God tells us in the Scriptures that we have not because we ask not. And that whatever we ask in Jesus’ Name, believing, we will receive. (James 4:2 & Matthew 21:22)
I know this isn’t always easy. We make up our minds that we’re going all in and then we get to stuttering, doubting, rationalizing about why we shouldn’t have it, why we don’t deserve it….
The rest of the time we’re just plain old scared: shaking in our boots at the thought of making our request known because we remember allllllll those no’s we’ve heard before and allllll that hassle we had to endure to wrestle down those complicated yeses.
I think it changes the brain on a cellular level to have gone through all that. So much that I’ve even heard myself asking someone for something even as I lead them into telling me no!
“I need a ride to pick up my car. I was wondering if you would be able to maybe…if- you-can’t-give-me-a-ride-that’s-fine-I-understand-so-I-can-just-try-to-find-somebody-else.” (With literally no breath in between not one of these words!)
And I’m sure you can plug your own words into the structure of this one: “You don’t have $10 you’d loan me, do you?”
I mean this is counter productivity at is finest!!! Or is it at its worst? I don’t know but it’s certainly alive and thriving at one of these extremes.
But I’m being led to challenge all this right now in my own life and I feel led to share the experience with you. Let’s look at a couple of key things.
Who Were You Asking?
- Was it the Creator or was it the creation?
- Was it someone with fears, limitations, and ideas of less & lack?
- Was it someone full of judgements about you; sizing you up about your asking in the first place?
- Was it someone who even had the capacity or influence to give what you were asking for?
- (Here’s a good one): Were you so afraid of receiving the “yes” that you blocked your own progression by asking the person you knew would tell you “no”?
- Or did you ask it of your God the Father: Creator, Knower, & Provider of all?
It definitely makes a difference who you ask. We can look at past asking patterns to kickstart our state of self awareness in regards to our asking audacity. We want it to be high yet, at the same time, informed.
I retweeted a tweet a couple days ago that read along these lines: ‘We end up disappointed because we ask of man the things we should be asking of God.’ Powerful.
We can’t go around just whipping out our requests and dumping our wants & needs onto the laps of anybody. We are to ask the One Who owns a cattle on a thousand hills. Our heavenly Father Who already demonstrated His concern for your needs and provision when He gave His only begotten Son Jesus so YOU could have life more abundantly. What Better, Bigger, Brighter, more Beautiful Gift has ever been given on your behalf?
And what’s so amazing to me, is God doesn’t just give us what we asked for, He goes that extra, Sovereign mile and actually prepares us for the possession of it! And the bonus (yes, there’s a bonus) is that asking & allowing Him to prepare us is also our praise to Him, which He loves, so the blessing abounds even more! (Whew…what a set up!!!)
How Did You Ask?
Last but not least, it really, really, really, really matters how we ask. We’re taught by the Scripture that we are to ask believing, in total trust that it is done, already, in Jesus’ High & Holy Name. So we have to allow all those past thoughts of rejection, having been overlooked, ignored, & misunderstood to fall away from the forefront of our minds through cultivating a new expectation of YES through God in Christ.
This is a new day full of new mercy. Receive the truth that a new you you’ve never seen, never known before is available to you today, right now!
This new you has the power to make a conscious decision with laser focused intention on receiving and experiencing God’s love, acceptance, & grace with a new heart of faith.
It’s true that when we know we are loved and accepted by Him, the Creator of us and of all, that then (and only then) are we open to living a full life in the habit of making our requests known to God.
When the feelings and knowledge of love and acceptance have ex’ed out all the shame, blame, unforgiveness, ideas of unworthiness, and need for self pity & punishment we become a living breakthrough…walking Scripture…and a ready witness to the fountain of God’s glory, brilliance, and ever-new & fresh possibilities.
Ask and it will be given; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. ~Matthew 7:7, NKJV