John 15:7 says: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.“
Someone less familiar with the bible who reads this might easily take this to mean that God will grant whatever wish he or she wishes. I have heard of Christians who innocently asks the Lord for a miracle or healing and receive from the Lord the answer they prayed for. Is this coincidence or for real. Probably a bit of both.
As a devil’s advocate, I wish to ask: Do we treat God the Father like an earthly father who gives good gifts, or as a genie in a bottle? The bible directs us to approach God like we would approach a good earthly father. For some of us Christians, we might hesitate to do so because it would be wrong to treat God our Father like a genie in a bottle who grants whatever wish we desire, but for many of us Christians, it is also practical and simple approach to understanding God. But for many Christians who do ask but do not receive, I have empathy for them.
As a father myself, my daughter will ask me for this and that, and anything she sees and likes. But as a father who loves my dear daughter, I know that some things would be unhealthy or bad for her. I also don’t want to spoil her.
Our Father God also knows what is good and what is bad for his spiritual children. Wouldn’t God also keep things away from us in order to protect us just like a good earthly father would want to protect his children? I certainly believe He would. We have a Heavenly Father who knows exactly what would be good or bad or unhealthy for us. We would not know it at the time but God knows the future and foresees what would be bad or un- or counter-productive for our lives.
Do you trust our Heavenly Father even if He were to withhold some seemingly good things back from you?