The Power of Asking
Prayer is primarily asking.
Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 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!
Repeatedly in this passage, Jesus told us to “ask” in prayer.
God is infinite. He has revealed Himself to us in a multitude of attributes and names, each reflecting a different aspect of His glorious nature. Therefore, prayer has a variety of expressions. But the words used most often for “prayer” in both the Old and New Testament have the primary meaning of “asking.” Why? Prayer is primarily asking.
Supplication is asking God to supply a specific need.
If prayer is asking then, the answer to prayer is receiving.
When people prayed in the Bible they asked God for things. Listen to some of the many the short simple prayers of these people in the Bible:
· Abraham’s servant as he tried to find a wife for Isaac asked, “Give me success today. (Genesis 24:12)
· Jacob, as he wrestled with the Lord said, Bless me.” (Genesis 32:25)
· Hannah pleaded, “Remember me.” (1 Samuel 1: 11
· David prayed, “Wash me…cleanse me…” (Psalm 32:26)
· Solomon prayed, “Give me wisdom to lead these people.” (2 Chronicles 1:10)
· Jabez requested, “bless me and enlarge my territory!” (1 Chronicles 4:10).
· When he needed fire from heaven Elijah prayed, “Answer Me” (1 Kings 18:37)
· As he faced imminent defeat, King Hezekiah prayed, “Deliver us” (2 Kings 19:19)
· In similar circumstance, Asa asked, “Help us.” (2 Chronicles 14:11)
· When he needed the king’s blessing to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem, Nehemiah prayed, “Grant me favor” (Nehemiah 1:11).
· When he faced tremendous opposition in the task, he prayed, “strengthen my hands” (Nehemiah 6:9).
· Isiah, “send me.” (Isaiah 6:8).
· As they the big storm when they were in a boat, the disciples prayed “Lord, Save us.” (Matthew 8:25)
· The blind men cried out, “Lord, have mercy.” (Matthew 9:27).
· The thief prayed, “remember me when you come into your kingdom." (Lk. 23:42)
· Jesus said, “Father, Forgive Them” (Luke 23:34).
All these prayers were short, plain, simple petitions to the Father to supply a specific need.
All these prayers were marvelously answered. Everyone of them received what they asked for and, in many cases, more than they asked for.
It is interesting that the prayer in the Bible that was held up as errant and ineffective was one that asked nothing, (Luke 18:10-12).
Prayer is asking and receiving. When we ask God for something we should expect Him to answer that request.
Today when you pray, go ask your Heavenly Father to supply exactly what you need.