You see where I’m going with this? God wants us to ask for anything. It would break His heart if he thought, for whatever reason (we don’t want to bother Him, our need is too petty, too selfish, et al), we did not believe we could ask Him for something.
Something you need? Something you’re lacking? Just ask your Heavenly Father. True. He knows what we want – more importantly, He knows what we need. Yet, as His children, you and I have the freedom, the joy, the privilege to ask Him for whatever is on our heart. If we believe it’s perhaps what God has put on our heart – if we ask according to His will - doing the best we can with what we discern - God will answer our prayer. ALWAYS. Do you believe that? We have to trust that God will answer, according to His will, wanting not what is good for us, but what is best for us. God can and will give us more than what we ask for. He may give us something completely different than we asked for, because He knows what will ultimately satisfy our longing more than we do. Could it be that we sometimes ask for the bare minimum? Could it be we don’t ask at all? What are we afraid of? No earthly father wants their child to be afraid to come to him for anything.
Jesus made it clear:
“What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11.11-13) In Matthew’s version there is this: Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?
- We can trust that however God answers our prayers, He is not out to make things worse, and certainly wouldn’t give us something that would be harmful.
- What we can believe as we pray, is that God will give to us The Holy Spirit, who will then help us interpret God’s answers to our prayers. The Holy Spirit is the One who can also give us contentment with what we are given.
This morning, JUST ASK!
What do you want today? What do you need? What are you lacking? JUST ASK!!!!
Particularly during these times – ask God for wisdom, peace, unity, joy, hope…..
Thanks, this really got to me because, I apologize for asking God for things, crazy, huh? I feel I ask too much.
sometimes I forget to ask because I am so busy trying to figure it out on my own. The Holy Spirit walks with me, like a parent. It isn't like I have to go looking for Him