Your Needs AreAlready Met
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it (John 14:13-14).
Only someone with sovereign authority and power can make a statement such as is underlined above. You have to be God to talk like that, and Jesus is himself God. A man may make promises and disappoint, but not God; He is the Big Boss! He owns everything, and He says “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”
You know, some people say, “Well, God only grants our needs, not our wants.” But that’s not what the Bible teaches. Jesus said, “Ask anything.” In other words, “Ask what you will” (John 15:7). You shouldn’t ask for your needs anyways, because your heavenly Father already knows what you need (Matthew 6:8). Just as He takes care of the sparrows and the lilies of the valley without them having to ask Him, He takes care of your needs.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:28-32 CEV:“Look how the wild flowers grow. They don’t work hard to make their clothes. But I tell you that Solomon with all his wealth wasn’t as well clothed as one of them. God gives such beauty to everything that grows in the fields, even though it is here today and thrown into a fire tomorrow. He will surely do even more for you…Don’t worry and ask yourselves, “Will we have anything to eat? Will we have anything to drink? Will we have any clothes to wear?” Only people who don’t know God are always worrying about such things. Your Father in heaven knows that you need all of these.”
Wants are different from needs; they’re the extras that make life more pleasurable. The psalmist had this in mind when he said,“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalms 23:1). Notice he didn’t say, “I shall not need,” because he knew his needs had been taken care of. Also, observe the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:19:“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”He didn’t say “I pray to God that all your needs will be supplied.”
So, don’t exert unnecessary energy in prayer, asking God for your needs. If you recognize any need, call it met, for it immediately falls into God’s supply-system! Your needs are already met in Christ Jesus; yours is to take possession by faith, for all things are already yours (1 Corinthians 3:21).
Dear heavenly Father,
thank you for your great love demonstrated towards me in Christ Jesus. I rejoice greatly to know that you care for me and supply all my needs according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. I give thanks in Jesus name. Amen.
Philippians 4:19; John 16:23-24