“……..you have not asked; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy may be full and complete.” (John 16:24)
Many of us have a problem with asking. I know I do. Be it for help, an advice, an information, whatsoever. By not asking, there are so many things that we lose out on. Our attitude towards not asking may have be been birthed from childhood, parents always shutting up the child whenever the child asks a question, or while in school, classmates make fun of us when we ask a question in class, or so we won’t be branded as ITK (I Too Know) which translates to I want to know everything, or due to our personality which makes us insecure or feel inferior, so we avoid anything that will bring us out, or not to be seen as someone who’s dumb (mostly in our thoughts like: If I ask, won’t they see me as stupid or ignorant?)
It’s okay to ask.
Let me tell you this, it’s okay to ASK. I tell myself
THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS NO IF I DON’T ASK.
There was a particular time when I was in the university, I was so broke, broke was almost my middle name. I knew that if I called my dad and ask him for assistance, he’d give it to me. Times he’d tell me, “if you need anything, just call me”. But stupid fear and silliness didn’t let me be. During one of his regular checkup calls, he asked about my welfare, told him I was fine but broke. He asked since when, I told about some weeks ago. Guess what? Dad was pissed at me. Asking how I have been surviving for those weeks and why I didn’t ask him. He was like, I know I could have just told him and he’d know what to do. I had no excuse, I just apologised to him. Why this boring story?
God wants us to always know that “if you need anything, just call ME“
We are sometimes that way with our heavenly Father too. He already told us to Matthew 7:7, The Message Bible translation of that verse says, DON’T BARGAIN WITH GOD, BE DIRECT, ASK FOR WHAT YOU NEED. No thanks to fear, “won’t I be asking too much?”, “will He be able to do this? (like durrh, Luke 1:37 people) “I am not worthy of asking Him anything”, “I don’t deserve what I want to ask” and soooo many silly notions like that.
Jesus was telling us that, we’ve not received because we’ve not asked, that we should ask so our joy may be full. But, if we want to ask with those lies of the devil in our heart, we will receive nothing of the Father.
Asking is ‘Faithing’! Asking is Trusting! Asking is Waiting.
James 1:6-7 says “but let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord, KJV).
I’d like to end on this note, whatsoever thing it is that you need, all you have to do is Ask the Father! Ours is to do the asking, While His is to do the answering. So, while we ask in faith and not fear, we trust and wait on Him.
Dear one, kindly go ahead and ask the Father, knowing “And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ASK ANYTHING (make any request) according to HIS WILL (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [WITH SETTLED and ABSOLUTE KNOWLEDGE] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him, (1John 5:14-15, AMP).
PS: Do have a lovely weekend😘.