“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
-Luke 11:9 (NIV)
What are you asking God for today?
Luke 11:9 says to ask God and it will be given to you. I think many of us have read this scripture so many times that we have memorized the words but have not realized what it is saying. Maybe it is just me who does this.
It is a question all of us must ask ourselves even if we feel people are watching and judging us. The fact is that God cares for you and tells you “ask me”. Maybe you’ve been let down by other people so much that you haven’t turned to God lately to ask him what you need or what you want.
As a Mom I am guilty of wanting to ask God for something but not feeling like I’ve earned it. As if I am not worthy of even asking my Heavenly Father what I want. He already knows what is on my heart and it may not be what I need but that doesn’t stop me from asking Him.
So this particular scripture got me thinking what does God want His children to do?
The word ‘Ask’ is mentioned 232 times in the Bible and according to Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word is largely referenced to mean:
1) to request;
2) to inquire;
3) to request permission; and
4) to obtain.
If a word like ask is referenced this frequently we can only assume that this is clearly a message we need to understand. I also believe this word is overlooked because the world tells us different things. The world likes to feed us the deception that we don’t need to ask God either because we are not worthy enough or that we are strong enough without God. It takes practice to keep reminding ourselves and one another of the truth that God has called us to.
Sometimes we ask God for something and then it doesn’t come to pass immediately and we think God has told us No. In actuality, He may not of told you No but His answer is not always in line with our idea of immediate. The answer may in fact be Yes but the scriptures does not say it will happen immediately according to how fast we want God to work for us.
This particular verse first instructs us to Ask God. This is not the end of your prayer but merely the beginning. As you read on you see further instructions of “seeking” and “knocking”.
So if you’d like to participate I have a challenge for us all (myself included).
Let’s just start with asking God for what we want or need. Don’t stop asking either. I want you to ask Him for something that you think is impossible and for the next month just keep asking Him for it. Next month I am going to be writing about seeking God for what you are asking Him about with my third post being about knocking on the door for what you asked Him for.
What are you asking God for? I’d love for us to share with one another as we strive to seek God’s truth regardless of what our life situation is telling us.