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Name it and claim it dilemma

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Michael Thacker

Name it and claim it and it shall be yours is a popular phrase among the prosperity churches, but is it truth? “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13). Many pastors and teachers now days have been claiming this as truth and at the same time causing confusion and tension among many churches and Christians alike. We are to be the body of Christ and a union of fellowship, glorifying and pleasing the Lord to the utmost. Taking a closer look at certain verses will help clear up certain misinterpreted theologies.

John 14:13 as stated above is one of the verses that many of the prosperity gurus use to exclaim their theology as truth, but are they exclaiming the whole truth? The apostle John wrote the gospel of John as well as the three letters of John and Revelations. In first John he goes a little deeper into the saying of Jesus to help clarify the asking and receiving issue, “And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandment’s and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” (1 John 3:22). Ask and receive, but the last part is crucial as it states “because we keep His commandment’s and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”

With this in mind, do you think the new corvette is pleasing in His sight or helping someone He brought to you to help? Now I’m not saying that you can’t reward yourself from time to time, but praying over a corvette to receive it for your own pleasure and lust is what Jesus meant from this? I think not. Looking at the book of James will help clarify this evening more, “You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do no ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (James 4:2,3). James shows us that we may ask and receive as long as it is in the will of God, not because we want it and unfortunately this type of doctrine is taught around the world and one of the most popular ministries out there.

Just as Jesus said before going to the cross as He prayed to the Father in the garden of Gethsemane, “Not my will, but yours be done.” We are to imitate Christ and ask the same thing when we pray, “not our will, but yours be done, that we may glorify you alone to the utmost.” The Lord cares and loves us and will provide us with what we need and more in due time as we patiently wait upon Him in faith and obedience. “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13).

We are His children and as His children He wants to bless us and lead us to still waters. All He wants is for His children to trust Him and lean on Him for all things with the knowing that He will provide and protect, “Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it.” (Jeremiah 33:9). We should name it, but allow God to choose whether He wants to claim it for us or not, as He does all things not too harm us, but to protect us and lead us closer to Him. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11).