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Monday, March 4, 2013

Ask and it shall be given you (but ask specifically!)

I believe in prayer. I tell ya, when I pray for something, God gives it. Of course, you have to pray with the knowledge of who God is. For example, I know that God is my provider so to ask Him for financial blessings and food is okay.

As Matthew 7:11 says, "If you then, imperfect as you are, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him?" My goodness, my husband and I spoil our kids silly. That gave me a profound insight on who God is—He will shower me with blessings because I am His child. All I need to do is ask!

I once asked for makeup when I was still so very poor and God answered by making me win a L'Oreal contest. One year's worth of makeup, y'all! But when I asked for makeup, it was because I was starting out in my career and I wanted to look good and I just didn't have money for makeup or nice clothes. So I bared my heart to the Lord and asked.

I believe that if you ask with a humble heart—not a vain or proud or greedy heart—God will give you what you want. After all, didn't He say, "I am come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly," in John 10:10? Abundance! That doesn't mean simple life, all I need, just enough. It means overflowing with blessings! That means more than I need!

I do also believe that when you ask God for something, you have to be specific. I don't mean that God is obtuse and isn't smart enough to figure you out. But He does have a sense of humor. I'll let this little conversation with fashion blogger Tracy Ayson of Fashion Fangirl explain my point:

So believe in God's promises, know who He is, ask with no fear or hesitation, ask with a heart full of love and humility, but ask specifically! God bless you!

15 comments:

  1. Lord, make me & Frances as bestfriends. Haha! Specific yun ha. ;)

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    1. Haha, bakit hindi? =) I have become very good friends with a lot of my blog readers!

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  2. This is such an inspiring post Frances and very timely as well. I am a follower of your blog simply because I love your way of writing. I hope you do not mind me sharing my story.

    Last Sunday my husband who is freelance graphic artist was in hurry to get home. Tired from meeting and catching up on his projects and doing some groceries, he forgot that he left his backpack inside the cab. In it was his Canon digital camera for six years and my Apple ipad which I got from a raffle in the US barely a year ago. We are not a rich family, not even considered middle class. In fact, we have seven kids and three of them have special needs, one of which is my youngest who is speech delayed and has autism who also need to go into surgery because of an inborn lump that keeps getting bigger everyday.

    I chose to post it here and not in facebook or twitter for personal reasons. Though some of my co workers know about what happened, my kids and I chose not broadcast it. My husband was greatly affected simply because there were pictures that he needed for his current project and there is a possibility that he might loose this one which he cannot afford considering the slack of projects and clients that he has been getting.

    I hope you could join in me praying that everything will turn out for the best at the end of the day. Though the ones that we have lost are just gadgets it was the memories and the hard work that went with it that make us want to have them back especially the ipad which my autistic son enjoyed using because of its ease each time he wants to listen to the videos of Nick Jr on youtube.

    More power to your blog and blessings to you and your family.

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    1. Oh no! Okay, let's pray for God's provision for your family, for sustenance, for Him to bless the work of your and your husband's hands, for peace whether or not the items are returned to you, and for rest so that the cares of this world will not weigh on your shoulders so much that you become sad, tired and distracted. =)

      Let's also ask for a better camera (Olympus is much better, I think!) and a new iPad! =D

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  3. I read your post at the right moment and right time in my life! Though I know God KNOWS what I need and when I need it.. I guess you're right.. God wants us to believe in Him without hesitation. And know that only He will suffice. Love it! Thanks Frances!

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  4. Wow so timely! Thank you for this post. Been having some personal struggles and now I am reminded to ask...and be specific.

    Thank you thank you!!

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  5. Hi Frances! Again, a very nice post from you. Alam mo, what you just said is very true, that's why nga my favorite prayer talaga was "God, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the words and I shall be healed." And you know, I shouldn't say this but it's kinda weird din how it works. I remember since I was single ang prayer ko lang talaga is for me and my future husband to be able to provide for the best education for my kids. And in our place in the world, the only way to do that was to get employed by government organizations who provide for free tuition fees. For years super apply ako. Through the years naman din, I got accepted 3 times. But then foolish as I am, I thought I can plan my life better than Him, so I turned down those opportunities, thinking I can do better on my own. You know what God did, he just took away everything from me. Things I thought that were more important. Just like that, he took them away, ang bilis! And when my hands are empty, that's when he gave us the blessings tenfold! Parang feel ko sinasabi N'ya sa kin, "Ang kulit mo! Ito nga ang para sa'yo!". Yes, now I'm employed by my dream organization, doing the work that I love and getting the free tuition fees for my 3 girls in one of the best schools in the country! Ang galing!
    And you said, we have to know who God is too us? I talk about God that way, like a real person. It's because for me, God is my best friend. When everyone else had turned away, he just stays there, waiting for you to turn around. :)

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    1. Haha, I so knoooow what you mean about God taking away things! =)

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  6. This is such a nice post. :)
    You know, Matthew 6:26 was the first verse that spoke to me. Back in college, I was deeply worried about something that--looking back--was trivial. It had been a long time then when I last opened my Bible and I just heard God speak to me so loudly and so clearly.

    I'm so glad you are using your blog to talk about the Gospel :)

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    1. I should do that more often actually. I really consciously didn't before because I felt it was too serious. But, hey, my faith is a big part of me and I should share that, too!

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  7. So true. And I believe that when we open our hearts to the Lord, He will know what we truly want and need. Knowing how to respond and take in whatever is given us also helps us develop a grateful attitude. =)

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  8. Hi Frances, I super like and agree on this post. This is so true. :) My late auntie (she died on breast cancer 3 years ago) told me about this specific prayer thing when I was pregnant 5 years ago. Every night before bedtime, I will pray for my son’s health, his nose from my father in-law (matangos eh!), lips from my husband, eyes from my father (singkit because I have big eyes), intelligence like King Solomon (I said, kahit 1/4), etc. when I gave birth to him, I was so amazed that everything I requested to Him was granted. My son is so perfect. :) But this is the catch, my son eyes was singkit on his 1st week but become bigger (like mine) when he got older. I always consider my big eyes as my weakness because yun ang tukso sa kin ng mga kalaro ko when I was a kid (“angie malaki ang mata”). But when God copied my big brown eyes to my son, that’s the time I realize that my eyes pala is not bad, not my weakness. :)

    Specific prayer is very effective. It made His job easier, I guess, hehehe!. But at the end of the day, He's still the one who will approve what’s best for us. :)

    More blessings to you and to your family! Hope to meet you soon in person.

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  9. Hi Frances!

    Oh my, your post is so timely. Bakit kaya I can super super relate to your posts? Chaka most of them come during times that I need "wisdom & advice". God & the universe really seems to be talking to me. Hehe! I read your email & replied na, haha sorry excited!

    But yes i too have noticed that when i ask especially when its not for selfish, evil, malicious or greedy reasons that God really gives. The only thing God hasnt granted (yet) are 2 things, a good yaya for my son and millions & millions of pesos in the bank (enough for me & husband to stop working!) hahaha!

    I hope to meet you soon Frances, kisses to your sons!

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  10. Hi Mommy Frances!

    You are very pretty despite having 2 kids already! You inspire me. I certainly agree on this post of yours. I also entered a blog giveaway, and I prayed very hard for it. Then luckily, being not lucky in raffle draws, I won a pair of eye/reading glasses. I prayed to God that I'd like to win that giveaway because I need a pair of glasses since I am far sighted. My last pair broke way back 2004 and since then I haven't bought one for me due to some financial reasons/budgeting that there are more important things I prioritized spending than my pair of reading glasses. I am just so happy that God answered the needs of my heart.

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