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Ask and You Shall Receive

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If you could ask for ANYTHING in the world, what would it be? Would you ask for a brand-new car? A house? A million dollars? Or, perhaps you would ask for something less materialistic like a cure for your deadly disease, the unity of your family, the love back in your marriage, a good relationship with your children, a job to pay the bills, food to satisfy your hunger, etc.

Back in ancient times, when David, King of Jerusalem, died and left the throne to his son, Solomon, the Almighty God, creator of the Heavens and the Earth said to Solomon, “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3:5, NKJV)

Sometimes we envy Solomon and think how lucky he was to have the All-Powerful God ask him such a thing. Solomon could have asked for ANYTHING, material or not, and God would have given it to him. Wow! He had the power of God at his disposal! What would WE say if God gave us the same opportunity? Well, guess what? We don’t have to wonder. God has given us the same power as He gave Solomon. Here are a few verses to prove this:

  • Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Matthew 7:7, 8
  • And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. Matthew 21:22
  • Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.  Mark 11:24
  • And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.  John 14:13, 14
  • If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7
  • You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.  John 15:16
  • And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.  Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.  John 16:23-24
  • If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
  • Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15

Is this enough scripture to convince us of the power we have at our disposal? As children of God, we own the riches of our Father (Luke 15:31; John 17:10), for we are His heirs (Rom 8:17). This means, we have EVERYTHING! Do we realize who we are? It is hard to fathom our greatness (given to us by Him). It is almost scary.

But you say, “I make petitions to God all the time and receive nothing! What gives?”  That’s a good question. I have asked myself the same thing. James addresses this thought:

You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.  You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. James 4:2-3

If we look a little closer at the verses above we see a few requirements for receiving:

  1. Ask
  2. Believe
  3. Ask in the name of Jesus Christ
  4. Abide in Jesus and have the Word of God abide in you
  5. Ask according to God’s will

Are you bummed down now? Is there a catch to God’s goodness? No. God loves us. He has shown His love for us time and time again. If He didn’t hold back his own Son to give for our salvation, what wouldn’t He give us (Rom 8:32)? What can we ask for that is bigger than the Son of God?

The truth is, God wouldn’t give us anything that would harm us. I remember asking my mom for things that she plain told me, “No.” Was it because she didn’t love me? Was it because she wanted me to suffer? Was it because she couldn’t give it to me? No, it was because she knew it wasn’t good for me. Being a child at that time, I didn’t understand, but she knew better. She foresaw things I couldn’t. This is the same case with our Father God. He knows what’s best for us, and like children, sometimes we don’t understand His reasoning and think He is holding out on us.

Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:9-11, NKJV

God doesn’t always give us what we want, but He ALWAYS gives us what we need!  Let us thus come before His throne with confidence, knowing that in due time we shall receive what He has in store for us.

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