Four Reasons for Making Request of the Lord
The Bible uses supplication in the following four contexts: supplications, prayer and supplications, prayer and supplication, and prayers and supplications.
“Be careful for nothing; but in [everything] by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).
However, here are four reasons for making supplications to the Lord God.
- If we don’t ask we will not receive;
- Ask before we are in need;
- Petitioning God now ensures receiving later, and
- God desires us to ask of Him.
Supplication – If We Don’t Ask Him We Will Not Receive
One of the first motivation for making supplication to
the Lord God is to ensure that we will be receiving from Him.
In this context, making supplication is a principle, a rule. If we don’t ask God for the “good things” that we need, we will not receive them.
Therefore, Jesus teaches us, “Ask, and it shall be given you” “For every one that asketh receiveth” (Matthew 7:7-8).
Then, he shows how different He is from our earthly fathers.
For he informs us, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:11).
So, whatever good things that you desire of the Lord, ask Him for them now and you will receive them. But, if you never asked Him you will not receive anything from Him.
Speak the Word Now – The Word Went Out For Jesus
For example, let’s see how this principle works for Jesus Christ. Centuries before his natural birth someone petitioned the Lord God on his behalf.
Speaking through King David, the Spirit of Christ made supplication for Jesus Christ. He promised:
“I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee” (Psalms 22:22).
Note how this works. This was David praying. However, he wasn’t making supplication for himself but for Jesus Christ and for a future event.
We know that the Lord heard and answered David’s supplication. Scriptures declared what Jesus said in the verse following.
Asking Before We Are In Need –
He says, “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word” (John 17:6).
It explains that Jesus Christ revealed the name of the Lord God to his Twelve Leaders. His Twelve Apostles.
Even up to today, only those to whom the Holy Ghost has “manifest” the name of the Lord really know it.
Here is another example with Jesus Christ.
Years before his crucifixion, King David, again made a petition to the Lord God concerning his crucifixion and his soul.
The following is the supplication he made to the Lord for Jesus Christ,
“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption” (Psalm 16:10).
Because David asked the Lord for help with these two things concerning Jesus Christ, millennia later, when he needed assistance, the Lord helped him.
A Christian’s Request of God
Apostle Luke explains this in the following Scripture.
“For David speaketh concerning [Jesus says], I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved” (Acts 2:25).
“Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope” (Acts 2:26).
“Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption” (Acts 2:27).
Many Don’t Have Because They Never Asked
“Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not” (James 4:2).
If from pure hearts we make petitions to the Lord for the good things that we desire, we will have them. Consequently, we will not make supplications based on lusts.
So, we observe, because the Spirit of Christ asked the Lord to aid Jesus Christ, He did. If we don’t ask Him we will not receive from Him.
Therefore, as we pray now, we should petition the Lord for the good things that we desire to have later in our lives.
Here’s the final example with the Spirit of Christ asking for the Lord’s assistance for Jesus Christ.
“Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed” (Psalm 6:2).
Again, this was King David making this supplication to God but not for himself, but for Jesus Christ. You may ask, When was Jesus ever weak?
Immediately after his long-fasting Jesus was very weak. Therefore, the Lord had to dispatch two angels to “strengthen” him.
“Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him” (Matthew 4:11; Mark 1:13).
Make Supplications to God Before You Need Him
Again, let’s look at how supplication made for Christ benefit him much later.
Returning to King David, as the Spirit of Christ prays through him, he asked the Lord to assist him long before he needed assistance and the Lord heard and aided him.
“But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me” (Psalm 22:19).
Did the Lord ‘help” him? Yes, He did. First, the Lord dispatched angels to assist Jesus. He was at the end of his long fasting and at the end of his temptation by the Devil. He was very weak from lack of food and drinks.
Therefore, He sends two angels to strengthen him.
Second, listen as he makes prays.
His supplication, “Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog” (Psalm 22:20).
“Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns” (Psalm 22:21).
God Desires us to Make Supplications to Him
The Lord is waiting on us to make supplication to Him while praying. Therefore, Jesus teaches his disciples and us,
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21:22).
Here we have a promise of God. He promised to give us the things we asked Him for in prayer if we believed in Him for them.
Even heathens and unbelievers know that they must make a petition to a god or man if they need him to act for them.
Learn from their conversation below.
“All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions” (Daniel 6:7).
It’s great to possess a desire for something but we must ask God for his intervention before we need it.
Since the Bible uses “supplication(s)” in multiple contexts exercise care when you utilize this word. Don’t use it in a general way but make full use of it using the Bible as your guide.
King David, by the Spirit of Christ Jesus, made supplication to the Lord God for Jesus Christ. He requested assistance for him, long before he needed it, and when he was in need because of David’s petition for him God helped him.
The reason asking God for good things always work: Supplication to Him demonstrates worship of Him.
This is the ultimate posture of a child who knows that his or her Father gives good gifts. And that He always honors His Words.
Additionally, because we are aware that His Word always achieves it’s spoken objective.
Therefore, we should speak the Words of God in prayers and conversations now.
This empowers these Words to supply our good desires later, (Isaiah 55:11).
Supplication to him Now Guarantees Receiving Later
So, making supplications to the Lord now, ensure that He will grant your requests later. Many Christians never receive their hearts’ desires because they never ask.
Other Believers never receive them because they failed to believe their own words in prayer.
Generalization of it will only lead to more confusion and misinformation in the Church of Jesus Christ.
Asking the Lord God for what we need solves our problems. It spiritually and scripturally supplies the Lord with reason to provide us with what we desire of Him in prayer.
Therefore, think about some good things that you desire the Lord God to give you later, but make your petition to Him for them now.
By speaking the words of God now, we are ensuring that they will return and accomplish our good desires later.
What have you made supplication to the Lord for and received it?
So, speak that word now as you make your prayer of supplication to the Lord Jesus!!