What is it that you need? What are you looking for? What would it take for your life to really mean something? What will it take for you to let God make your ordinary into extraordinary? What are you doing about the frustrations and disappointments that are holding you down and pushing you back?
I don’t know what you need, are looking for or doing about life, but I know what we all need to be doing. We need to be asking God for His help, guidance, direction and blessing. James 4:2 says: ”You have not because you ask not!”
The Bible is full of commands and promises concerning asking! Matthew 7:7-11 says: ”Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
And John 15:7 says: ”If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
And of course Philippians 4:6-7 which teaches us to: “6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
So the question is not should we ask, but how do we ask? And for the answer to that question, we must once again look to Scripture. In James 1:6-8 we read the following directions: ” 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
Let’s see if we can simplify this into some steps –
Step 1 – Believe!
Step 2 – Do not doubt!
Step 1 – Believe + Step 2 – Do not doubt = FAITH!
So how do we ask? In faith, with faith and through faith and God will respond every time! Remember: Faith is like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes! Go ahead, give it a try – you will be glad you did!