Asking and Receiving
What do you need? Strength? Wisdom? Help? Favor? Blessing?
God’s response to your need is simple: “Ask.”
Prayer involves a variety of elements including listening, praising, confessing, forgiving, and surrendering. But in the Bible, prayer is primarily about asking and receiving things from God.
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Matthew 7:9-11 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Jesus used the word “ask” five times in Matthew 7:7-11. He promised that those who ask will receive, He based His promise on the argument that imperfect, human fathers will give their children good gifts. Therefore, our good Father in heaven will surely give us good gifts when we ask Him.
Prayer is asking and receiving good gifts from our Father in heaven. The words used most often for prayer in both the Old and New Testament have the primary meaning of asking.
Don’t Let it Rain
Recently, our church had planned an outdoor Easter outreach event for the community on Saturday at 1:00PM. The problem was that all week long the weather system predicted 1005 chance that strong rains would occur on Saturday.
All week leading up to the event, we met to pray. We asked God specifically to stop the rain on Saturday. But Thursday it rained all day. On Friday they were predicting rain for all day Friday and Saturday.
It did rain all day Friday and poured down rain through the night. It was so loud it woke many of us up and we prayed for God to stop the rain.
But when the sun came up on Saturday morning, in answer to pray, the rain stopped. Not another drop of rain fell all weekend. The event went off as planned and hundreds of people attended and heard about Jesus.
On Saturday evening a local weather broadcaster made an interesting statement. He said, that even though it had rained all around our region on Saturday, there was “a donut of dryness” over our area. Our heavenly Father had heard our prayers and gave us the good gift of dryness we had asked for.
God is your heavenly Father and He wants to bless you with good gifts. But sometimes what we think is a good gift, He knows is not the best thing for us. Remember that prayer is not me dictating to God my will. But it is me cooperating with God to accomplish His will on planet earth. Therefore, God answers prayers, ‘Yes,’ ‘No,’ and ‘Wait.’
Regardless of how God answers, we know that He always does so out of love for us as a wise heavenly Father who knows what is best for us, and what is best for others. But if something is good to have, it is good to ask for. Therefore, Ask.
Adapted from the book, 28 Days to Powerful Prayer, Dave Earley, Barbour Books,