I have been enjoying my devotional time with Joyce Meyer Ministries. The other day Joyce was teaching on “Asking God” – as taken from these scriptures:
Matthew 7:7-11 (NKJV)
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Matthew 21:22 (NKJV)
22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.
If you are like me you have heard these scriptures many times. I had heard them but must admit that I was not really asking. Somehow it did not seem polite to keep asking for things – like a spoiled child who never thinks about anybody else but themselves. Me, me, ME!!!! Mine, mine, MINE!!! Whah, whah, WHAH!!!! It just felt WRONG.
So my prayer and communication had taken on a different tone over the years. Always respectful and thankful, bringing out confessions, my weaknesses and concerns for others, my family and friends. Walking and talking with God. But I believe I was missing one important aspect to prayer. I wasn’t asking.
Not only does God say to ask - but we are told to do so boldly.
New King James Version (NKJV)
16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
So the other night in my prayer time – I took a bold step and just asked. And because God already knows what I am thinking about I have to believe that the asking is partly for me. A step of faith. It helps me get things out and really deal with them. Rather than shoving them aside – or pushing them down deep where I don’t have to think about them.
Another thing Joyce said was this: Even if we don’t see the answer to prayer after asking – we need to tell ourselves that God is still working. That clear statement of faith with drive doubt and negativity from our minds and hearts when the waiting for answers seems long and hard. To think that when I boldly ask – and then leave it with Him to work it out in His timing behind the scenes – leaves me feeling peaceful and reassured.
For some circumstances it is easy to believe and have faith in the process of God’s timing. It is maybe even easy to ask. But there are situations where it is very difficult to ask. I have one right now – that has actually made me feel guilty about even asking. But the other night I asked anyway. I gave it away, and though I’m sure it won’t automatically just go away from my mind and heart – I took the steps to begin that great ‘behind the scenes’ work that only God can provide.
Have you an issue right now that you’re afraid to even ask about? You can be reassured that God wants you to ask. He will work out the details. He is trustworthy to bring only good for your life, peace for your soul and health for your mind and body.
Ask Him today. And know that He is still working.