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Filling My Jars…

By Christian Womanmag

When I order two drinks in a drive thru, I expect to be handed two drinks when I pull up to the window to be served.  If the person serving me only hands me one drink I would quickly remind them that I had ordered two.  My point is that we expect to receive what we ask for.  Now think about your prayer life.  Are you receiving what you ask for?  When you pray, do you ask God for small things or big things?  God says in John 14:14, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” God never lies to you. Maybe the reason you are receiving only small blessings is because that is what you continue to ask for when you pray.

In 2 Kings the fourth chapter, we read a story of a widow who is in debt and has no money of her own.  We see her crying out to the prophet Elisha saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” Elisha finds out that the woman has only one small jar of oil, which in that time was all she had of value.  He instructed the widow to go and ask all her neighbors for as many empty jars as she could possibly collect.  When she returned Elisha told her to begin to fill all the jars with the one she already had.  When she finished pouring, all the jars were filled with oil!  Elisha then said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.” Wow!  Do you see what happened?  She received all that she prepared for.  We do not know how many jars she collected but what we do know is that each one she borrowed was filled.  If she had brought back 5 or 25 they would have all been filled.  God gives us what we ask for and what we honestly expect Him to do.

God says to us today, “I’m going to fill you with blessings.” But we hand him a little cup instead of showing him where the nearest empty lake is.  Do you want a cup full or a lake full of God’s blessings in your life?  Do you want to sip on His blessings or swim in them?  In that case, give me a pair of goggles and some floaties! I’m ready to dive in.

It starts with having an intimate relationship with the Lord. This is a relationship where you share your heart with God.  You tell Him your biggest and craziest dreams and the deepest desires of your heart.  God wants you to make room for His blessings.  Stop saying and believing negative things like, “No one in my family has ever been successful.  I will never be able to afford an education.  I will never find someone to marry.  I will never have a job that I love.  I will never pay my bills and have enough to bless others. I will never be healed.”  Those thoughts are from the enemy!  Satan wants you to believe that you are stuck where you are now.  These are all lies of the enemy!

All it takes to change your life is one touch from the Savior!  He made us to lend and not to borrow.  He made us to prosper and not fail.  He made us to be joyful and not full of sorrow.  He made us to enjoy life and not dread the next day.  We must honor God with our lives, believe in our dreams and take the limits off of what He can do!  Dare to believe in what God has planned for your future.  You have to believe it before you see it.  Look what the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”  The Bible says that God is able to bless you without limits at all times in every single thing you do.  That is so awesome!

So, the question remains.  Are you bringing a few jars to the Lord for Him to fill or are you bringing so many that you can’t even carry them all in one trip? The way in which God blesses us is totally up to you and me.  My prayer is that I am so blessed that I can be a blessing to others.  So when I find myself in God’s “drive thru” and He asks, “How can I help you, child?” I will respond by ordering my biggest dreams and the secret desires of my heart!

By Jessica Daly | Freelance writer