives, but we can believe to receive what God’s Word promises He will give.

The greatest things in life are free. A man may sell his soul, but he cannot buy eternal life, overflowing joy, inner peace, or true love, and he cannot pay to have his spiritual needs supplied, or purchase the fullness of God, and true happiness. These are all gifts of God! We can stand in total awe of these gifts, and thoroughly enjoy them, for they far surpass any monetary value.

Jesus said it is, easer for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, but he did not say this was impossible as has been suggested by some. Now how can a camel pass through the eye of a needle? The eye of the needle story sounds totally impossible or impassable. Nevertheless, it is not, as Jesus just said with God all things are possible!

We are going to look at the concepts in this story of the eye of the needle to glean some tremendous truths. When we get to the bottom of this passage, we will make our way to the pinnacle of some underlying truths that will help us soar with the eagles, rather than trudging along with the camels.

Isaiah 40:31:  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.

The eye of the needle does not refer to a sewing needle with a teeny oval hole at one end. Jesus was hypothetically referring to them that trust in riches, and thus they have placed all their trust in the hopes that the wealth they possess could open all doors, doors that would otherwise be closed to those who have little, while the Word of God instructs us to put our trust in God through Christ Who opens doors – if and when we believe and utilize the powerful name we have been given – the name of Jesus Christ. Revelation 3:7 says, “he {Jesus Christ} that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth.” So as we walk with Jesus in our hearts, we are walking with him who has the passkey.

You see, in the Biblelands there was always a smaller door within the larger, two-story “gates of the city,” and this smaller door could open at night, and this smaller, inner door was named the eye of the needle. When a weary traveler approached a city at night, the gates were always closed but he still could enter through the narrow doorway. However, his camel had to unload its burden before entering because a camel would barely fit through the smaller door. Camels were usually piled up high and wide and there would be no way to enter the city without unloading. Sometimes the eye of the needle was referred to as a “bottleneck” or “needle’s eye,” because of its shape and this door is what Jesus was referring to in his teaching of the eye of the needle. One could walk their camels into the city and carry in the camel’s burden; however, some people were just too darn stubborn to unload their burden.

A walled city symbolized God’s presence and His protection. Just as a camel needed to be unloaded of its burden, Jesus was implying that trusting in God is how people, even rich people, release their own burdens in this life and this trust allows God to watch over them (Proverbs 3:5–6). In the walled city, there would be safety for themselves, their camels, and all of their supplies. Yet some would rather “trust” in their own abilities and resources and as in the eye of the needle story, they would rather stay outside all night and keep all their stuff out there with them. Thus, they would be taking their chances against the bandits of the night. This is why Jesus says, with man on his own, things may seem impossible (and sometimes even frightening), but where there is trust and believing faith ― then there is confidence and safety, for with God all things are possible.

Nahum 1:7:   The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

To answer the question in Matthew 19:25 (above) that the disciples asked Jesus: “Who then can be saved” – the answer is – those who trust in God’s Word are those who can be saved, for they are known of God! I Timothy 6:7 says, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” Let me pose this question to you ― since we can carry nothing out, then how can we have something on the other side when we enter the kingdom of God and eternal bliss? Certainly not as the Pharaohs of Egypt practiced by loading up all their stuff into tombs / pyramids (supposed time machines), because all that stuff has been plundered on this side of heaven and most of the loot was ransacked and spent by grave robbers or placed in museums. The answer is actually quiet astounding. We simply send them ahead of time. But how? By believing and trusting in the Word of God today. You see, it is “the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (I Peter 1:23), and as we believe the everlasting Word, the Word itself will richly sustain and reward us in eternity, as James 2:5 details. So as we can see, the Word of God is much more valuable than we sometimes even grasp.

 James 2:5:   Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor {humble} of this world rich in faith {believing faith}, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

We who are “humble” before God and love Him will become rich in believing faith, and this wealth of believing faith is something God prizes and rewards, to the end that we may receive great abundance now and throughout eternity because we are heirs of the kingdom. God chose us (II Thessalonians 2:13), and we may humbly accept these graces of God upon our lives, believing that we indeed are “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). Having the Scriptures in our hearts will help aid our walks with God in the present tense, plus it is a great way to plan for our eternal future, setting aside a little nest egg for later.

Matthew 6:20:   But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal:

When we believe the Word, we are tapping into spiritual power, and by placing the words that Jesus called spirit and life (John 6:63) into our minds and hearts, they will return eternal dividends, for the Word will last us even into the next life and reward us throughout eternity. We have been called, “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (I Peter 1:4), and our inheritance will be there when we arrive, for it is reserved in heaven. We certainly can store up treasures now that will be there on the other side, waiting for our arrival by our believing God’s Word today, and this is not only when, but also why, with God all things are possible.

 Psalms 119:162:  I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil {a great treasure}.

The Word itself in the Bible is called a “great treasure,” a treasure that is not only priceless but lives and abides forever. By believing the everlasting Word, we will be enjoying rewards for eternity, and eternity will last longer than we can imagine forever is, and as the Psalmist confessed, “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Personally, I would not mind being that doorkeeper who has stockpiles of rewards that I could use for my days off! And as II Peter 3:8 states, a “day is with the Lord as a thousand years!” Talk about taking a day off, it will last for a very long time, or just imagine the time you will have to be with someone you love when taking a lengthy vacation ― wow, it will actually be fun to return back to the door again and say, oh, I don’t know, but something like “Gooood Morning Jesus.”

 Psalms 84:9–12:
-9: Behold, O God our shield, and {we will} look upon the face of thine anointed {Jesus Christ’s face in heaven}.
-10: For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
-11: For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly {in other words, with God all things are possible}.
-12: O LORD of hosts, blessed is {blessed ― will be} the man {and woman} that trusteth in thee.

In the examples above, we have looked at a man who had a great need to have his son healed, and he was taught the law of believing that delivered great results to him and his son. Then we looked at those who may be able to supply many of their needs with their own wealth, and yet even they need to humble themselves to receive the eternal blessings of God in their lives. It is always a question of whether or not we have trust in God, believe His Word, and apply the name of Jesus Christ in our prayers to deliver the greatest results into our lives, thereby paving a future of blessings.

Jesus said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” This is a part of “the simplicity that is in Christ” (II Corinthians 11:3), who taught us that, “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:14). You see, in reality, Jesus is the eye of the needle, for Jesus is the door, Jesus is the way, which leadeth unto life, and through Jesus, believers will find it, and they shall be saved! This is why the Scriptures teach us that when man by his own merits trusts in his own abilities to supply his every need, things might seem impossible, temporal, or fleeting away. However, where there is trust and believing faith in God, in His Word, and in the name of Jesus Christ, then with God all things are possible.

Mark 9:23:  Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Luke 18:27:  And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

A More Excellent Way (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 12:31: But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

But covet earnestly the best gifts is the way that some people try to find the “so called” best gifts in the Bible. Yet, the Apostle Paul is literally saying the opposite; sure you can try your hardest (and covet earnestly) to get the best spiritual gifts, yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. Paul was writing to an entire church of believers in Corinth, saying that there was another way to conduct their lives, a better way to live than the way they were currently living, a more excellent way. This way is the way of love, to conduct our lives with charity as the following verses in chapter 13 then explain. It is to live in a more excellent way than any other way because living with the love of God in our hearts is the best way to enjoy life and experience happiness.

The basis for Paul explaining to the believers that there is a more excellent way goes back to verse 27–31 of I Corinthians chapter 12, which shows some of the gifts that the believers in the church were coveting, thus prompting Paul’s discourse.

I Corinthians 12:27–30:
-27: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
-28: And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
-29: Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
-30: Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

This section of Scripture first states that we are the body of Christ and then that we are members in particular in that body. Each believer is unique within the body and each has a special place that is tailor-made for him or her with room to grow. As Proverbs 18:16 says, “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” It is this more excellent way of God’s love that allows room to grow and enjoy life as God intended for His children.

Then within this body, there are some ministries given by God in Christ Jesus, such as Apostles and Prophets and Teachers. Also, some believers in the body work miracles very well, such as ministering healing to others. As well, there are others in the body who are very diverse in the use of additional spiritual gifts and manifestations that have been supplied by God’s grace to help us walk with Him and with each other.

The verses above are not a shopping list from which we can pick and choose the ones we personally want to have; rather, God set some, i.e., God gives to His children what is needed at the appropriate time and in the proper measure to supply whatever would fit the spiritual need within the body of Christ. Paul is saying that when and where believers simply conduct their lives in love, they will then have tapped into the more excellent way as God supplies to His church (the body of Christ) the best and most needed gifts, which will be received effortlessly and enjoyed by all.

I Corinthians chapter 13 begins explaining some of the spiritual qualities of charity. The love of God (charity) is the more excellent way because it will bring the most needed and “best gifts” right to you at the appropriate time and in the right measure. The chapter unfolds to the believers the more excellent way with explanations of some of the greatness of God’s love applied, what it will accomplish when acted upon, and also what charity will not do. For instance “{charity} doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” (verse 5). Chapter 13 of I Corinthians is a wonderful chapter for believers to read and reread over and again.

I Corinthians 13:6: {Charity} Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Iniquity means wrongdoing, or unrighteousness. In other words, let us say we see someone who wronged us in some way in the past now going through a hard time and we think, “That is just what he deserves!” This kind of rejoicing in or finding satisfaction with someone’s misfortune is where charity cannot and will not function because that kind of thinking does not emanate out of the love of God. This is because charity thinketh no evil.

“Rejoice” is spiritual joy repeated over and again! We will have and enjoy this continuous rejoicing when and where we have charity in our lives. When we look into the Scriptures, recognizing them as divine truth from God, it will cause our hearts to rejoice. When the truth begins to hold us up, then the love of God in our hearts will also begin to bubble over into rejoicing ― abundantly. I Corinthians 13:8 reads, “Charity never faileth” when active in one’s life. Now, how often will we fail when we have God’s love in our endeavors in life? Never!

How do Christians avoid being failures? Charity never faileth. When and where we have charity in our hearts, we will succeed. If charity could fail just once, then it would be worthless for it could let us down at a most important moment. However, and thankfully, charity never faileth.

Our loving, heavenly Father has given to His children a more excellent way to live, a more excellent way to follow, and a more excellent way to love. All that any believer can do is either walk into the abundance of God’s more excellent way and learn to be loving, or not. However, when you as a believer only try to walk with God in His love, you will assuredly fulfil your God-given talents and gifts as you continue rejoicing in the truth, for you will have tapped into a new spiritual love that will never fail you, for it is God’s more excellent way.

I Peter 4: 8–11 (The Amplified Bible):**
-8: Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].
-9: Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ’s body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him).
-10: As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].
-11: Whoever speaks, [let him do it as one who utters] oracles of God; whoever renders service, [let him do it] as with the strength which God furnishes abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever (through endless ages). Amen (so be it).

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Ask and It Shall Be Given

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Matthew 7:7:
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

This is a wonderful section of Scripture. Yet how often do we simply ask? In the Book of James 4:2 it says “. . . ye have not, because ye ask not.” Sometimes asking may be a difficult thing for us to do because we normally earn the things that we have, and for some unknown reason asking almost seems wrong. Yet, in Matthew, Jesus was teaching that it is perfectly all right to ask when we have a need in our lives.

James 1:5-6a:
-5: If any of you lack wisdom, let him {beg, cry, and whine: no, it does not say that, it says} ask of God, that {Who} giveth to all men liberally {in simplicity, with a readiness of heart}, and upbraideth not {without faultfinding}; and it shall be given him.
-6a: But let him ask in faith {believing faith}. . .

When we pray what do we do? We ask! But is an answer to prayer honesty that simple to receive from God? Yes, it most definitely is! God’s Word says repeatedly to ask, and when we do, “it shall be given.”

Matthew 7:8:
For every one {including you and me} that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Often receiving things that are greater than our means appears to be either too difficult or downright impossible to acquire (Matthew 19:26). Inadvertently people can project this same kind of difficulty into their believing when hoping or desiring to receive blessings from God, so when they do ask, they will ask in a cloud of doubt. Nevertheless, it is always God’s will and good pleasure to take care of us. God always wants us to be happy and to have what we need to live abundantly.

There are times that we may ask and not receive, and without understanding God’s Word, we can suspect that God really does not answer prayer. However, James 4:3 says “Ye ask, and receive not {and this is the reason they “receive not”}, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lust.” God not only supplies our needs when we ask, He usually goes beyond what we ask just to bless us; however, God will never supply greed (greed is something that men thirst after and acquire on their own), and in the Book of James it says this is asking “amiss.”

The Bible encourages the children of God to ask, seek, and knock, and to believe that He is not only willing, but He is also able to give (Romans 4:21). Then the Word of God says you will receive, find, and the door will be opened into the abundance that God truly awards to His children.