If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
(Matt. 7:11, NKJV)
God is a good Father! He's more generous than the very best human father we could think of. The Lord is not a withholder. He's not stingy. He gives good things to those who ask! Let's get our mind renewed to this fact: God is love! Love gives. God is a giver. This is His very nature!

So, God is love and He gives good gifts – to whom? Jesus tells us – to those who ask! There is something about "asking" that God likes. The Lord wants us to ask Him for good things! James tells us that "...we have not because we ask not...." Perhaps "asking" puts us in a place of dependence on the Lord, rather than being self-sufficient or presumptuous. When we ask God for something, it's a humble acknowledgment that we are needy and He is our good and benevolent Father – willing to give us the things we desire.

Sadly, many people don't know much about God's willingness to answer our prayers generously! Even fewer seem to know how to cooperate with Him in faith, by asking! Some people feel guilty or selfish when they ask God for things. Don't! God wants us to ask for things according to His will!

Some people see God in a skewed light. They think He's a mean judge ready to slap them for everything – especially when they mess up. They think He's a taker. They think He's reluctant to give gifts. They think He's stingy. They think He's not fair. They almost view God as an abusive personality that gets mad if you ask for things, yet takes pleasure in causing tragedies, disease and suffering for innocent mankind. How sad that many people don't really know our Father's true character as revealed in the Word and as revealed through the life and ministry of Jesus!

So, let's squash three common misunderstandings about the Lord, prayer and asking...

Misunderstanding #1: Some people think, "Well, God knows what I'm going through and He'll just make sure all my needs are met." Not necessarily. He knows we need wisdom and a host of other things, but He wants us to ask before we receive those things.
…Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
(Matt. 6:2)
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
(James 1:5-8)
Misunderstanding #2: Some people think, "You can't just ask God for anything – only the spiritual things." Really? Jesus said you can! Yes, we can ask for whatever we desire – if we remain in Him and His Word. He said if we asked for anything according to His will we could have it. The way we discover His will and desire is by spending time in His Word. When we walk with Jesus, His will and His desires fill our heart. We might be surprised to find that the Lord will put all kinds of interesting and fulfilling desires in our hearts when we delight in Him. God promises to answer when we ask according to His Word!
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
(John 15:7)

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him.
(1 John 5:14-15)
Misunderstanding #3: Some people think that if two or more come together in agreement, in Jesus' Name, that God will answer them. Not always. Two or more coming together in Jesus' Name is great – He's there in the midst. Getting into agreement is wonderful, but it's not enough! Jesus said: ask! The Father wants us to ask in Jesus' Name – don't assume – ask!
Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in My Name, there am I with them.
(Matt. 18:19-20)

In that day you will no longer ask Me anything. I tell you the truth, My Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name. Until now you have not asked for anything in My Name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
(John 16:23-24)
Get the idea? Today get your "ask" in gear! Spend some time in the Word and present your desires before the Lord – ask!

Say It: Father, I am going to spend some time in Your Word. I ask You to saturate my heart with Your Word and Your will. I have been negligent on 'asking' – so I am going to get busy 'asking' You for things! I believe You will be glorified and my joy will be complete! I thank You in advance for answering my 'asking.' In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Beth Jones Ministries
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