Get a higher viewpoint
We are in this world but not of it. Our true and eternal home is in heaven. We are just passing through this journey on earth. So, it’s best to get a higher viewpoint.
What does heaven have to say to me? What does heaven have to say in this or that situation?
What does the Lord think about all that I do? Is the Lord pointing or calling me towards this thing or that?
On one occasion when teaching TWL in Africa, a brother came up to me and said, ‘you are like a giraffe.’ Was this a compliment? He went on, ‘you have your feet on the ground and your head in the heavens,’ A great description of just how we should be in life.
In the heavenly realm is located all truth, and all we need to know – both practically and spiritually. How do I ? - fill in your own question. By asking in prayer, even technical and practical things can be resolved. Instead of struggling with a problem - as we often do for hours, before we give up and pray - why not pray first?
There are trials and problems in all aspects of life – Jesus warned that there would be tribulation in life. James urges us to count it all joy when we experience these difficulties. How can that be? It’s not some sort of ‘grit your teeth and smile!’ No, James knew that every trial was an opportunity for the Lord. James said, if you lack wisdom, don’t know the answer, or don’t know how to proceed – then ask of God, who will give liberally without finding fault. (See James 1:5)
Don’t doubt. God is the God of all hope – the happy expectation of good. Get the higher viewpoint.
This is the higher viewpoint - all we will ever need is fully known in the heavenly realm. God’s kingdom has all the answers we will ever need.
James further advises – ‘You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.’ James4:2-3 Ask and ask right.
‘So I say ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, and to him who knocks it will be opened.’ Luke 11:9. This is Jesus’s instruction and invitation – ask, ask, ask - keep on asking Me things.
When we ask in prayer, we are demonstrating that we know the Lord, that we know His goodness and kindness, and that we expect Him to respond. Indeed, James advises that we may need patience, but nevertheless our answer will come – be patient and have the happy expectation of good while we wait.