Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ask, and keep on asking, and it shall be given unto you.

6 And Jeremiah said, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 7 ‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you, saying, “Buy my field which is in Anathoth, for the right of redemption is yours to buy it.” ’ 8 Then Hanamel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the Lord, and said to me, ‘Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin; for the right of inheritance is yours, and the redemption yours; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord. 9 So I bought the field from Hanamel, the son of my uncle who was in Anathoth, and weighed out to him the money—seventeen shekels of silver. 10 And I signed the deed and sealed it, took witnesses, and weighed the money on the scales. 11 So I took the purchase deed, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open; 12 and I gave the purchase deed to Baruch the son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel my uncle’s son, and in the presence of the witnesses who signed the purchase deed, before all the Jews who sat in the court of the prison. 13 “Then I charged Baruch before them, saying, 14 ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Take these deeds, both this purchase deed which is sealed and this deed which is open, and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may last many days.” 15 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.” ’ (Jeremiah 32:6-15)

Anathoth
means: 'answers to prayer.' The word comes from several roots which mean: 'to show or experience prosperity, to make prosperous, bring to successful issue, cause to prosper, be prosperous, have success, be successful.'

God gives us the hope of prosperity to sustain us in the times of deprivation and reversal. The object of our life is not prosperity; the object of our life is the glory of the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, Jesus did teach us to pray: "... give us this day our daily bread..." so we do have permission to ask of God for material blessing and prosperity.

Today I ask of the Lord for my own land and a house that can be called my home. I will not lust after it, but simply wait on the Lord for His provision. Amen!