Easy to say ~ Hard to do. The number of times I’ve told one of my children to “Just ask” is incalculable. Even now, as they bloom from teenager to young adult, I can almost hear the tiny child inside them pleading, Can you just ask them for me?
Learning to ask for help, directions, advice, or information is a valuable skill. Asking can smooth the way, clear up misunderstandings, and get your needs met. Teaching my children to ask for assistance for themselves was important to me. I knew it would make their lives easier if they didn’t fear asking for things. So why are we so reluctant to rely on the creator of the universe for our heart’s desires? What is preventing us from just asking?
The Cosmic Vending Machine
Don’t get me wrong; I don’t think God is some cosmic vending machine where we can just insert our prayers for some tasty reward. But I don’t think it hurts to ask for what we need or want, for guidance or direction, or simply for help when we don’t know what to ask for. When we desire to do God’s will with our lives. When we diligently seek His purpose for our lives, our requests are more likely to be in alignment with His will. If that is the case then [we] have not because [we] ask not. (James 4:2)
Get In Alignment
When we align our hearts with God’s will and we focus on pleasing Him, we can feel free to ask Him for all the blessings he desires to shower on us. I don’t have to worry about anything – He’s got it covered. I hope that you are getting something out of this 40-Day Challenge. Focusing on this chronological overview of the Bible and both reviewing verses I know and memorizing those I don’t is moving my heart closer to God’s purpose for my life. I hope it does the same for you!
Day 6 Challenge Reading
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.