This movie requires Flash Player 8. Download Flash Player 8

© 2021ApologeticsPress
(800) 234-8558
syndication   |  About AP   |  Sign up for E-mail Newsletter    |    Privacy Policy    |    Contact Us
Issue Features
View this issue online as it looks in print
Discovery Magazine 7/1/2000

My Desire is to have a Horse, but How do I Know it That is God's Desire for Me?

by  Digger Doug

Dear Leigha,

Some people might want a new Sony PlayStation. Other people may want a very rare Pokémon card. And some of us (like me) just want a shiny new shovel that will dig faster than our old one. But every one of us wants something. How do we know if it is God's will for us to get what we want?

The first thing we should do is ask God for the things we want. In Matthew 7:7, Jesus said: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door shall be opened to you." If we truly desire something, the first thing we must do is ask God for it.

However, you and I both know that we do not always get everything we ask for. Why not? One reason is that sometimes we do not put God first in our lives. Jesus told us to "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteous­ ness, and all these things shall be added to you" (Matthew 6:33). We must put God first in our lives if we expect Him to answer our prayers.

Another reason we don't always get what we request is because we sometimes ask out of selfish reasons. In James 4:3 we read: ''You ask and do not r eceive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures." Be­ fore we ask God for anything, we should ask ourselves what we are going to do with the things God gives us. Will we share with others, or will we be stingy and keep them to our­ selves?

Finally, sometimes we put God first, and we ask intending to share with others, but we still do not receive what we want, because God knows what is best for us. The apostle Paul had a serious physical problem of some kind. He asked God three times to fix his problem, but God never did (2 Corinthians 12:7-9). God said it was best for Paul not to be healed. God knew what was best, even though Paul may not have understood it at the time.

So if you want something from God, put Him first in your life, put others' needs before your own, and keep asking Him. If it is best for you, then God will give you what you desire.

Copyright © 2000 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

*Please keep in mind that Discovery articles are written for 3rd-6th graders.

This document may be copied, on the condition that it will not be republished in print unless otherwise stated below, and will not be used for any commercial purpose, as long as the following stipulations are observed: (1) Apologetics Press must be designated as the original publisher; (2) the specific Apologetics Press Web site URL must be noted; (3) any references, footnotes, or endnotes that accompany the article must be included with any written reproduction of the article; (4) textual alterations of any kind are strictly forbidden; (5) Some illustrations (e.g., photographs, charts, graphics, etc.) are not the intellectual property of Apologetics Press and as such cannot be reproduced from our site without consent from the person or organization that maintains those intellectual rights; (6) serialization of written material (e.g., running an article in several parts) is permitted, as long as the whole of the material is made available, without editing, in a reasonable length of time; (7) articles, excepting brief quotations, may not be offered for sale or included in items offered for sale; and (8) articles may be reproduced in electronic form for posting on Web sites pending they are not edited or altered from their original written content and that credit is given to Apologetics Press, including the web location from which the articles were taken. Further, documents may not be copied without source statements (title, author, journal title), and the address of the publisher and owner of rights, as listed below.

For catalog, samples, or further information, contact:

Apologetics Press
230 Landmark Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
Phone (334) 272-8558

Web Store

Defending the Faith Study Bible

We are very excited to announce the NEW AP Defending the Faith Study Bible now available.

Featured Audio


Click the following link to visit our Multimedia section.

Featured Audio