“You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2). If we truly believe the Bible means what it says, what then might we have received had we asked? What victory? What healing or provision? What protection, restoration or redemption? What glory and worship might our heavenly Father have received if we had but asked His help in our time of trouble?
Why then do we not ask? What prevents us? Is the way blocked to God? Do we suppose Him limited or uncaring?
Quickly we find the open door: “Come boldly to the throne of grace,” the writer of Hebrews exhorts us, “that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor. 2:9, emphasis added).
The preparation is done, our answer is waiting, if only we come boldly and ask! We have no other precondition or criteria to achieve the answer God has made ready for us except one: we must believe! “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:24). “Let him ask in faith, with no doubting” (James 1:6).
Notice the vast extent of His invitation: Whatever things you ask!” What is overlooked in that majestic word? Is any need? Any concern or fear? Any pain or hopeless circumstance?
The One who answers is ready. The provision has been prepared. His abilities and compassions are limitless. Yet we often do not ask, we do not contend for our miracle, and His wonderful, sufficient response remains in the storehouse of His blessing.
Is it possible that God uses our adversities to teach us the benefit of asking? Does He let distress and dilemma have their way for a season while He waits to hear our cry? Does He use our desperate need to turn our eyes upward where we will find our Father listening and our answer at the ready?
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SOURCE: Charisma News