Just Ask

“Maybe you need those arms to surround you. You need Him to fix something that is broken, like a relationship, or a career, or a life. . . . Gather up the broken pieces of your life and take them to Him to fix. Whisper His name: “Jesus!” Find the words to tell Him: “Jesus, this is broken; will you fix it please?” Speak His name.” (Jim Altizer).

“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?” (Matthew 7:7-11, The Message).

I wonder how much more God is waiting to give us that we have yet to ask for. I know God is sovereign and in control and probably already knows what we will ask before it even enters our minds, but I also know that He says for us to ask — not assume, not imply — but straight out ask.

I’m also all for praying for God’s will and in God’s name, but I also believe that if something is a desire of your heart and a constant thought in your mind, it’s better to speak it and name it and pray it specifically. I’m not saying there’s a magic formula that forces God to give you every single thing you want. I am saying God will often grant you what you ask for, or He will delay your request to make you into someone who can handle it, or He will give you something way better that you probably would have asked for had you known what God knows.

But it starts with asking. Not a one time then give up kind of asking, but a persistent continual asking and seeking and knocking until you sense a definite no or a not yet from God.

Pray for healing. Pray for a romantic relationship. Pray for a better job. Pray for improved finances. Pray for all these things, believing God will provide for all your needs. Sometimes, it helps to speak the words out loud.

Remember, the best part of prayer isn’t getting from God but in getting to know God and getting more of God as you understand and obey Him more. Then you pray more wisely and more in line with what God wants for you.

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