DID YOU KNOW? God Wants You to Ask.
Read: Luke 18:1-8
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then ask for whatever you wish and it shall be given to you” (John 15:7)
Jesus instructs us to “always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1). The parable of the persistent widow demonstrates this point. She kept going back to the “unjust judge,” refusing to take no to her request to grant her justice. The judge finally gives in saying, “…because this widow keeps bothering me…I will see to it that she gets justice” (Luke 18:5).
Through this parable Jesus is encouraging us to be persistent in our prayers. But I realized something else about the widow’s asking. Not only was she persistent, she was also specific in her request. I myself was wanting to be more specific in my prayers, but was still wrestling with how to do this. I feared that somehow my requests would be unacceptable to God. I worried that they might be too grandiose or vain. How was I to know?
Then one night as I was praying one of my generic prayers, I heard the Spirit say to me, “Why do you come to my table as a beggar for breadcrumbs, when I have an entire feast for you?” Wow. That one knocked me out for a while. God was telling me I was asking for too little, when He had so much more to give. I realized right then and there my sights and expectations needed major readjusting when it came to asking from God!
The Lord was teaching me to confidently talk to Him about everything that was in my heart, and not treat them like some beggarly issue. As long as I “remained” in God (John 15:7)–pursuing, seeking and deepening my relationship with the person of Jesus through His Word–then I could be certain that my requests would be in line with His will. God had put individual desires in me and wanted to see me walk them out for His glory. All I had to do was ask.
Are you asking?
Dear Lord, thank you that you are such a love, gracious and generous God who delights in giving to those who love You. Give me the courage to come confidently to your throne, asking of You all that my heart desires. Thank you that as I spend more time with You, Your desires become mine. I love you Lord and only want what You want. May Your will, not my will, be done in Jesus name. Amen.
*Take-away treasure: How might you become more specific in your requests to the Lord?