“How am I supposed to smell what you need and what you are thinking, if you do not tell me?” I asked the adorable young adult who lives in my house. One would think that they know this: “If you want something, just ask.” Also: “Don’t then come to me later and complain that I don’t give you things, or do things for you if you have not asked me.”
Like any good parent, if I know what my child needs, I will go about meeting that need if it is good for them. I am not going to go ahead and give them an expensive car if they ask, (that is a vain prayer and does not deserve an answer) but anything good and reasonable which is within my power to give them, I will.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matt 7:9-11)
…give good gifts to those who ask Him!
What are you asking for Michelle? Your Father is in heaven, who is not evil like you, but is a good Father. That Father is looking at you with the same exasperation on His face, saying: “If you want something just ask!”
We can ask. He wants us to ask.
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matt 6:31-33)
He knows what we need, but He wants us to ask.
- I am His child and He is my father.
- All good things come from His hand.
- I have a need and He is the One that can satisfy that need.
- I have a need and when that need is met, I will have reason to say thank-you and praise His name.
“Do you know what my Dad did for me…”
If you don’t ask, you will get only what you can get for yourself, on your own. Asking opens the door to supernatural provision and care.
The starting point is to ASK.
Even Jesus asked and He tells us that we should ask:
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:15-17a)
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)
In fact, if we live by His instruction and do what pleases Him, in other words: we live the life He has called us to live, then we can confidently ask… and ask some more!
“Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.” (1 John 3:21-22)
To ask implies the simple use of your voice. ASK
“For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matt 7:8)
What have you asked for lately? We may have our reasons that we have not asked, we often assume that we will probably ask wrong, or that good things are not likely to come to us, or that God knows what we need (but will not give it to us) so we don’t bother asking. Or we just have not thought of asking for THAT.
Is it a good thing? Would God want you to have it? ASK
Stop now and ASK for a good thing (not a vain thing, a good thing) that a good Father would probably want to give to you and would like you to have.
Dear Father, from whom all good things come, thank you for Your love and care for me. I ask… …trusting that You hear my prayers. Thank you for showing me today that I can ask, should ask and that You want me to ask for good things. You have also shown me that if I ask for good things, that I will receive from Your hand as my loving and caring Father who knows what is good for me.