by Oswald Chambers
Jesus answered and said, ’I thank You, Father . . . that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes’ —Matthew 11:25
We do not grow into a spiritual relationship step by step— we either have a relationship or we do not. God does not continue to cleanse us more and more from sin— “But if we walk in the light,” we are cleansed “from all sin” (1 John 1:7). It is a matter of obedience, and once we obey, the relationship is instantly perfected. But if we turn away from obedience for even one second, darkness and death are immediately at work again.
by Greg Laurie
Have you ever had one of those moments in life in which you asked God, “Why? Why has this happened to me?” Or maybe you have prayed and prayed for something and no answer came. Maybe you have been praying for the will of God to be revealed to you, yet God seems silent.
There is nothing wrong with bringing your requests to God. Clearly, the Bible teaches us that we have not because we ask not (see James 4:2). Jesus himself taught us that we should keep seeking and keep knocking, and then the answer to our prayers will come in his timing.