Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mormon 9:19-21 -- On Asking for Miracles

"And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.
And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust.
Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth."
Mormon 9:19-21

That last verse is powerful.  Basically, whatever we ask, we get, if we ask in the name of Christ.  I am sure that last part means that it also has to be Christ's will, which actually makes it better in a lot of ways.  Then we know that we can't unknowingly ask for something horribly destructive or evil like all those people do in the stories when they get the "monkey's paw" type of wishes. :)
Other verses in the scriptures tell us this same thing... that with God, we get what we ask for.  He's our father, and he wants to give us good things.  I think that we forget this often though, or lose faith in it.  We side with the unbelievers, at least partially, in thinking that God is no longer a God of miracles, or that he won't help us for whatever reason.  But instead of giving up, maybe we should get back on track.  Maybe we should work on our relationship with God, so we *know* in whom we trust... and remember the times when he has helped us in the past.  No situation is ever hopeless.  We're never so lost that God can't find us.  And the closer we get to God, and the less we doubt that relationship, the better things will get, because we'll be happier closer to the spirit, but also because we'll know better what to ask for, and how much God *wants* to give.  With practice, we'll lose our doubts, and then a whole world of possibility will flow to us as we work to do God's will.

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