Does God Care About the Needs I Have in My Life?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When I grew up as a boy, I thought my parents were poor because there were ten children in our family. With the exception of birthdays and Christmas, I seldom asked mom or dad for anything because I didn’t want to be a burden. My sister closest in age to me felt just like I did. Neither of us wanted to inconvenience our parents. And so we seldom asked our parents for anything. And you know what we got? Except for Christmas or birthdays, not much! We were a little jealous of our next youngest brother. He asked for everything and we saw that dad give our asking brother much of what he asked for.

I look back at my brother now and realize, he was the smart one. He asked—not because he was more selfish but because he had a better sense of faith in my parents to supply his needs.

Many people have a sense of guilt toward asking God to help supply their needs. They question whether God wants to help them. They question whether He cares. They have no faith in the depth of His love for every detail of their life. They wonder again and again if they should even bother asking!

Many Christians grew up in denominational churches where they were never taught the Bible. They were just taught religious opinions not rooted in truth of scripture. I know that I was taught that God was too busy with billions of people, to care about my needs. I was taught that to ask God for things was selfish and covetous. Years later as a Bible-reading Christian, I discovered the truth. When you have needs and you don’t know where to get help, to NOT seek God for His supernatural help is wrong! James 4:2-3 NIV says, “You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. YOU DO NOT HAVE BECAUSE YOU DO NOT ASK GOD. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” 
66362-phillipians-4-19-copyThere is a difference between needs and lusts and it takes time and discernment to learn which is which. But God will teach you and help you to become discerning. God has give us His Holy Spirit for that very purpose—so that we could learn to discern God’s will and truth from the flesh and the false.  The truth is revealed in Philippians 4:6 NIV says, “Do not be anxious about anything, BUT IN EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. “

Your perspective of what God is willing to help you with might be way too shallow! Many can’t imagine God caring about the detailed needs of their life—but He does! We just read it! “But in everything ask…” God cares about souls being saved and about people being helped in this defiled world. He cares about each and every one of us—especially His children! He is a perfect Father and is personal! And so He teaches us to ask—in faith! Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) reveals, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

I have asked the Lord for so many things over the years. I have done so because when I ask in faith, it is pleasing and honoring to the Lord. He wants us dependent upon Him for everything. Think of all the crazy things kids ask for. As a parent are you offended? Are you offended when they ask for a cookie 30 minutes before dinner? Of course not! Why? Because you know that they will learn and become more discerning in time. It’s simply a part of growing up and maturing. We we do the same thing spiritually. God is not offended when we ask. He is honored! And He’ll teach you how to ask according to His word and will along the way. But He says, in the meantime, “Do not be anxious about anything, BUT IN EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  be anxious for nothingPsalm 84:11 tells us “For the LORD God is our light and protector; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” 

When you ask and you don’t see things happen right away, please keep this in mind. It isn’t because HE is not working on it. Much of what He brings us in life comes through people. God does not usurp people’s will. He has to lead them in their heart to reach out just like He tries to encourage you to do so toward others. Hopefully they will respond. If they don’t, He looks for someone else. Yes He could do a miracle and sometimes does! But He primarily chooses to bring His blessings to us through people. Remember also that He wants to teach you to be a giver as well as a receiver. Actually it all starts with finding ways to give to others. Luke 6:38 says, If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you.”

Do you have a need? Ask in faith believing. Let the Lord teach you. Be patient and be confident that no good thing will he withhold from you. Say it and believe it! And if you can find something to give or sow into another’s life. Plant that seed!

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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18 thoughts on “Does God Care About the Needs I Have in My Life?

  1. I am scared to ask God for help because I do feel selfish doing it – I have many worries – but whenever I start to think of asking God for help, all the people who don’t have a house, a job, a meal, money, or are very sick cross my mind – and although you do say I am hurting ( in my words ) Gods feelings for not asking Him for help, I get this mental block because I know there are people far worse off than me – that being said – Do you feel it’s still ok to ask God to help me ?

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  2. I, too, have stumbled across your blog through Twitter. I have been encouraged by several of your posts. I would really like to hear more and see more on what to do about unanswered prayer. It seems like God answers in some areas of my life but is deaf in other areas. It would help to hear your perspective on this issue.

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  3. Im asking the lord for strength been sick for a long time now. Im asking the lord for help financially been out of work due to my sickness. Asking the lord to heal me both physically and mentally and financially.

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  4. Amazing Pastor Tim. (A biblical quiver full family). I would have never guessed that you came from a family of 10. How many children were in your wife’s family? I had a great aunt that came from a family of ten which is hard for me to imagine because I have one sister. She passed in her 90’s and she never married and always worked until retirement. After retirement she became legally blind so I always helped by reading to her. I always begged my mom for a brother because I wanted someone to protect me since I was the younger one.

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  5. I really enjoyed this post and it has given a small bit of encouragement. How do you deal with being afraid to ask God for things because you feel greedy or that He will say no and break your heart? I’m dealing right now with fear of asking Him to provide some financial aide for me to return to the college I started at before I had to drop out to work, and even though God said yes to what I plan on pursuing while I’m there, it feels too good to be true, like there’s a “catch” to it. I’m afraid that catch might be God making me change universities and I don’t want to get my hopes up. I’m a new Christian (>6 months old) and all of this is overwhelming.

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  6. Thank you SO much for writing this! I was the exact same way as a kid, never asking because I have 5 siblings and was afraid my parents couldn’t handle it, and that somehow spilled over into my relationship with God. It was just recently that I realized that the last time I ever truly asked God for anything was when I was in my early teens (I’m in my late 20’s now). I’m glad I came across this post. And that bible passage you quoted is the same one I keep running across since I’ve come to this realization. Once again, thanks for sharing!

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