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Mastering the Act of Asking

Asking is the key to receiving. Questions are the gateways to answers. Answers rarely reveal themselves voluntarily; they only respond to appropriate questions. Answers can be hidden from everything else, but questions. This is a divine law. That is why the bible says “Ask and it will be given to you (Matthew 7:7)”. Jesus was our perfect example. He loved asking questions. At the age of twelve, He was found in the Synagogue asking questions from leaders. Later in His ministry, He showed us how to totally depend on God’s ability and provisions by constantly approaching His Father in prayer.

God is a giver(John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 2:12). But unless you ask, He is not obligated to deliver answers. You have a Father who is compassionate and generous to His children. His desire is to see everyone come to Him freely and boldly at all times, regarding anything they desire. The bible says “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!” (Matthew 7:11).  Asking is the first step toward receiving.

The questions you are willing to ask determines the answers you’ll receive. Question is a seed you sow to harvest an answer. But if you choose not to plant seeds of asking, you cannot reap appropriate answers as your harvest. So, here are a few questions to consider: How free are you in asking from your heavenly Father? What questions have you decided not to ask? What are those so called “trivial” matters of your life in which you’ve resolved God is not interested?

God is extremely interested in everything about your life. He wants to be involved in your day-to-day activities. Your future matters to Him as much as the present. Your questions about what colour of the pillowcases to buy is as important to Him as questions such as, “who are my children going to marry?” or “are my kids ever going to be saved?”

Questions reveal confidence. When you ask God something, it shows that you have confidence in His ability to supply what you ask. God’s greatest pleasure is to be believed (Hebrews 11:6). Once He senses your confidence in Him, He becomes focused to answer your requests.

Asking is a proof of humility. All of us probably know at least one person who is too proud to ask others for help. Your willingness to approach the throne of Grace for help is proof of submission. Your humility is documented each time you ask anything from your father in prayer (2 Chronicles 7:14).

4 Keys for Effective Asking

1)      Ask in Jesus’ name. Jesus is our access to the Father. His name opens to us the doors of divine treasure (John 16:23; John 14:14).

2)      Ask Scripturally. God will never go against His Words. He does all things according to the counsel of His words (Ephesians 1:18). The word of God is the nature of God and He will not contradict and deny Himself. Therefore when you ask, ensure you are asking according to the will of God (1 John 5:14; James 4:3).

3)      Ask in faith. Faith is to be persuaded that God is faithful to fulfil His promises. Faith is the supernatural key that unlocks the windows of heaven. Regarding the things of the Spirit, faith is the passageway to God’s abundance provisions (James 1:6-8). Thus, approach God in faith.

4)      Ask in love. God is love. Therefore, it is on the platform of love can we experience His divine presence and generosity. Our thoughts, actions and motivations must be rooted and grounded in the love of God, as we approach Him in prayer. This is what Jesus meant when He said “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” (John 15:17).

Furthermore, love is obedience. God measures our love for Him through our obedience (John 14:15). Our obedience is the only proof of our affections for Him (1 John 5:3). It is also the way we abide in Him. Therefore, prioritise obedience to Word of God.

Stay blessed,

Wale

 

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