Ask And Receive

December 2, 2014
by Sharon Y. Greer

I awoke to find a world of white. It was beautiful, but also a threat because mountains of the stuff had piled up against my doors, and I was literally a prisoner in my own home.

I managed to push the back door open just wide enough to allow Sparky, my dog, to squeeze out for his morning necessity. When he squeezed back inside, his exuberant shake sent snow flying in every direction, including all over me. I was not amused. It took about five minutes to get all the clumps off his feet and legs; then he trotted happily across my freshly cleaned laminate floor, leaving his wet prints behind.

I later learned that this inconvenience was minor in comparison to the loss of life, stranded motorists, and massive digging-out required as a result of this blizzard. But for me, it was not a fun way to start my day, as I had to tend a Salvation Army Christmas kettle, and I was already wondering how I would get out to my car.

Then, I used my head and committed this task to the Lord to resolve — to the One Who said, "You do not have because you do not ask God." (James 4:2b NIV)

I am asking, Lord, I replied silently.

I honestly believed that He would answer me, because He also said, "Ask and it will be given to you." (Matthew 7:7a NIV) So I left it with Him and prepared my breakfast with a warm sense of peace, knowing that He would answer.

Formerly, I would have become anxious and upset to find myself in such a dilemma, but I had seen so many amazing answers to prayer over the past year, as our relationship had deepened, that I went calmly about my normal activity, even as the clock hand crept closer to the time that I was to leave.

Then the telephone rang, and God answered my prayer right then and there. They had decided to cancel my shift because of the heavy snowfall.

A warm wave of joy and thanksgiving swept over me at the wonderful news.

I began to praise the Lord Who had not only answered my prayer, but had done it above and beyond all of my expectations. Now I had a free day to try to catch up on the 1001 jobs that had piled up over the past month. How great is our God!

Sometimes, we forget that all the promises of God are sure, and we try to muddle along in our own strength. Let's take the Lord, Who gave His life to purchase our salvation, at His word. Then, we will find ourselves rejoicing over and over in amazement and thanksgiving at the ways He answers.

In the meantime, perhaps you will consider volunteering with the Salvation Army Christmas kettle program. There is a great need!

Prayer: Forgive us, heavenly Father, for not taking everything to You in prayer. We know that You want to be part of every aspect of our lives, both in the good times as well as the bad. We praise You and thank You for Your great faithfulness to us and to Your Word. We pray in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.

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Sharon Y. Greer <sygreer11@gmail.com>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Wonderful words of encouragement Sharon.


    Thank you Sharon, a reminder that whether (weather!) big or small, God has a handle on it for us!


    I agree Sharon,
    I have had many answered prayers over the past couple of years.
    I count on them daily.
    Keep the faith.
    God Bless.


    Thank you for today’s devotion. It is so easy to slip into the “I can do this myself” attitude of a young child but worry and fuss over things because we don’t know how to solve the problem. I have posted the verse from James at my desk so I will learn to ask for help in everything.
    Great devotion.


    To Sharon Greer;
    Thank you for submitting thoughtful, insightful and personal devotionals for the PresbyCan Daily Devotionals. I see your submissions on a regular basis and Praise God for them.
    Thank you for blessing others in this way.
    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christ mas!


    So you live in the Snowbelt.
    Brings back memories – how prayers were dominant in those “helpless” days. Much snow sure invites one to seek help from above.
    Thank you for writing about your day in the snow.
    How help arrived through asking Jesus!
    Have a most blessed Christmas ever!


    Dear Sharon:
    Thank you for your devotional.
    I add that the whole devotional flowed well. And blessed my soul.
    We have no Salvation Army churches or work in our area. In the past I have seen Salvation Army at work, especially at Christmas, and have attended Salvation Army services.
    Keep up the great SA work — and writing.
    And Praying.
    Even when a person doesn’t think God is answering a particular prayer the way you hope he will, He is answering. God IS answering. God is often answering in a much more expansive way than we would even have imagined he would.

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