“Dear Lord, if it be your will then please give me salvation.”
In all of my years in church I have never heard this prayer. Every denomination that I have ever experienced believes that salvation is a gift from God that is freely given to anyone who asks. The only obligation that a person has is to ASK for that gift.
It is simple.
It is the rest of the promises that we all seem to struggle with receiving. Every other promise that is offered in the book has been given a hitch, catch or an out (call it what you will).
You can be healed – if it is God’s will.
You can be blessed financially – if it is God’s will.
You can have a good marriage – if it is God’s will.
The list could go on. Those five little words get attached to almost every other prayer that is uttered.
My son is separating out clothes for laundry today. Every Thursday morning we do clothes laundry. Every Thursday morning he gets up and sorts his clothes. I wonder what my reaction would be if he walked over to me and said, “mom, if it is your will then I will sort the clothes.” Of course it is my will. We do it every Thursday.
Which brings me back to the prayer life that many of us may stumble into now and again. It is easy to pray something that we may have heard, but God calls us to pray what we know. That is why the salvation prayer is spoken absolutely instead of with a catch. We are taught about the salvation promise, we read and learnd about the salvation promise, and we accept the salvation promise.
It is time to get deeper into the promises of God. I want to know what He desires for my life. He has written down His promises. My job is to get to know Him so well that His promises become a reality in my life and not just a vague possibility.