Not Give Me, but Make Me

by Helen Lescheid

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

I’ve had it with God’s promises,” a friend said. “I’ve asked Him for help numerous times and all He ever does is promise. I want Him to do something.”

Like what?”

Heal my body. Supply my financial needs. Restore a broken relationship“.

Can you relate? I sure can. Often I’ve asked God to meet a specific need. I want Him to do it soon and in a very practical way. Sometimes, He does. But sometimes He doesn’t.

A dear friend helped me get some perspective on this. “Instead of continually asking God to give you something, ask Him to make you into something. For instance, pray,Make me more like Jesus. Make me more compassionate. Make me a woman of faith’.”

When we pray “Give me” we’re treating God as though He exists to serve us. Whereas, when we pray “make me” we acknowledge that He is our God and we want to serve him.

Above all else, God is interested in our eternal welfare. For that reason, He is more interested in our character than in our comfort. To conform us to Christ-like-ness takes time. It also takes adversity. The answers to “give me” are temporal, whereas the answers to “make me” are eternal.

Father, thank you that you love me enough not to give me everything I ask for. Make me into a woman of faith. I want to be more like Jesus.  Amen.

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4 Responses to Not Give Me, but Make Me

  1. Stephen Bernard says:

    “To make me” like is seeking the will of God and His will first and “give me” is the accompaniment that is essential for the existence, God acknowledges and it is expressed in the Prayer of “Our Father..”
    When one increases in the knowledge of God, he will be able to place his needs before God according to His will, because God knows what we need before we could ask Him for it. In my experience, God had provided me many things that I didn’t ask for!!! To His Children He makes nothing less!! Praise the Lord.
    Thank you for this devotional.
    God bless you and keep you.

  2. peter says:

    it’s best to ask for spiritual blessings, they come, the rest happens now and again but I always see physical needs given as a bonus in this life, it stands to reason that if God answered prayers for material or physical or indeed emotional needs every time the world would be full of Christians, mostly praying ones, ha ha, let’s wake up and be realistic,bless you all,

  3. My,my Father thank you for the good plans for the future which are in Jesus Christ.Make me into a man of Faith.Amen

  4. sobhi malas says:

    Father, thank you that you love me enough not to give me everything I ask for. Make me into a woman of faith. I want to be more like Jesus. Amen.

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