“It is not a hard thing to believe that Christ’s blood was sufficient to purchase every blessing for me. If I go to God’s treasury without Christ, I am afraid to ask for anything, but when Christ is with me, I can then ask for everything. For sure I think he deserves it though I do not. If I claim his merits, then I am not afraid to plead. Is perfection too great a boon for God to give to Christ? Oh, no. Is the keeping, the stability, the preservation of the blood-bought ones too great a reward for the terrible agonies and sufferings of the Saviour? I trow not. Then we may with confidence plead, because everything comes through Christ. I would, in concluding, make this remark. I wish, my brothers and sisters, that during this year you may live nearer to Christ than you have ever done before. Depend upon it, it is when we think much of Christ, that we think little of ourselves, little of our troubles, and little of the doubts and tears that surround us. Begin from this day, and may God help you. Never let a single day pass over your head without a visit to the garden of Gethsemane, and the cross on Calvary.”- Charles Spurgeon, A New Year’s Benediction.
I am usually very timid in my prayers. I come before the Lord, burdened and overwhelmed by various sins, numerous struggles, and many doubts. I ask meekly, “Lord, please, if you can…” Have i forgotten Christ? Have i forgotten the riches i possess in Him? Have i forgotten His promise, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him?” (Matt. 7:7-11). The blank check, if it can be deemed that, is a tricky one. I hardly think Lamborghinis, piles of crisp dollar bills, and perfect health suffice for the best. That is like asking our King for a shanty when He is capable of giving a mansion. What is the best? It is surely Christ, and the things that flow from Him. Assurance, perfection, faith, endurance, strength, hope, love. Are we doubting in God’s promises? We can boldly ask for assurance, for Christ has purchased assurance for us. Are we overwhelmed with sin? We can boldly ask for perfection, for Christ has purchased perfection for us. Are we easily swayed by the voices of the world? We can boldly ask for faith, for Christ has purchased faith or us. Are we struggling to keep going? We can boldly ask for endurance, for He has purchased endurance for us. The same goes for strength, for hope, and for love. And these things are not exhaustive of the riches we possess in Christ, but they are certainly a start. He has promised Christians all these things, eventually. So what, when we don’t receive them? I pray that we would not forget, then, that the greatest jewel we possess is Christ, Himself. So we must pray, most of all, that we would love and treasure Jesus, no matter what situation, no matter what sin, no matter what the moment brings. So is it wrong to pray for good health? Certainly not. For Christ is devoid of illness. Is it wrong to pray for a vacation? Absolutely not. For Christ is more relaxing and more rejuvenating that any week at the beach. But let us pray boldly and fervently for the things that would help us treasure Christ more, for surely Christ is the greatest treasure. And isn’t it beautiful that Jesus uses the example of someone asking for bread from the Father? Jesus calls Himself the bread of life (John 6:35). So we can count on our Father, because He is good. He has given us Christ, and with Jesus, He will give us all things to better worship, treasure, and adore Him all the more.