Key Passage: Matthew 7:7-11
Key text: Matthew 7:7 – Ask, and it will be given to you;
One of the most profound discoveries of life is that there is ‘someone who knows’. No matter how complex the situation is or how deep the conundrum is, there is someone who can unravel it. So one must of necessity walk through life in the humility that we don’t know everything. Also, on the same vein, what we do not have someone else has. This is also quite profound. We cannot know everything and we cannot own everything. But there is someone who knows everything and owns everything.
This is why we must develop the grace of asking. God our Father and creator, created man to be both interdependent and dependent. Interdependent on each other, (no man is an island) and dependent on God. Only a fool will say in His heart there is no God. So we must learn to ask others for help in our areas of deficiency, when it is obvious they have that knowledge or skill we lack. But even more importantly, we must learn the act of asking God to help us with our lacks and deficiencies.
God loves the “askers’. Those who have learnt to take Him at His word. There are so many promises in the bible about Asking. I will proceed to quote a few:
Jeremiah 33:3 – Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
1 John 5: 14-15 –And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
Ps 2:8 – Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
John 14:14 – If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Matthew 21:22 – And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.
Some people make the mistake of thinking that there is request is too mundane for a very busy God, who is dealing with much more significant issues in this world, like wars, flooding, famine, corrupt leaders etc. They reckon God can’t have time for their puny little requests, so they never ask and as such forfeit the opportunity to be surprised by God.
Let Us Pray: Father thank you that you have given us the invitation to come and ask you. Please let me not dishonour this invitation, by not coming to ask. I ask you for the grace to always know that you know and that you have what I lack and the simple wisdom to come and ask you. Thank you Lord. In Jesus name I have prayed.