DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, He will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
This is exactly what the poor widow did who only had a small jar of oil in her house. She approached the Prophet Elisha crying out to him about her dilemma. Her husband who was from the company of prophets and who revered God died leaving a great debt and his creditor wanted to take her two sons into slavery. In those days, in order to pay off your debt, you could have sold your children into slavery. Elisha had compassion on her and asked her, “ what do you have in your house?”
In 2 Kings 4:3-7, he told her: “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” 5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
The Scripture teaches us that we must ask for what we need. Could you imagine if this widow did not ask Elisha for help what would have happened to her and her two sons? Sometimes we have to swallow our pride and do what is in our best interest in times of need. We can ask God for help, we can ask neighbors and we can friends or family. Asking strangers or neighbors to help to satisfy our needs is never an easy undertaking. Jesus said, whatever you ask in His name, that He will do and whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have the faith. When you pray, God will lead you to right person to bless you.
The widow was sent to go around and ask all her neighbors for empty jars. She was not sent to ask a few or some neighbors, but all. The thought of this might have seemed hard for her to do, but by faith, she obeyed and she received her just reward. All the jars she received, she filled with oil and was able to sell them to pay her debt and to live comfortably. 1 John 5:14 tells us, this is the confidence we have toward the Lord, that if we ask anything according to His will, He will hear us. God showed His love and compassion by providing for the widow and her sons.
When we remain faithful to God, He takes care of our needs. We may have to struggle for a little while, but through prayer, obedience and faith, God is sure to meet us at our every point of need. He Promises to restore to us “the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.”
We serve a miracle working God who can turn water into wine, who can feed 5 000 men with five barley loaves and two small fish and who can raise the dead. There is nothing too hard for God to do. God is able to do immeasurable more than we can ask or imagine.
Today, you may be in need of finances, you may be in need of a job or you may be in need of a car, God wants to reassure you that He will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory. He said, ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you. Sometimes, we like to tell God how we want Him to come through for us. But God is God. Let Him be transparent, let Him work His will out for your life, let Him bring the increase in His time.
Jesus says He will never leave us or forsake us. We are to cast all our cares upon Him for He cares for us. I encourage us to be faithful to God and live in obedience to His Word. If you seek Him, you will find Him. And if you know that He hears you in whatever you ask, you know that you have the requests that you have asked of Him. Amen.