Prayerfully Speaking

Hope from the Truths of God's Word

Asked and Answered

“…asking is the rule of the Kingdom.”  This short quote by Charles H. Spurgeon got my attention.  Could it be true? I believe the verses below, but am I living these? Do I ask? Does He answer?

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)

Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come. (Jeremiah 33:3)

So I did a word search on biblegateway.com.  Wow… There are so many accounts of people asking God for help and God supplying their answer or need.  Here are just a few that I found.

Hannah wept bitterly before the Lord asking Him for a son. … And in due time, she gave birth to Samuel. (1 Samuel 1)

David asked the Lord, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?”The Lord replied to David, “Yes, go ahead. I will certainly hand them over to you.” (2 Samuel 5:19)

Check this out. Here are just a few places where God invites people to ask Him and tells them He will answer.

That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” (2 Chronicles 1:7)

Ask the Lord for rain in the spring, for he makes the storm clouds. And he will send showers of rain
so every field becomes a lush pasture. (Zechariah 10:1)

The truth is… I forget to ask. And frankly, that is ridiculous. I don’t forget to use my key to start my car. I don’t forget to use my credit card at the gas pump.  These are givens in my life. I don’t forget to ask people to help me accomplish things at work. I need help, so I ask.  Then why don’t I automatically ask Him (the creator of the universe, the lover of my soul, the most powerful force) for help?

Here are my top 5 reasons:

why1. Pride – do I want to prove that I can figure it out myself?  Do I want to prove I can live without what I would ask for?

2. Fear – am I afraid to ask because I might not get the answer I want? Am I afraid of “NO”?

3. Guilt – do I feel like I don’t deserve the blessing? I am afraid that there is unconfessed sin in my life that will keep God from blessing me with the answer.  Am I ashamed to admit that I mess up? Am I too afraid to even notice it?

4. Lies – are lies from my enemy blinding me to the truth of who God is and how much He loves me?  Has the truth taken a back seat because I have ignored the need to remind myself of the truth about God and His love for me?

5. Absence of accounts of His power in today’s world – am I hearing others tell how He is working in their lives? When I do hear it, am I really listening and connecting the dots to WHO GOD IS?

Lord, please forgive me. I can be so foolish! Thank you for using that small simple quote to get my attention and bring me back to reality.

My reality is…

I asked You to help me submit to you and David, and you did just that. And my life has never been better.

I asked You to help me be the wife David needed and you did just that. I realize I need to keep asking!

I asked You to help me go to work for You, and now I work at Woodland Hills Family Church.

And the list goes on and on.

Thank you for God for giving me good gifts, the best of what you have to offer. Thank you that I can trust that you will give me and all who are yours – more than we can ask or imagine because you are the most powerful and your are love.

Here are a few extras…just to inspire you to ask and wait faithfully for His answer:

….your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! (Matthew 6:8)

Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? (Matthew 26:53)

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!  (John 14:12-14)

But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! (John 15:7)

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

One Reply

  1. Shelly Thompson

    It took me years to learn that if I don’t take care of myself, I can not take care of anyone else. My neice is about to have her first baby and this is the advise I gave her. Sleep when the baby sleeps. Do not clean the house, do not do the laundry. Sleep. When the baby is 18 you will not remember if your house was clean or if the laundry was done, but you will remember the time you spent with the baby. you will remember it more clearly if you are not sleep deprived.