Today, I’m beginning a new series of short, Bible inspired writings. I trust this will be the first of many, so here goes..
Consider the following words of Jesus, taken from Matthew’s gospel:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matt 7:7 (NIV)
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matt 21:22 (NIV)
In these verses, Jesus gives us a very simple instruction as to how we can receive from our Father. And yet, so many of us don’t receive what we ask for. How can this be? Surely He would not command us to do so if it weren’t true?
Yes, we need to understand that God is Sovereign, and sometimes what we ask for is not in accordance with His divine purpose and will. And sometimes we ask with wrong motives, thereby automatically cancelling our own prayers.
But I believe there is another, more simple explanation too. We are just too scared to ask!
You see, I think we confuse the word “ask”, with the word “beg”.
The world we live in has made us equate asking with weakness – that we should “stand on our own feet”, or “be independent and self-sufficient”. Asking for help means admitting defeat or weakness. And so we don’t ask, we determine to carry on struggling in our own strength.
I’m reminded here of Jesus’ words in Matt 18:3 “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (NIV). A child has no fear of asking His daddy for help. A child trusts that their father will give them anything, without wondering if it’s possible. And that father will do absolutely anything in His power to make their child’s dreams come true.
So, let us reflect. Are we God’s children? Do we trust Him to do all He can in His unlimited power to fulfill our requests?
So let’s determine in our hearts to ask our Father, with expectant hearts.
Jesus says we must.