It’s In The Asking

What if the reason we struggle in so many ways is because we will not humble ourselves before God and ask Him for what we need?  Jesus says to ask God to supply our needs three different times and in three different ways in Luke 11:5-13.  First, he speaks of asking a friend for bread at midnight so that you could feed a friend who came to you after a long journey.  MIDNIGHT!  I would be rather upset due to the fact that I am an “early to bed, early to rise” kind of guy.  But the fact that you asked at midnight tells me of your desperate need.  This audacious and persistent request stirs the friend to action and generosity, even at such a late hour.  The point is that we should humbly ask God and continue to humbly ask of Him.  In His will and in His time, He will answer the request and fulfill our needs.
Then Jesus simply says, “Ask and it will be given to you” (Luke 11:9a, NIV).  Again, God’s answer is according to His will and in His time.  We must humble ourselves before Him and ask for what we need.
Finally, Jesus says that God is good and loves to generously give His children what they need.  Jesus describes people as “evil” (Luke 11:13, NIV) and yet capable of giving generous, good gifts to their children.  God, who is good (all the time), is so much more capable and willing to give good gifts to His children.  The best gift of which is Himself in the person of the Holy Spirit dwelling in the hearts of born again believers in Christ.
So we see that God is capable and willing to give His children what they need.  James 4:2b-3 (NIV) says:

You do not have because you do not ask God.3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Maybe our struggles in this life have little to do with God and much to do with us.  I think that we need to ask God to supply our needs every day.  After all, in Luke 11:3 (NIV), Jesus said to ask for “daily bread.”  We get so focused on working for tomorrow that we forget to ask God to supply our needs today.  This requires humility and patience.  Humble yourself before the Lord, ask Him to provide, and patiently wait for Him to supply.  God is not mean and stingy.  God is not incapable of providing.  The problem is not God.  Make humble prayer your habit and wait upon the Lord to give you all that you need.

Luke 11:5-13 (NIV)

5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

9 “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. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

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