As I minister in the church and in the churches, I more and more think of truths I wish every Christian knew.
This is something I hope we will all do.
God gives us everything we need to live the life of a Christian and serve him with power and Grace. Why is it we sometimes feel that we don’t have what we need? Why aren’t we really equipped to do the work of God in the world?
I think we don’t ask.
Jesus told us to ask, seek, and knock. He also promised that when we ask, seek, and knock, the door will be opened to us.
I believe we simply must ask him.
This seems so simple, but it’s a real problem.
Why are we more likely to see a counselor or consult with a pastor than to spend time alone with God seeking His will and asking His blessing? I see this same tendency in my life. Why don’t we ask?
Jesus made it so plain: “Ask, and it will be given 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). Jesus followed those words by speaking about parents and children. If earthly fathers want to give good gifts to their children, how much more does our Heavenly Father “give what is good to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:9-11).
John the Apostle reminded us that God is intimately involved in our lives. He will reveal wrong to us and He will show us the truth. Because He cares for us so much and has provided all we need, we can go confidently to the “throne of grace.” “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
We can have confidence before God that “whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 John 3:21-22).
Let us go before God, meditating on Him and what He wants in our lives. When we have need, let us ask, not selfishly but to accomplish His divine purpose in our lives.
God wants to give us good gifts. Let us ask Him for His blessings.
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