If You Ask…

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” – Matthew 21:21-22. 

I no longer remember their names but I remember their story. I remember their testimony of faith. It has been thirteen years (in 1999) or more now but I remember when a new client and his wife reported for intake while I was a parole officer. They were so happy! That in itself was unusual in my business. They were so excited they couldn’t keep from sharing what God had done for them. 

It seems the husband had been sitting in the county jail for some time awaiting trial. Meanwhile things were growing more and more desperate for his wife and three little kids. The electricity was turned off. They had used all their money and almost all their food. That was when they began to pray. The husband by himself was praying to receive Christ as His Savior. Praying for God to somehow release him from jail and help his family. His wife was praying as well. 

It seemed hopeless the trial date was weeks away but suddenly they came for him and during a brief hearing bail was reduced. He was released. Meanwhile a neighbor had found out about my client’s family. The electricity was turned back on, and food was provided for them. Their lives were forever changed. They knew that only God could have done what had happened in their lives. They knew it was because they had asked. Because they asked their mountain had been moved and cast into the sea. 

Have you asked? 

(This devotional has been updated and was originally written and sent on 01.13.1999.)

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