We Ask- God Answers

 

Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9 Amplified)

One rainy day I decided to flick through my journal and reflect on my thoughts. This jumped off the page at me, “Father, there You are… reminding me that my problems only appear to be overwhelming because I don’t bring them to You lay them down at Your feet and see how small they are in comparison to Your greatness!” That day I realised that our problems fade away when we come into the Throne Room and gaze upon God’s greatness! It’s so true, even though it’s so hard to do sometimes. I don’t know about you but if I have a problem I sometimes see it as being a silly wee request so I don’t want to bother God with it. I think to myself that I can handle it alone. But bringing our problems to God is a must, how else can we expect answers if we don’t ask?

Ask yourself?

Do you ever stop short of bringing a prayer request to God because you think to yourself that it’s too small for God to take seriously?  God wants to listen to your every request, write down some of the things you’ve been too afraid to ask God for?  Now, here’s the real test, step on into the Throne Room and bring Him your requests. He wants to hear from you!

What I journalled reminds me of Enniskillen 360. We had a few hiccups, thankfully no majors. It would have been so easy to try and tackle them alone without bringing God into it. But we didn’t, one morning when we split into our teams we prayed for provision. We prayed for silly little things that were niggling away at us. We asked God for the sort of things that most of us take for granted most of the time. We prayed for food, art supplies and a freezer of all things! I have to admit that I felt that we were pestering God in prayer, but it worked! We were over the moon when we realised that every problem that we can prayed over God had said “yes” to! It just goes to show that God has an answer for everything! Don’t hesitate to ask just because you think it’s so small it’s not worth bothering God about. He’s willing and waiting for you to ask. It pleases the Father to see His children seek after what’s on their hearts.

Bible-bones

I know I’ve covered this story before but bear with me, read Luke 11:5-9 once again… Just because you’ve read something once doesn’t mean that you should leave it at that.

Jesus told a story about a neighbour who turned up on his friend’s door-step at midnight. Back then it was way past everyone’s bedtime and it must have been the height-of-all-rudeness awaking someone from their sleep! The story continues, the neighbour pestered on, “friend, loan me three loaves of bread. A friend of mine has come into town to visit me, but I have nothing for him to eat” (Luke 11:5-6 NCV). The answer doesn’t surprise me, “don’t bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything” (Luke 11:7 NCV). In the end he gets up and gives his neighbour what he asked for. Why is this? Jesus explains, “if friendship is not enough to make him get up to give you the bread, your boldness will make him get up and give you whatever you need. So I tell you, ask, and God will give to you” (Luke 11:8-9 NCV). It doesn’t matter how petty your prayer may seem, ask for it!

Read on in Luke 11, “search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will open for you. Yes, everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find. And everyone who knocks will have the door opened” (Luke 11:9-10 NVC). Here’s how prayer works, I’ll put it as plainly as possible: we ask- God answers. It’s as easy as that! As long as it is according to His Will that is. I’m encouraging you to take possession in prayer. We don’t need to persuade God to give us a gift. We just have to take what’s already ours.

Heart-cry…

When you’re bringing your requests before the Lord be careful that it doesn’t turn into a wish-list! Pray over it again and again, keep seeking and striving day in and day out. Don’t give up. Sometimes God’s reply may seem slow in coming but it always comes right on time!

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