December 13, 2020 by Kgalalelo
I recently found a Christmas letter that my youngest daughter had written to ‘Santa Claus’ three years ago when she was seven years old. This was before she found out from her older sister that mommy was actually Santa Claus and had been ever since they were very little. I was Santa Claus and the tooth mouse at the same time until that cover was also blown by the big sister when she was ten years old. My children are now ten and thirteen years old and I don’t have to play fairy anymore. I have been busted.
Nowadays, they only have to tell me what they want for Christmas and we work from there and as for losing their teeth, they also tell me, and I give them money for each tooth lost. I mean, this is how we grew up, you lose a tooth, you get money in your shoe the next morning and I’ve carried that tradition until my eldest daughter figured it out and spilled the beans.
The letter that I found, had three pictures drawn on it, one of a microphone, a torch and a guitar and I made all those dreams come true with the toy replicas of everything. At seven, my daughter was the happiest little girl on Christmas day. I took the letter out from where I had found it in the drawer where I keep my gratitude journals and placed it on the pedestal in my room next to my night lamp.
The intention was to place it inside my daughter’s journal for her childhood memories. I’m doing my bit to keep their childhood memories for them the best way I can, something I wish could have been done for me when I was little. I can’t remember much about my childhood, what I did when I was young or the kind of child I was. My dad told me recently that I was a good child when I asked him and that is good enough for me.
Most people don’t remember much as well, but with a little help from the parents or guardians, we can salvage a few good memories. So, I’m doing this for my children, every milestone that they achieve, I record it and when they are twenty one, I plan to give them their journals with mementos that they may remember their own childhood, the bit that I can write and save.
My daughter saw this orange, handcrafted envelope, stapled on the edges on each side and sitting on the pedestal and asked what was in there. I told her that it was the letter that she had written to Santa Claus when she was little and she asked if she could open to see what she had asked for and I agreed. When she saw the images, she immediately said that she remembered that she only received the torch but couldn’t remember the microphone and the toy guitar and I reminded her that she did.
As she recollected, she ran to her bedroom to fetch the microphone to show me that she still had it but the guitar had since broken and we threw it away. Then she said, “I should have mentioned that I wanted the real ones”. I instantly had revelation that God as our Father, wants us to be specific when we ask of Him.
We know that we can pray and ask Him for stuff, for the bible says in Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”. We have a covenant with God and we know that His promises are Yes and Amen in Christ (“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God” - 2 Corinthians 1:20). However, what we hardly do is to be specific with our requirements, meaning, how we want it, is the key.
I read the book by David Yonggi Cho years ago called, The Fourth Dimension and in it he also mentions that he once asked God for a bicycle and God asked Him what kind of a bicycle because there were many brands in the market. In my mind because my daughter was just a little girl who loved toys, I got her a real torch for some reason which she used whenever she wanted to escape and play in her closet. She would take a blanket, close the wardrobe from the inside and sit in there with her torch on and play. It was some form of camping for her.
As for the microphone and the guitar, though they worked perfectly well as she could play the melody with the guitar and speak through the microphone that echoed, they were not the real thing. She lost the guitar and it probably went with the garbage and the microphone doesn’t work anymore. If only she had specified on her letter to Santa Claus what she actually meant, mother Santa could have made a plan. If you don’t ask properly, you don’t receive what you truly want.
I’ve heard many people say that they don’t want to limit God, so whatever He sends would be the right thing. I believe that as much as we can’t limit Him, and there is no way we can even if we wanted to, for God is omniscient and omnipotent, we still have to be specific with our prayers. If you trust God for a car, tell God what kind of a car you want. You could be aiming for a model of your choice and God might grant you something else.
God is inexhaustible and Jesus precisely says in Matthew 19:26, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." The key word is “All” and not some of the things. People might try to convince you otherwise but I take God at His Word and all is literally all. There are times when you need not listen to people’s interpretation, as these can bring doubt in your mind, when you have the revelation that “all” means exactly that, run with it and don’t let anyone deter you.
In fact, keep it to yourself and keep on believing so that you don’t lose focus. Always remember what Jesus says in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”. God wants us to enjoy the fullness of His blessing and we are resisting most of the time. We use our intellect and reason things out. If God wants to give you a private jet and that is what you are trusting him for, believe that you can have it and that it is possible only with Him.
There’s no person who can do what God can do and the only thing that people can do with their limited thinking is to cast doubt at your dreams because they can’t see it happening, but God does. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Begin with Him and end with Him and Romans 4:17 says that He calls those things that are not as though they were. Trust in the Word of God and claim all the promises for yourself.
It is everyone’s responsibility to confess the promises for themselves. If you believe in God and you have received Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour, what He has you have. You are the co-heir with Christ. When God sees you, He sees Christ Jesus for we have been reconciled to Him. We are One with the Father. We have been redeemed from the curse of the law.
God says in Isaiah 55:10-12, “For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return without watering the earth, making it bud and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so My word that proceeds from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and it will prosper where I send it”. We have become complacent and sometimes think that we know the Word of God and yet, do not practice it as Jesus commanded.
He says, in Matthew 7:24-27, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
There is a price to pay for complacency and it is called lack. I once had a conversation with two young ladies who wanted to get married and were trusting God for godly husbands but time was passing and yet husbands weren’t coming along. I tried to encourage them in the Word and quoted scripture and when I was half way through they jumped in and completed my sentence and started laughing. I knew right there and then, that they were not ready to receive. They had the understanding and knowledge of scripture but not the revelation and so, didn’t hear what I was telling them.
This happened three years ago and they are still seeking. When you hear the Word of encouragement because you have asked for support, listen. Jesus says “Whoever has ears, let them hear” (Matthew 11:15). He went around teaching the good news and some heard him and others decided not to. It was their choice and therefore did not receive what they could have, from Jesus. He doesn’t force anybody to listen to Him, so those who were ready and prepared to do what He said, received from Him.
On this day, learn to ask God for what you want and be specific, don’t be shy or think that you are asking for too much or are being ridiculous. It is your Father’s delight after all to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32). Refuse to listen to negativity or “buts” from people, when you have the Word and the revelation thereof, run with it and keep quiet. Those around you will see the manifestation of your desires and they will ask you how did you do it and then you can tell them that with God all things are possible and there is no need to add any “but” to it.
There are many scriptures with “but”, which changes the sentence from what was said in the beginning, however, it is not every scriptures that is written in that way. So, read the Word for yourself and ask God to reveal it to you. Many people are still struggling to see their dreams come into fruition but the words of their mouths are saying something different. They are happy to settle with less because they feel uncomfortable to ask God for more. It is your discomfort that could get you stuck for years.
Free yourself and ask God and if He decides to give you something else, then it probably is for your own good. Everything that God does is good. He can even give you better than you have asked as written in Ephesians 3:20 that says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”.
If you seek marriage, describe to God your ideal partner and he will “panel-beat” where necessary, he’ll remove this and add that, polish here and there. He is God after all and can do all things. Always ask though, for a godly man or woman, then add from there. If you want a rocking chair, ask for one, don’t just ask for a chair whereas you know the intention is to rock the baby to sleep. It is better to ask for what you want and when God gives you something comparable, it is always for your highest good, remember that.
God knows everyone one of us intricately. He knows our weaknesses and strengths. Psalm 139:3 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb”. You might have asked God for a baby girl and he gives you a boy and vice versa. Know in every case that He knows the highest reason and you could be suited for girls and not boys, according to His purpose for your life or the child’s life. He plants babies in the right families to achieve His plan for all. So rejoice and go ahead by being specific in your requests and watch as God grants.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart” Psalm 47:4
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