Kings – Ask and Keep on Asking
May 31, 2005
Kings –Ask and Keep on Asking
God is moving Kings from a place of feeling rejected (by both men and God) to a place of feeling chosen. One of the great ways God is moving men and women from the discard pile to the starting line-up is through answered prayer.
One camp is receiving, or about to receive, great breakthroughs and they know it. Another camp is too discouraged to pray and their heart sounds like Habakkuk.
2 How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?
3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. 4 Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted. Hab 1:2-4
Here is the Lord’s answer that we can sense in our hearts for this hour.
“Look at the nations and watch – and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. Hab 1:5
– Although I’m prone to miss the little things that God does to remind us that he is faithful, I’m trying to get better at watching for his cues. This weekend our youngest son, Ben (20), was home. We’re empty nesters so it always good to have kids show up. He stayed up all night to leave for a cattle roundup at 3AM. We got home late in the afternoon and he took a nap. I went in to wake him for no really good reason. I noticed sweat on his forehead while he was sleeping and just watched him for a moment. The area above his brow was sprinkled with tiny, sparkling, golden specs. My first thought was that he must be wearing some kind of new make-up that he wasn’t telling me about… my second thought was that it had rubbed off from some girl he was dating… third thought (we’re not all that speedy around here) was that it was an angelic “dusting” and the Lord was showing me another sign. Ben’s in marketing in Seattle and plans to go to UNLV this fall. The next morning I went in again to wake him (and check for the gold dust). This time all was normal so when he woke up I shared what I’d seen the afternoon before and simply prayed – declaring God’s prosperity, generosity and ministry on his life. He’s not up on the gold dust thing – and I’m not either for that matter. But, I am fully expecting to be utterly amazed by the goodness of God.
– When we Kings take the time to prophetically hear the voice of God we’ll always move from Habakkuk 1:2-4 to verse 5. Now the consequence of being aware of the magnitude of God’s plan… his choosing and election on our lives… the open door to prosperity… and the opportunity to convert money into ministry… it’s all pretty exciting. Even if our ship hasn’t come in (literally) I’m still seeing something in the Spirit that my heart can’t deny and I can’t help but be excited… and I experience another verse from Habakkuk:
Yet I will wait patiently… 17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Hab 3:16-18
Why joy on the inside
when there is no answer on the outside? Faith doesn’t just believe. It’s the prophetic assurance that the answer is there. We possess the “substance” of something that is about to materialize and we have “evidence” of something we can’t see (Heb 11:1). It thrills our hearts and gives us a logical and spiritual basis to keep on asking. I have to discipline myself to “ask” because the reality of the nearness of the answer is so close it feels like it’s already here.
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matt 7:7-11
Ask for your heart’s desire. And, ask for the manifestation of what God has already shown that belongs to you.
And, if you’ve already asked, ask again.
John & Harold
PS: if you enjoyed this article your might also like “Six Ways to Find Your Heart’s Desire.” The full story is in our book Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace, particularly chapter 7, “Who is God?”
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Progress – Kingly Bio’s are Up
We’ve completed the first round of interviews with Kings. These are real people that have been blessed by God in the Market Place and have hearts for ministry. Check it out at http://www.releasing-kings.com/Interviewing-Kings.html. If you have a success story, we’d like to post it by giving you a web page on our site.
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PS: don’t forget to look at the free reports – show your pastor the article on marketplace ministry from the pastor’s perspective. You can simply email him this link or print a copy to give him. http://releasing-kings.com/pastors-perspective.html