This year I am gonna ASK more.
I have seen a lot of posts playing the guilt trip about asking God. On FB alone, posts about asking and attaching guilt to it could really mess with your head. They tell you to praise more and ask less, to thank more and ask less, to worship more and ask less, to give more and ask less.
While those are essential for Christian living and is worthy of another discussion, asking is not a bad thing. Some preachers would go to the extent of shaming us about asking. When I read posts about ask shaming, it bothers me because that is not the God I know and serve. The God I know and have a relationship with is a generous God who is very unmindful of the times I ask.
In the past year, I have asked God repeatedly. I don’t think he minded because He kept giving. When someone shames a believer for asking the Lord too much and attaching guilt to the act, not only that it is not biblical, they also they paint a different picture of God from generous to conditional. Our asking ( and God’s giving) is not dependent on the amount of times we praise and worship. God cannot be manipulated that way. God is wise and knows what’s best for us.
When we ask, we shall receive is what Matthew 7:7 is about. John 14:14 says “anything” asked in the name of Jesus will be done. The Lord’s prayer instructs us to ask the Father DAILY for our needs. God’s nature is different from human nature. While we put limit to what and how people ask us, God’s resources is inexhaustible. We cannot outprayed him and we cannot drive Him crazy by our asking. He delights in blessing us.
If our Father is willing to give us a kingdom, why would he hold out on us on small stuff? When he instructed us to pray for our daily needs, it is dependence on Him that He is teaching. He didn’t say “give us today our monthly bread”, it is daily. It is constant asking and dependence on Him. We are not self sufficient and when we say stop asking God too much, it is saying that we are self sufficient when we are not.
We ask for what we need and oftentimes for what we want. God is not irresponsible and foolish. He gives us what is in accordance to His plan and his will. We can pray for things that we want, but God gives what we need. When we ask, He checks our hearts and our motives. Again, like I said he can’t be manipulated. ASKING is not a bad thing. God takes pleasure in His children depending on Him for everything-big or small.
Our Father is rich and He wants us to ask so he can bless us. 2 Chronicles 1:7 is proof that God is not stingy and is always waiting for us to ask.
“Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
No qualifiers, no condition, no guilt, no shame. Just ASK. The devil wants us to believe a lie that God is holding out on us. That God is annoyed at our constant asking. That is not true. That is not the God I serve.
Ask God for:
1. Healing. As we age, our body slows down. God is the great physician. He can take care of my migraine as He can take care of cancer.
2. Protection. Pray that no tragedy comes to your family. He sends angels to protect us Psalms 91:11
3. Salvation. Pray for your friends, family and for the rest of the world to know God and receive salvation.
4. Provision. We are valuable than birds and yet, God is taking care of them. Ask for our daily bread.
4. Whatever You Need-big or small. Ask in the name of Jesus and give back the glory when He answers you. If what we ask for is in His will-it will be given. God is not stingy. He is not irritated when we ask too much.