In today’s church community we often hear phrases like “Name it and claim it.” While these affirmations give us a sense of control and peace, we have to question if they are indeed biblical or nonsensical. Do we have the ability to speak things into existence at our will? We draw from verses like the power of life and death is in the tongue and anything that you bind or loose on earth will be bound or loosed in heaven.
Have you ever been in a situation where you claimed something and had high expectations for it to come to pass, but it didn’t? We have to understand that we cannot bend the will of God. While I do endorse the fact that we can speak life into dead situations, there must be the acknowledgment of the “if” factor.
When we lay claim to something, we must consider that it’s manifestation is contingent upon if it’s the Lord’s will and not ours. What if you ask God for something in prayer and He says no? Will you still trust Him and praise Him the same? I think about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as they stood bravely before the fiery furnace. They knew that the consequences for not bowing to the image would result in death, yet they were willing to stand on the foundation of their belief in one God even if it cost them their lives.
Daniel 3:17-18 reads: “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”
The fact that they knew that God was able to deliver them displayed their faith. The true power was displayed when they stated even if God didn’t deliver them, they still wouldn’t bow. This shows that their faith wasn’t based on what God could do for them but for who He was.
So I ask, what if God says no to that prayer you submitted for a better job? What if God says not yet to that request for increase? If God doesn’t heal you from that infirmity, will you still serve Him? We don’t bend the will of God, we submit to it. It is time that we start operating in an “even if you don’t” type of faith. This is faith that is not based on what God can do, but for what He has already done on the cross.
There are times when we claim things that we have prayed for based on the scripture that states that anything we ask God for, He will do, yet we forget to consider that it’s based on His will and not ours.
1 John 5:14 reads: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”
So when God says “No” or, “Not yet,” trust that there is a “Yes” waiting around the corner that makes it all worth waiting for.