Demand (Webster’s meaning): (1) to ask or call for with authority: claim as due or just. (2) to call urgently, imperiously, or insistently.
We as believers can come boldly to God (Hebrews 4:16) for what is rightfully ours because it is promised to us in the word of God. We are made righteous through faith in Jesus, not because of how good we are, but how good God is and the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus’ Blood!
Manufacturers keep making items that are in high demand with their customers. But, what do we believe God for? Are we being urgent with our requests before God? After asking God, are we thanking Him every day so that we will not get weary or discouraged? Is it possible that demand has not been put on what we believe God for is why it has not manifested yet? There are three examples in the bible I would like to mention to strengthen our faith and encourage us.
Example 1: Luke 11:5-9, the parable of the persistent dealt with a person who ran out of food to give a friend who came out of town to visit him. At midnight, he went to his other friend’s place, asking for loaves of bread. His friend said, “don’t bother me.” “I am in bed along with my children.” However, that did not stop him from asking again. Finally, because of his persistence and boldness, his friend got up and gave him what he asked for. The same is with God; we keep asking until we receive. Keep seeking, and we will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened.
Example 2: Luke 18: The persistent widow dealt with an unjust judge. She kept coming to him demanding justice. Because she stayed persistent, the judge grew tired of her, gave up, and granted her what she asked for. It is the same for those who come to God and cry out to him day and night. He will deliver speedily!
Example 3: Genesis 32 Jacob wrestles with the man/ angel until almost daybreak until he throws his hip out of joint. The man/ angel said, “Let me go!” Jacob said, “I will not let you go until you bless me.” Jacob’s name was changed to Israel because he struggled with God and man, but he still overcame. God blessed him as he requested.
It is just like a child that keeps asking the mom or dad for something. Most children are persistent, and the parents would say, “I have not forgotten.” That is how we should be with our faith. Unless we come as little children, we cannot receive the things of God (Matthew 18:3). My dad’s slang motto: “Stay Wit It, Til You Git It!”
Isaiah 62 came to me one morning. Verses 6-7 NIV: 6 I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, seven and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.
Give God no rest until you have received what is promised!
Make Demand, To Bring into Your Hand!
Prayer: We thank you that we are made righteous through your Son Jesus’ Blood. God, we put a demand on what we believe you for until it is manifested just like a little child. God, we repent for coming to you under condemnation and in a sin-conscious way. If we repent of our sin and trust in your goodness, not our own, there is no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus! We can now come boldly (not with arrogance but with confidence in God) before you with the requests that have been promised to us in your word. We will not let go of you, God, until you bless us! All your promises are yes and amen. Hallelujah, we give you thanks! In Jesus’ name, Amen!