The Power of Asking

Bible Reading: Isaiah 53:10-12

We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

Most of us probably feel that since we don't really have a great relationship with God, we don't really have the grounds to expect him to remove our shortcomings. We may still see ourselves in a negative light. We may wonder why in the world God would do this for us.

Here's why: "it was the Lord's good plan to crush him [Jesus] and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord's good plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins" (Isaiah 53:10-11). The apostle Paul said, "For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God's children" (Romans 8:16).

We can expect God to remove our shortcomings because of all Jesus went through to make us righteous. Upon receiving Christ, we become children of God and heirs to many privileges. If we don't have this affirmed as "his Spirit joins with our spirit," perhaps we should consider whether we've accepted God's gift of forgiveness (see John 1:12). We may not feel like children of God, especially after a fall, but we can be sure that his promises are true. He offers new life and the removal of shortcomings to everyone willing to accept his offer.

The removal of our shortcomings is God's work alone—we only need to ask.