Get Your “Ask” in Gear
"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" Matthew 7:11, NKJV
Did you know that God is a good Father? He's more generous than the very best human father we could think of. He gives good things to those who ask!
There is something about "asking" that God likes. The Lord wants us to ask Him for good things! James tells us that "...we have not because we ask not...." Perhaps "asking" puts us in a place of dependence on the Lord, rather than being self-sufficient or presumptuous. When we ask God for something, it's a humble acknowledgment that we are needy and He is our good and benevolent Father – willing to give us the things we desire.
God is not stingy. He’s not a mean judge ready to slap you down for asking for things. He’s a good Father, and He enjoys giving good gifts to those ask Him.
Maybe you’re not convinced? Let's squash three common misunderstandings about the Lord, prayer and asking...
Misunderstanding #1: Some people think, "Well, God knows what I'm going through and He'll just make sure all my needs are met." Not necessarily. He knows we need wisdom and a host of other things, but He wants us to ASK before we receive those things.
"…Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him." (Matthew 6:2)
"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does." (James 1:5-8)
Misunderstanding #2: Some people think, "You can't just ask God for anything – only the spiritual things." Really? Jesus said you can! Yes, we can ask for anything according to His will and for whatever we desire – if we remain in Him and His Word. When we walk with Jesus, His will and His desires fill our heart. We might be surprised to find that the Lord will put all kinds of interesting and fulfilling desires in our hearts when we delight in Him.
"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you." (John 15:7)
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him." (1 John 5:14-15)
Get the idea? Today get busy getting your "ask" in gear! Spend some time in the Word and present your desires before the Lord – ASK!
Say This: "Father, I am going to spend some time in Your Word. I ask You to saturate my heart with Your Word and Your will. I have been negligent on 'asking' – so I am going to get busy 'asking' You for things according to Your will. In Jesus' Name. Amen."